Lit's Jeremy Popoff Talks Tragedy Turned Triumph, Country Music, and Doing It Live
Lit is a band that's experienced its share of tragedies. The death of drummer Allen Shellenberger in 2008 definitely put making new music on hold for a minute, but the band took up where it left off, adding drummer Nathan Walker. "We've all come to accept that out of tragedy can come triumph," Jeremy Popoff says. They took their pain and made music.
Lit's been together for 23 years and includes brothers A. Jay and Jeremy Popoff. Lit is more like a family than a band. "We've always been a very tight unit of guys," Jeremy says.
and lives part-time in Nashville. Though it's actually his second home,
it's like a second home of the rest of the band. He's
made music with Jimmie Johnson and Colt Ford. Jeremy says of country as
opposed to the California rock scene as, "Kind of keeps me on my toes,
keeps my mind inspired.
I still write songs about girls and drinking and having a good time.
Country tends to be more descriptive; there's a little more of a story
being told." Working with country music has changed the band's approach slightly. "As songwriters, we just grew," he observes. "Lit songs just grew.
everyone always calls their newest album their best yet, Jeremy says the one set for a June release actually is. "At the end of the day, this record is a
Lit record," he says. "Everyone who liked the old Lit will be stoked on the new Lit,
to be sure."
and outside businesses, he says, but when "we get out there on the road, and
it's like no time has passed. We're just as crazy as we were ten years
chance one of us is going to be too drunk, is going to break something,
or someone is going to get hurt. We have a dynamic onstage; it's not
rehearsed, it's not controlled or contained. It's very much five guys
rocking out like it's our last show on Earth." He jokes about aging, "The only
difference now is that we're a lot more sore."
show is different -- you're not going to experience an album-perfect
performance. "I want it to be a little bit on the verge of falling
apart. I think that's sometimes the magic of rock 'n' roll. Especially
the magic of seeing that live. This is where the real human element of
the industry comes out."
Lit at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-449-1025, or visit jointherevolution.com.
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