The Refrain Interview: Loud Love

Bringing the rock ‘n roll genre back to center stage, Philadelphia based rock band Loud Love formed in 2020 during the throes of a global pandemic, only to make a significant splash on the Indie Rock and Punk scenes once the world began to reopen. After partnering with Mission Pro Wrestling as their official music provider and content creator, Loud Love has been working hard to create their soon-to-be released 5 song EP, Phases due later this year. 

When they’re not recording or songwriting in-studio, Loud Love lights up the stage with core members Shannon Nicholas, Vincent Marone, Cody Leeds, and Bill Monetti. Legacy band members Pat Mitchell, Miguel Manzano, and Alex Cross also join the lineup from time to time as well. Loud Love delivers a high-energy live show like no other, setting them apart from your typical rock quartet.

Influenced by bonafide rock legends that span generations – from Aerosmith to Tool, from Metallica to Green Day, Led Zeppelin to Ice Nine Kills, and everything in-between – Loud Love is the perfect blend of technical skill and punk rock attitude.

We had a chance to chat with Loud Love about their new single as part of our The Refrain Interview series.

Refrain Music Blog: Thanks for taking the time to do this interview. You have a new single out now. Tell us about it? What’s it called? 

Vinny Marone: Thanks for giving us the opportunity to talk with RFB! LOUD LOVE’s latest single is called “Lions, Wolves & War” and it was released on Friday the 13th – August 13, 2021 to be exact.

RMB: What’s the single about? 

Vinny Marone: I wrote the music to this song around 2017 after hearing the Foo Fighters’ collaboration with Producer Greg Kurstin, Concrete & Gold. My friend Wallace Gerdy turned me onto Electro-Harmonix’ Octave guitar pedal. During the first thirty minutes of having one of my own, I plugged it in and wrote the music to “Lions…” including the catchy riffs and chord progression. The demo sat on my harddrive until 2020. We all know all the things that happened in 2020. One of the most impactful things that I witnessed was seeing minority groups – from Black Lives Matter, to LBGTQ, to Native Americans, among many others – finally being listened to and given a chance to speak their truths and let their voices be heard. As a “white man”, I wanted to be sure that I was an ally to anyone who felt oppressed or discriminated against. Coming from a place of white privilege, I didn’t know the best way to do this. So, during a conversation with a good friend of mine who was very active in her community’s outreach, she gave me the best advice I could have ever been given… which was “Shut the f#ck up, let us say what we need to say, and LISTEN.” It was so impactful. So the lyrics to this song are my reflection of that time and that conversation with my friend.

RMB: What’s the story on how it was recorded?  

Vinny Marone: You’ll notice the crackly, fuzzy noise in the beginning of the song. This was me plugging the Electro-Harmmonix pedal in for the very first time and playing the first thing that came to mind – which was the main riff of the song! That initial recording that I made with my iphone back in 2017 stuck with it all the way through to the mastering process. The rest of the song was mainly recorded at The Gradwell House Studio in Haddon Heights, New Jersey in the Fall/Winter of 2020. Matt Weber engineered almost everything and also provided drums for the session since we didn’t technically have a full-time drummer at the time we recorded “Lions…”. Our bassist at the time (and founding member) Pat Mitchell recorded his bass in quarantine at home in Philadelphia. Myself and Shannon (Leeds, Lead Singer of LOUD LOVE) also recorded our vocals from home and sent them to Matt to mix. Once it was finished, Dave Downham mastered the track so that we could release it as a single.

RMB: Is it part of a larger album? If so, tell us about that. 

Vinny Marone: “Lions, Wolves & War” is set to appear on our first EP entitled Phases. Phases will be somewhat of an anthology of all the singles we’ve released up to this point, with and extra track or two added to launch into our first full-length album which will come later.

RMB: When is that album out?

Vinny Marone: We expect Phases to drop this November 2021.

RMB: How many songs on the album?

Vinny Marone: Phases will be a five-song EP.

RMB: Is this your first album?

Vinny Marone: Phases will be our first collection of music. Hopefully, as referenced in its name, this will give listeners an idea of how are sound has grown since our formation up until now.

RMB: Tell us a little about the band. Who are the members and what do you each play?

Vinny Marone: LOUD LOVE will always have an extended family. But at our core, we are: Vinny Marone (Founding Member) – Guitars and Vocals Shannon Leeds – Lead Vocals, Guitars Cody Leeds – Bass Billy Monetti – Drums

RMB: How long have you been together?

Vinny Marone: LOUD LOVE technically began during the early stages of the pandemic in 2020. It started when Vinny wanted to actually move on from performing in bands and focus on producing music for film, television, and other mediums. At the time, Vinny was collaborating remotely with a lot of musicians (including co-founding member, Pat Mitchell). Vinny and Pat were having so much fun recording all of this music remotely that they knew when the time was right, they wanted to form a band. After collaborating with everyone from local and regional musicians, to Grammy Award Winners, to future Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, etc. – Vinny finally met Shannon Leeds face to face in the Fall of 2020. Along with her husband Cody, it was pretty evident that the group had some intense creative chemistry. When the opportunity came to get in a room and jam, the group hit it off immediately and decided to move forward with LOUD LOVE as a full-time band.

RMB: Have you had any significant line up changes recently? What happened and how is everyone feeling about it?

Vinny Marone: Once Summer 2021 hit, Pat decided to stay local along with Miguel Manzano, the drummer LOUD LOVE had jammed with leading up to that point. Cody took on full-time bass duties while drummer Billy Monetti was officially added to the fold before the group went on their first road trip.
Vinny Marone: I don’t want to speak for Pat, per se, but I can confidently say as his friend that staying local was something he always wanted to do. But as far as myself, Shannon, Cody, and Billy – our goal is to travel as far as we can to play our music, to meet new people, to talk on podcasts, make records in awesome studios, and everything in-between. Whether it’s Pat, Miguel, or any of the other amazing musicians we’ve worked with up til this point – they will ALWAYS be extended family. They will ALWAYS be welcome in the studio or on stage to create magic. With that said, the core of us are ready and able to represent LOUD LOVE and play our hearts out on stages across the country and around the world.

RMB: What’s the one thing you are most proud of in your career so far?

Vinny Marone: Getting to work with three of my musical heroes – Lisa Loeb, Josh Freese, and Derek Sherinian – has by far been the most proud moment in LOUD LOVE so far. One of the songs we wrote with Josh, “Hold Fast”, was released last year. The other also features Lisa – as well as an entire orchestra of musicians. That song should be released sometime in 2022 along with an incredible heavy tune we wrote with Derek.

RMB: If you had to pitch your music to a potential fan in less than 10 seconds, what would you say?

Vinny Marone: LOUD LOVE is genuine music with a folk heart, a punk rock soul, and riffs that will make you dance your heart out!

RMB: What’s one piece of advice you’ve gotten that you think everyone needs to hear or that has meant the most to you?

Vinny Marone: Don’t worry about what music you think people want you to play. Don’t think so much about appealing to a “wider audience”. Stay true to your art. Write genuine lyrics. Because at the end of the day, musicians play music and create art for themselves first.

RMB: If you could go back in time, what’s a piece of advice you would give to a younger you?

Vinny Marone: Find Shannon, Cody & Billy and start a band NOW!

RMB: What’s coming up next for your musical project?

Vinny Marone: LOUD LOVE plans to wrap up 2020 by taking some road trips out to Artemas, PA for Camp Punksylvania, Atlanta, Georgia, Brooklyn, Philly, among other places, in order to prep for our first OFFICIAL tour out to the midwest in January 2022! In between, we’re heading to the studio of Pete Steinkopf (of The Bouncing Souls) to record songs for a special 7″ vinyl that we plan to drop soon after Phases releases in November.

RMB: Anything we haven’t thought of that you want to talk about? Now is the time!

Vinny Marone: We’re always looking to engage! Of course we’d love for you to visit our socials @loudlove.music or our website at www.loudlovemusic.com – but please feel free to DM us, email, snail mail, whatever! Talking with friends and fans is our favorite part of sharing our music.

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