Vh1 News Interview│Lifehouse
They’ve been on the road for over ten years, and with four albums already under their belts, Lifehouse are back with their fifth and arguably best, record yet.
Guitarist Ben Carey tells Vh1 why there’s no illusion behind their new release ‘Smoke & Mirrors,’ the joys of travelling by private jet, and working with Rihanna.
Vh1: Tell us about the new album ‘Smoke & Mirrors’
Ben Corey: We stepped outside of our comfort zone on this record. We work hard on the road, we tour a lot. We’re a band who does it like the old guys does. We really play, we really sing, we’re out there rocking as much as we can , we tour very very hard, we took elements of our live show into the studio, which is the rock side of the record, and also we worked really hard on the song making and the record making process for the radio side of the record.
Vh1: You’ve been touring with American Idol finalist Chris Daughtry. How’s that been?
B: Chris is a good friend of ours. All the guys in the band Daughtry are really great. We’re currently on a three and a half month tour round America with them.
We actually met Chris about two or three years ago in Texas, we wanted to meet him and he wanted to meet us, he’s just the real deal. It’s great fun touring with them coz we’re definitely out there together, we’re loving it.
Vh1: Lady Gaga and Rihanna have both been Down Under recently, are you fans of theirs?
B: I think Lady Gaga is a great artist. She’s pushing the envelope, she’s definitely outside of any box and I admire that, she has great songs, great pop songs.
Rihanna, she’s a great singer and a great performer. We’ve done a few shows with Rihanna, she’s a nice girl, you know we get on great. From the little we’ve had to do with her it’s been really really cool.
Vh1: So might we see a collaboration in the future?
B: You never know. We’ll see how the paths cross I guess. She’s a great artist, a great singer and only time will tell.
Vh1: Ben you live in LA, but were born in Australia. When are you guys going to do an Oz tour?
B: I’d be really excited to get back home and play. I’m really happy the single is doing well in Australia. I get lots of calls from friends and family saying, ‘hey we heard you on the radio today.’ It’s exciting for me and it’s exciting for the band. I’d love to take them back home and show them my Australia.
Vh1: Lastly, as a rock-star, what’s the most rock n’ roll thing you’ve ever done?
B: A couple of times we had to do the private jet thing, you know try and be in 16 places at once, all on the same day. That was definitely a departure for me. It was pretty cool. Definitely a step out of the norm.
Get your hands on Lifehouse’s new album ‘Smoke & Mirrors’ - out now!