What was the inspiration for the song Cleanse?
Without getting into too much personal detail, this song was inspired by someone I know who was diagnosed with a rare cancer. Young and freshly married with a lot of life on the horizon and then suddenly diagnosed with cancer. I couldn’t get the idea out of my head of what they might be going through and how would I feel if I was in that place. It’s really a depressing song and I still feel the weight behind it even though the situation behind it is not as fresh as it was when I wrote the song.
I’ve heard Cleanse will be released soon — what can you tell me about the next release for Luca?
Our next release if all goes according to plan will be out by the end of the year. Fingers crossed on that! It’s the biggest sounding thing we’ve ever done, it’s quite different than our previous stuff, but at its core will still very much feel like a LUCA album. I started writing it the day we finished our previous album so I’m glad to see it finally coming to fruition more than a year later. I’m excited for people to hear it and hopefully find something in it that means as much to them as the songs mean to me.
Last question — and more seriously: given the choice, which fictional cereal mascot would you be and why?
I’m coming in with the ringer here and I think I’d like to be the Cookie Gnome guy from the Cookie Crisp boxes back in the 80’s before they changed it to the wolf guy. He’s a forgotten treasure for sure.