Interview with Leighton Antelman of Lydia

Arizona natives Lydia have had their fair share of ups and downs. With several lineup changes and a breakup turned hiatus, the band trudged through as a duo, not only managing to land a spot on the Pioneer World Tour with The Maine, but also managing to produce a well-received album by critics and fans alike. Their latest release, ‘Paint It Golden,’ is the fourth effort put forth by the group and has been coined by some as a “rebirth,” though the band themselves may not necessarily agree. The album contains the best of what Lydia has to offer, showcasing their musical layering, emotionally tantalizing lyrics, and singer Leighton Antelman’s haunting vocals, proving that the duo definitely has more to deliver under the Lydia name.

Just an hour before taking the stage, Antelman met with us in a back room of Austin’s La Zona Rosa, looking quite comfortable on the large worn-out black couch upon which he sat. As his tourmates Arkells played just a room away, he discussed with us the band’s latest music video, their writing process, and how they met The Maine before this tour.

Pick up Lydia’s latest album, Paint It Golden.

For the band’s upcoming tour dates, check out their Facebook page.