Regina Band Interview Series: Laska

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Yay! another good band!

Only band members with half faces are allowed/Laska

Only band members with half faces are allowed/Laska

Author: Jessie Anton – contributor

Whether you’ve watched them kill it at Relay for Life, or you’ve caught up with them on NoiseTrade and Bandcamp, local Regina band Laska certainly satisfies both your Indie and Alternative needs.

On Friday, Oct. 3, these guys will be sure to leave your ears smiling as they perform at the Artful Dodger with special guests NAYSA and Gunner.

Want to know more about the band that rhymes with fun? I thought so. In this second edition of the Carillon’s “Regina Band Interview Series,” we get up close and personal with the group’s drummer and back-up vocalist, Landon Leibel.

Just like their upbeat music, Landon answers these ever so thought-provoking questions with feverish candour, while adding a dash of fun in each answer.

What first got you interested in music?

My dad and grandpa put me on the path to music. My dad was also a drummer and played drums a lot at our church. He gave me his drum set when I was 10-years-old. My grandpa taught himself to play guitar, bass guitar—pretty much any instrument he could get his hands on. Fortunately, I inherited this paternal gene (and my grandpa’s bass guitar and ukulele).

How did your band get into the music industry?

We did some recording and uploaded our self-titled EP to the Bandcamp website. We’ve also been featured on the NoiseTrade website, and have played at a lot of local venues in the city.

 What are your future goals as a band?

 We are looking at recording a full-length album in the next year. As well, we will continue to write music and play shows in Regina.

 What is the meaning of life?

 Funny, I asked SIRI the same question and she replied, “Try and be nice to people. Avoid eating fat. Read a good book every now and then, get some walking in and try to live together in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations.”

 What is your definition of true love?

 The opposite of false love.

 Do you prefer reading fiction or non-fiction books?

 Books?

 Which superhero do you look up to the most?

 Me (because I sneak out at night to save people).

If you could eliminate one of the 10 commandments out of the Bible, which one would you eliminate?

The number 11 one?

What are your greatest failures?

Reading music… I just feel it!

What are your greatest successes?

Driving a Ford Focus car, and hauling my band gear in it.

Do you like cats?

I’m allergic, but they are cute and cuddly.

Who are your favourite sports teams?

Baltimore Ravens, Saskatchewan Roughriders and the New Jersey Devils (not in that particular order, though).

Which musicians inspire you the most?

My grandpa, my dad, Jack White, Dave Grohl, Brad Wilk, and all my bandmates!

Would you like your life to end with a fairytale ending or a tragic ending?

Happily ever after (like Shrek).

What is your biggest pet peeve?

People filing their fingernails.

If you could go back in time historically and punch anybody you wanted to with no consequences, who would you punch?

I’m a lover, not a fighter!

What are your favourite ice cream flavours?

Tiger Tiger and Rolo.

Why is the sky blue?

Because that’s an official colour of a Crayola crayon.

What physical aspects of yourself are you most proud of?

My height, personality, and my drumming!

What areas of life do you take the most pride in?

Family, friends, music…oh, and chocolate pudding.

Seems reasonable to me – who doesn’t love chocolate pudding? (I know I do). Well, my good people, I give you Laska’s chocolate pudding-loving, Shrek-watching, superhero/drum-man, Landon Leibel. Don’t forget to catch up with Laska at 7:30p.m. at the Artful Dodger on Oct. 3.

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