Singer-songwriter and guitarist Norton Lucas of indie band Perpetual Care is interviewed about his upbringing, his creative process, his love for his bandmates, and much more.
How did you get into music?
Well, I grew up in Germany from my first memories. My dad was in the Army most of my life. Lots of different people from all over, mostly Americans. And military families like to party pretty hard. Biker rallies, house parties, barbecues, that sort of thing. So music has been a part of my life since I can remember. I couldn’t tell you what first got me into music, but I got my first guitar when I was 14 years old. It’s one of the only things I’ve actually stuck with and worked hard at my entire life. I make a lot of mistakes in life, but music is one of the only things I can say I’m responsible with. It’s sacred.
Your influences include …
Oddly enough, I don’t listen to music too often. Like on purpose anyway. I don’t put music on just to listen. So when people tell me I sound similar to other artists, I’ve usually never heard of them. I do admire The Beatles though. I hope that my own work will reflect the diversity of style that they had.
I got pretty depressed and drank a lot, and I accidentally wrote an album’s worth of country songs
What draws you to your preferred genre?
Well, I used to say I like any music but country, and then for a few years, I got pretty depressed and drank a lot, and I accidentally wrote an album’s worth of country songs. I guess whatever style I mess around with depends on my mood.
Describe the music you make …
Man… that’s pretty hard to say. We bounce around a lot with particular sounds, but I suppose what we seem to stick to is that it’s lyrically driven. Mostly straight forward as well. I like to keep it honest.
What is your creative process like?
Well these days, most of my writing happens when I’m either bored to death or hung over. Boredom because my brain always needs something to do, and hung over because I’m usually in a pretty emotional state when I’m dehydrated and anxious. I also try not to get burnt out. I take lots of time to just do whatever and let the music happen instead of grind out tunes.
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How did you get your start in the Savannah music scene?
I played an Open Mic at a bar I won’t name. No applause at all. People were obviously not there to hear music. Then I went to a place called Tantra Lounge. Much warmer environment. I got my sea legs and after that I started frequenting The Wormhole. That’s where I met everyone in Perpetual Care.
Talk a bit about Perpetual Care …
I’d rather live in Bosnia with them then in Hawaii without them. Their super talented, intuitive, and they put up with my shit. Perpetual Care is more than just a band to me, it’s family.
No disaster will ever change that. Save for a meteor wiping out the planet
Talk a bit about the significance of the Wormhole to you …
Not only did I meet the members of the band there, I met the Wolf Pack, a bicycle club that I’m in. Their like another family to me as well. Not only that, but it’s also where I met most of my friends, played most of my shows, and it’s where I work, so it’s my livelihood. That being said, wherever Perpetual Care ends up, The Wormhole will be considered our launchpad.
Your thoughts on the current state of the Savannah music scene …
It’s a special kind of animal, our scene. You can find all styles under the sun here. It’s tough to get paid, but I think that weeds out the less passionate. We took a big hit from COVID, but the musicians in this town have true grit. I’m sure we’ll all bounce back. People still like music. No disaster will ever change that. Save for a meteor wiping out the planet.
What’s next for you?
Right now we’re recording all our material, and there’s a ton of it! So we’ll be releasing pretty frequently before long. That and going on tour. That’s the dream. And once we’re ready, it’ll come true.