Nash Country Daily sat down with Chris Lucas and Preston Brust of LOCASH to talk about their new album, The Fighters, which drops on June 17.
NCD: What did having a No. 2 hit like 2016’s “I Love This Life” teach you about yourselves and your fans?
Preston: Patience pays off. Chris and I have been together for more than 10 years—don’t tell anyone that [laughing]—but we are always evolving and learning. We wrote that song with Chris Janson and Danny Myrick, and we wrote it for Garth Brooks when we heard he was coming back to make an album. We thought it would be a great anthem for him. But it wasn’t meant to be, and then Billy Currington took a long look at it.
Chris: Finally, we ultimately decided the song was perfect for us. And we’re so glad we did. It’s like one of those game-changers. Like when Keith Urban told us he was going to record the song we wrote [with Jaren Johnston] “I’m Gonna Fly.” It changed our lives.
Keith took that song to No. 1 in 2011, which was an especially tough year for you guys, right?
Preston: 2011 really tested us, and I’d be lying if I said we didn’t reevaluate ourselves and our career at that time. That year, Chris lost his dad and his aunt, our fiddle player died and then our label folded. It was almost too much to endure.
Chris: On top of that, before our label folded, we were scheduled to go on a radio tour. And we decided to keep our word and still do it, even though the money came out of our pockets. I lost my house and my car paying for that. But I think country radio has always appreciated us for that and they’ve shown us so much love for it since then.
Preston: Then Keith told us he was recording “I’m Gonna Fly,” and it was like this great light at the end of a dark tunnel.
You proved you were fighters back then. Is that why you named your new album The Fighters?
Chris: It’s definitely part of it. We’ve been fighting and scratching and clawing together for a decade.
Preston: Tom Douglas sent me over a song called “The Fighters” and I listened to it, and the song just spoke to me. We had basically already recorded most of our new album, but we didn’t have a name for it yet. The song spoke to my heart. Everyone is going through something in their lives—they have or they will—or they know someone who is. We’re all fighters, from every walk of life. This song and album are for everyone who is fighting for something. I played it for Chris and he loved it immediately.
Chris: I threw up my hands I was so excited to hear it, and we made it our title track. We literally high-fived when we heard it together. We didn’t write the song, but it spoke to us in a way that we felt it needed to be heard.
It’s been three years since your last album. What’s the biggest difference in you as a band?
Chris: We’ve put a lot of miles on the road, playing every show we could.
Preston: We just tried to build our fan base one fan at a time. I think we’ve already played something like 85 shows this year, and it’s only halfway over.
You guys always seem to have fun together. Was that the case recording the new album?
Chris: We had so much fun in the studio recording this album. We’d have some drinks, order some pizza or Chinese food and just get after it. Everyone was always in a good mood and very relaxed. There’s a song on the album called “Drunk Drunk” and we were actually drunk when we recorded it. It was so much fun.
Preston: Our producer Lindsay Rimes is amazing and hilarious. He’d always have us cracking up. We were smiling the whole time we made this record and I think it shows. Lindsay always kept the studio in great spirits and because of that I think our passion came through in the songs.
The Fighters Track Listing
“I Love This Life”
“Ring on Every Finger”
“I Know Somebody”
“God Loves Me More”
“Till the Wheels Fall Of”f
“Ain’t Startin’ Tonight”