At just 23 years old, Luke Rathborne has already accomplished quite a bit. Along with his brother, he operates Williamsburg's Live at the Pyrmamids venue; he's written a book of poetry that comes bundled with his brand new album, which is actually two EPs—one featuring his more pop-oriented work with a full band and another of his darker, more intimate material—and he even wound up playing to tens of thousands of people opening for The Strokes at this year's SXSW. It's too much to handle, really—or it would be if he weren't such an obvious talent, a knowledgable music fan who's as capable of capturing a room with just an acoustic guitar and his soft but commanding vocals as he is with a full-on rock band.
Favorite NYC venue?
Percentage of shows played in Brooklyn vs. Manhattan?
What New York band from the past has had the biggest influence on your sound?
Swans, Cro-Mags, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, Blondie.
Favorite song about NYC?
Did anyone ever figure out if "Bled White" is about NYC? "C.R.E.A.M.," "Fairytale of New York," "Famous Blue Raincoat" and "Coney Island Baby," too.
On tour for a month, what album would get the most play in the van?
There would be a continuous conflict. John Eatherly (drums) and I would end up listening to Bad Brains, the Tame Impala record, Michael Hurley and The Frogs' It's Only Right and Natural.
Ideal four-band bill, realistic:
I only dream.
Ideal four-band bill, dream:
Bad Brains, early Clash show. Old Misfits show. Roy Orbinson. Bach would be pretty sick to see live.
If you had to relocate to another city, where would you go?
Los Angeles. The shitty part.