The Backseat Lovers – in session for John Kennedy – Radio X – May 14, 2022 – Radio X, London –
Relatively new band on the scene to close the weekend. The Backseat Lovers are a Utah endeavor that have really only been together for a short while and released their debut ep in 2018 and their debut album in 2019.
Since that time, with pandemics and lockdowns putting a damper on momentum, they have finally gotten out and did a quick tour of the UK, just finishing up this past weekend before heading back to the States and picking the tour up from there. So far the response has been good. They should be hitting the nightly slog until September when they finish up (so far) at the Firefly Festival in Dover Maryland on September 22-25.
The band formed when lead vocalist Joshua Harmon, having heard of local drummer Juice Welch, introduced himself and asked if he wanted to start a band. They immediately started working on arrangements for some of Josh’s songs. Later Josh met lead guitarist and vocalist Jonas Swanson while waiting in line for an open mic at the Velour in Provo city. Neither of them got on the list to play that night, so they sat on a park bench outside the venue and played their songs to each other until they ran out of stuff to play. Josh invited Jonas to come down and play with he and Juice.
It was that night that Out of Tune, a song Josh had been holding onto since he was 16, came to life when they arranged it as a group. In spring of 2018, the band began recording together. They released their self-produced EP, Elevator Days, on June 3, 2018, and played their first show a few short weeks after. They released their first full-length LP, When We Were Friends, on January 27, 2019, which features the single “Kilby Girl” with over 35 million streams globally. The band released their newest song “Heavy” in July of 2020. The group is currently writing new material that they say is a product of the co-writing chemistry that has grown between Jonas & Joshua since the band started.
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