Words: Victoria Tait
After 16 years, Jordan Luck has released a new album, Not Only… But Also, and is set to tour the country this month. He talks about the new album, his favourite music and his most important possession.
Jordan Luck is one of New Zealand’s pop legends, famous for being the frontman and writer for The Exponents. He has had a staggering 18 Top 40 singles over the years, with Victoria – a personal favourite of mine – recently voted by the public as the eighth greatest New Zealand song of all time. His song Why Does Love Do This To Me? has become the ‘unofficial’ alternative to the New Zealand national anthem.
Jordan has had the honour of being placed in the New Zealand Rock ’n’ Roll Hall Of Fame and, in 2012, was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to music.
A true legend in his own right he now fronts The Jordan Luck Band. The members of this band were hand-picked by Jordan, from a wish list he created.The new band comprises of Jordan Luck on Vocals, Bryan Bell (ex-frontman of the Dead Flowers) on Guitar, Beaver Pooley (formerly of D4) on drums, Rich Mixture (formerly of D4, Dead Flowers and many more), and Joe Walsh (frontman of Ekko Park).
It has been a long wait, but after 16 years Jordan has just released a new album – Not Only… But Also. The album caused a bit of a media stir when the band announced they would get the New Zealand public to decide on its name. After much debating and the fact that every member of the band chose a different title, the name Not Only… But Also was finally decided upon by a secret vote. Jordan says he was drawn to the ambiguity of the title, “And Dick Frizzell brought the album to life with his cover design.”
Jordan tells Style the process he goes through when writing and finding lyrics for a song can be a mixture of personal experiences and stories that he might have heard. “One of the songs is based on story I heard about murder in Lake Tekapo, and another is a funny one about a guy in hospital,” Jordan says of the new album.
The Jordan Luck Band will be in Christchurch at the Carlton on May 21st, to release their new album as part of New Zealand Music month.
The Man behind the Music
Who are some of your favourite composers, musicians and bands from the past and present?
I have a very broad taste in music and really listen to everything, if I had to choose favourites Graham Brazier and Shona Laing.
Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you?
I constantly have songs that come into my head and stay around me for a few days, Splinter song Costafine Town came into my head this morning and Peter and The Wolf.
How would you describe your perfect day?
What is the favourite song you have ever written?
Finesse. It’s on the new album and is about selling paintings down in Southland.
What is your most valued possession?
A dry towel.
Who would you be nervous to meet?
An audience that I hadn’t rehearsed for.
If you could blink your eyes and be in a favourite place right now, where would that place be?
At the waterfall at Te Moana Gorge, just out of Geraldine.
Is there something you would like to do more of in the future?
Ice-skating. And definitely more live touring.
Where would you like to find yourself in 10 years?
Having another interview with Style magazine.