A Day in the Life: Social Distancing with Lombardy

Jonathan, vocals/guitar
: Lombardy was formed during the quarantine. The boys and I all have our own solo projects and main ventures, but after a night of pizza and listening to Rage Against The Machine, we thought it would be awesome to start a collective rock band. 

I believe Rock ‘n Roll is about to make a huge comeback. I think post-COVID, people are going to crave in-your-face, high-energy music. People are going to want to release all their pent-up energy from the past year and hear the most fun, upbeat music they possibly can. I think people are so sick of the uber-curated, polished world of certain music, social media, etc. and are craving a raw, natural sound of music. We wanted to be a part of that. Even though we’re best friends, we’ve all only known each other for collectively about six months. Everything sort of led to this moment for us. We absolutely wouldn’t be a band if it wasn’t for this quarantine time. I think having certain elements of the music industry on pause has helped us, because it’s given us time to write the best songs, have the most chemistry and get super tight musically so that when things reopen and get back to normal, we are hungrier than ever and ready to roll!

Lessons learned during quarantine. Hmmm. A few random ones. I would say realizing how important it is to rest and take time for yourself. I think COVID has also forced artists to be inside and has created a mirror of self-reflection. I think every artist and band during this time has re-evaluated themselves, their art, their strategy, etc. It’s just a great time to reflect, reset, recharge and refocus. Every band and artist should come out of this time better; more creative and more refined than ever. Another lesson learned during COVID that applies to everyone is just to have fun with your life. I think everyone’s learned how fragile life and even how fragile our way of living is, and how easily it can be altered. I personally have learned to not take everything so seriously, to be thankful for a new day, and man, just have fun with it all.

We’ve only played one show together as a band, in February. We already have three shows lined up around Nashville in April. It’s obviously hard to book shows right now, but we’ll take anything. We are planning a little summer tour in some states that will most likely be opened come summer. That’s all you can really do right now. We can see the light is at the end of the tunnel, though!

So far, we’ve only released two songs since the start of 2021: “Don’t Wanna See You Round Here”, our debut, and “Sally”, which we just released on March 5. We have a ton of music already recorded and are about to record what will be our second record. The songs just keep flowing out. Since we are a new band, we simply want to make noise and get our name out there. Our plan is to release monthly singles, an EP, more singles and a full record all this year. Essentially a new release every month with a music video accompanying it as well. The boys and I want to be content machines. Nick, our bassist is an amazing videographer, and Ryan, our drummer is also our producer/mix engineer. We really are a full team and a machine. We don’t have to rely on anyone for anything or outsource anything. It’s a fantastic thing to be a part of. We’re having the time of our lives and people seem to really be enjoying it and having fun with us. To the moon!

While practicing social distancing, watch our music video for "Sally":