10 Tuesday November 22 2016 News SELWYN TIMES Back to the future for Jordan Luck Jordan Luck has written some of New Zealand’s most iconic rock anthems. He spoke to Tom Doudney about life after The Exponents and the inspiration behind his latest material ahead of The Jordan Luck Band’s performance at Lincoln’s Selwyn Sounds concert in March MORE THAN 30 years after their debut single Victoria established The Exponents as Kiwi rock heavyweights, singer Jordan Luck’s songwriting is again in the spotlight. His new outfit, The Jordan Luck Band, was nominated for best rock album at Thursday’s New Zealand Music Awards. It didn’t win the award but Luck said it was phenomenal to have the album, Not Only . . . But Also, getting such a positive reaction. While his songwriting hadn’t changed much over the years, he works harder on the lyrics these days than he did in the early years of The Exponents (originally known as The Dance Exponents). “I find the tunes are still coming out of the air for me but it takes a lot longer to do lyrics than it did,” Luck said. “I was pretty spontaneous back in the day, whereas now I am a wee bit conscious of the fact I might be singing these in 20 years again, so I really want to be singing something that I want to be singing. “That has been the case since about 1990, when Victoria was about 10-years-old and I was thinking ‘wow, people still really like this song, I wonder what is going to happen to the new stuff?’ And here we are nearly 20 years later and people are still singing ‘Why does love do this to me?’ And I’m going, ‘flipping hell, I better make the next one really good’.” However, Luck said this process had resulted in his best lyrics yet on Not Only . . . But Also. “Even if you didn’t hear the music, it’s a good read,” he said The songs, written over the last three years, cover some very New Zealand territory, often with an interesting twist. There is one about a murder in Lake Tekapo, another about selling paintings ROCKING ON: The Jordan Luck Band will play Lincoln’s Selwyn Sounds concert in March. on holiday in Southland and “a beautiful one” inspired by his memories of getting lost near the Wanganui River while on a road trip with original The Dance Exponents guitarist Steve Cowen. He and Cowen, who died in 1986, had been on their way to record Victoria at the time, when Luck, who was behind the wheel of their Bedford van, decided to take an alternative route. The Exponents’ induction into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame last year, with Cowen also recognised, had brought the memories back. “The song is really about missing him in a way that is pretty strong.” Luck said starting a new band after the success of The Exponents had been tough in some ways. “The Exponents turn up all the time, there is no getting away from that – we got into the hall of fame last year and now there is a TV film that they are doing on The Dance Exponents.” However, he still enjoyed playing the old songs and said the band’s performance at Selwyn Sounds was likely to be about 75 per cent The Exponents material. Unlike many of the line-up, it will not be Luck’s first time playing in Lincoln. The Exponents have played a number of gigs at the university over the years. •Selwyn Sounds will be held on March 4, 11.30am- 8.30pm. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketek and buyers will be able to prepurchase a return bus ride between pick up points in Christchurch, Rolleston and Lincoln Domain. LINCOLN’S FINEST SUBDIVISION presents SundAy 27 Th noveMbeR 11 AM -4 PM Steam Train Rides, and The Tinwald Christmas Festival is on-site with Stalls, Entertainment and more. SANTA arrives at 2pm to hear wish list requests in the Waterton Church. ON THE DOMAIN MARCH 4 2017 LINCOLN Mi-Sex Dragon Sharon O’Neill Debbie Harwood Margaret Urlich Annie Crummer Jordan Luck Band Jason Kerrison SundAy 11Th deceMbeR 11 AM -4 PM Vintage Railcar Rides Operating. Our Museum Village, the Ashburton Fire Museum, the Lynn Woodwork Museum are open to browse through, and in the Carpark area you'll find the Ashburton Steam & Model Club operating rides. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the Tinwald Domain, complete with playground and tennis court and tranquil pond area. **EFTPOS ON-SITE** Maronan Road, Tinwald, Ashburton | www.plainsrailway.co.nz | Ph (03) 308 9600 www.selwynsounds.co.nz nine bands. one day.
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