Interview: Lucky 757
If life’s getting you down and you’re looking to escape to the land of endless blue oceans, magical shorelines and hang ten waves, then Portsmouth, VA-based Lucky 757 might be the band for you.
Venturing far beyond what most people know surf rock to be courtesy of cultural staples like the Hawaii Five-O theme song, Lucky 757 has a solid foundation in genre greats such as Dick Dale, Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry and Gene Vincent. They are on a musical mission to bring their love and brand of rockabilly/surf rock to the masses. Their latest LP release, Lonesome Lagoon, is available now.
Indie Minded: Why don’t we start with an intro? How did you come together and when, who’s who, and where does the name Lucky 757 come from?
Lucky 757: The band formed in 2014. We have the father and son duo of Danny on rhythm guitar, and Cory on lead vocals and lead guitar. Sam Haga plays the upright and electric bass and Angel Lopez is on drums and percussion. Everyone helps out with backing vocals. We were thinking of a good rockabilly name and “Lucky” just came up. It sounded like the name of a garage in the 50s or something. We added the 757 because that’s our area code.
IM: When most people hear surf rock they don’t think of Virginia. What is it about surf rock that you Virginians love and how were you introduced to it?
L757: Virginia Beach is loaded with surf shops and dance clubs where bands played surf instrumentals and beach music. Virginia Beach also has held the East Coast Surfing Championships since 1963 and it’s the second-longest running surfing competition in the world. Our bass player has surfed since he was a young kid and grew up listening to the music in surf videos always checking the credits for song/artist names!
IM: How would you describe Lucky 757’s sound and who are your main influences?
L757: Our sound is a modern take on the classic rockabilly and surf instrumental styles. Influences include Gene Vincent and his Blue Caps, Dick Dale & the Del-Tones and the Ventures.
IM: What is your creative process like?
L757: It starts with a riff or hook-line usually played on an old 1959 Silvertone
IM: You put out your self-titled debut in 2015 and have been creating and performing together pretty steadily ever since. How do you think you’ve grown artistically as a band?
L757: We’ve been fortunate enough to have our songs in rotation on
IM: Rockabilly or surf rock both tend to have a retro sound. How do you think the instrumentally driven track list fits in today and why is it important to keep it alive and well?
L757: Throwback sounds are alive and well. You hear it everywhere in movies and tv. Instrumentals hold a special place because they are able to convey specific feelings without lyrics. That’s the real magic.
IM: Your latest LP, Lonesome Lagoon, is full of great tracks. What are your 2 favorites off Lonesome Lagoon?
L757: “Spanish Shore” and probably “Mar Agitado.” They both have a great feel when playing live and the energy really translates.
IM: If you guys could grab anyone, living or dead, and bring them onstage to rock with you, who would it be and why?
L757: We’d like to share the stage and jam with Brian Setzer to show everybody that we’re here to keep rockabilly and instrumental music alive and well with the best of them.
IM: You have a few upcoming shows but looking further ahead, what can we expect from Lucky 757 in the future?
L757: We’re constantly working in the studio on new tunes and video and looking forward to a busy performance schedule with hopes of landing a tour.
IM: Thanks for joining us on Indie Minded and best of luck to you!
You can learn more about Lucky 757 at the links below.