Third Outing caught up with the brain behind Petite League Lorenzo Gillis Cook to find out more about the new record SLUGGER, the pointlessness of record label and his hidden track about David Guetta
3rd: Hi Petite League. Could you introduce yourself to the 3rd Outing readers?
Lorenzo: Howdy! Petite League is myself, Lorenzo Gillis Cook doing all the guitar and vocal stuff and Henry Schoonmaker on the cans.
Petite League's sound in one sentence would be...?
Scootercore or just fuzzy basement rock n roll.
Ocean Honey has an Arcade Fire groove. You mentioned Arctic Monkeys as well. Who inspired this album?
I don’t think there were specific bands in mind when we were making SLUGGER. We were trying to get to the roots of garage rock. Simple, fuzzy, and fun. Ocean Honey is different from the others though. I intended it to be a surf rock jam but it ended up being the complete opposite of that and it fit so well as an opener to the record because it sets a different tone than all the other songs. I like curve balls in albums, I guess.
You also mentioned your previous project Spark Alaska. Is DIBS HAWAII a little nod to Spark Alaska?
Yeah, in a way. I think of it more as a little part two to Leaf Surfer because they share some stuff thematically. Little Fourth of July is an actual nod to Spark Alaska lyrically. Petite League is a lot like Spark Alaska in a lot of ways, just louder.
"I don’t think I'm qualified to put out any other kind of music"
Surviving October is a stand out track. As is My Black Lungs for me. Do you have a favourite track on the record?
It’s hard for me to say because some of the songs came out almost a year ago so they aren’t as fresh to me but I’d say my favorites are either Kanyakumari or My Black Lungs.
Now that the record is out what do you expect from it? You went from acoustic to fuzzy garage pop and done pretty well. So what's next and do you think you'll need to challenge yourself again to create music?
I don’t think I’m qualified to put out any other kind of music, to be honest. I’ll just stick with what I know and keep it simple and pop infused. I’ve been writing a lot lately and I’m really happy with how it’s sounding so I’m not too worried yet. Writer’s block can come out of nowhere though so I just try and write as much as I can while I can. I’d say another Petite League record or EP before a new Spark Alaska release, though.
I just didn’t see the point in releasing it through a little label. I’ve always handled my own press, we screen print our own merch, we have filmmaker friends who make videos, and our roommate Adam puts out tapes for us. This is our first record, if it’s good, people will come. The internet is the best record label we could have asked for.