Lydia frontman and founder Leighton Antelman doesn't take his band for granted... anymore.
When the Arizona-based indie-rock project initially formed in 2003, a high school-aged Antelman was mostly just messing around and having fun writing songs with his friends. "I was winging it," he describes.
When high school ended, Antelman enrolled at Arizona State but, only a year in, realized higher education wasn't right for him. So, as an experiment (and, he notes, against every older adult's recommendation), he hit the road with Lydia. Now it's 14 years later, and he's been churning out albums and touring ever since.
Today, Lydia are seven albums into their career, with their latest output, Liquor, arriving on June 22 via Weekday Records. The trio, which now features core trio Antelman, Matt Keller, and Shawn Strader, all live in the Phoenix suburbs and continue to collaborate on new material.