Today’s Feature, May 25-26, 2007: The Lloyd Dobler Effect

January 18, 2008 at 6:23 pm (Today's Feature)

Recently I attended a live Lloyd Dobler Effect show in Baltimore,
Maryland. The club was a popular Federal Hill venue but not one of the
roomiest. Still, that did little to deter people from packing the
place to its brim. There were two other bands on the card that night
but only one really stood out. Earlier on, as we were standing in line
waiting to hand in our tickets, the bouncer asked the fans one by one,
who they were here to see, then marking it down accordingly. As I
listened, I heard the same thing over and over, “Lloyd Dobler Effect,
Lloyd Dobler Effect, Lloyd Dobler Effect, Lloyd Dobler Effect” and so
on. Which I enjoyed watching, since LDE wasn’t even headlining that
night. As the band made its way on stage the dimly lit club erupted.
Fans sang along with LDE hit songs like “Radio” and “Meet Me In
London”. Fans bobbed their heads to the charismatic percussionist
Rusty as he pounded away on a set of bongos for a way too short, solo
(I screamed for more but over the crowd it went unheard…except for the
people around me. What? You can’t demand more drum solos? Come on!).

After the show, I met the guys of LDE outside as they packed up their
gear and had a chance to really get to know them. In a business of big
attitudes and pompous egos, the boys of LDE, who have performed all
over the world, and with acts ranging from Jack Johnson to Eminem, are
still as happy to greet fans as they were when they first started out
in Washington, DC playing small clubs and college bars. LDE has been
compared to everyone from “Bare Naked Ladies” to “Dave Matthews” to
“OAR” to well, any band that is aware of where they came from and even
more aware of where they’re going. Although being together for several
years, the original drive to create great music, over and over again
is still there, as shown in the performance I attended. They are the
outcome of combining exceptional poetry, intense dedication and
remarkable performance; making LDE a rarity in today’s music scene.

Their talent and personality is why chose LDE for the
first of our very many in-person video interview features that will
air on later this month…stay tuned! Now, go to your
iTunes, erase everything you have and upload the latest from LDE…but
first read their XXQs to find out more.

XXQs: The Lloyd Dobler Effect (The following interview is with LDE
singer Phil Kominski) (PEV): How and when did The Lloyd Dobler Effect begin?

Phil Kominski (PK): Well, Donnie Williams (drums) and myself have been
performing together for about ten years but the band as it currently
is has been a round for about six years. We have been touring the
United States for only about three years and touring outside of the DC
metro area for about four years.

PEV: What exactly is The Lloyd Dobler Effect?

PK: Lloyd Dobler was the main character in the movie “Say Anything”.
We really liked his personality. Nice guy, you know?

PEV: Was there a certain time or event that you realized you can
actually make a living playing music?

PK: We can actually make a living doing this? How? Ha ha. I
actually look at it as living is making music. I think that we each
do alright and we get our bills paid but we are definitely not living
a life of luxury! But we love what we do.

PEV: What was it like the first time you stepped into a studio to
record your own music?

PK: It was a while back…I think that the first “real” studio that we
stepped into was in Gaithersburg, Maryland somewhere and I remember
that we were so excited and not really intimidated but just geared up
to go. We have been stoked every time that we enter the studio
because we are excited to see what comes out of it.

PEV: LDE has become somewhat of a cult classic on the college scene.
Which college has the best fans and why?

PK: This is a REALLY tough question! Colleges are such fun gigs to
play. There are so many varieties of college shows…big outdoor
festivals, small coffee shops, formals, frat parties, concerts that
are and are not promoted well, etc. But all of them are terrific,
really. It is the best scene for us. I have always had a really fun
time performing at the University of Maryland but I think that I am
biased because I went there.

PEV: LDE has performed over 1,200 gigs in 39 States and 8
Countries.Which city offers the best environment/appreciation for

PK: We have fantastic fans in each city. I have had a really great
time performing in Chicago, New York, Panama City, Nags Head and
DC…but really, we have fantastic fans all over and we really
appreciate them.

PEV: Is there a certain atmosphere you surround yourself in when you
write music?

PK: For music, I really like having a lot of instruments around to see
what kind of timbres we can get…I also prefer writing with the band
around as opposed to alone. Lyrics, however, are a different
approach. I like being alone with an acoustic guitar to write these.

PEV: What do all your friends and family think about your success?

PK: They have all been a part of it, really. I think that they are
excited to hear the news, whenever something happens. They know that
we work hard and they like to see good things happen for us (when and
if they do).

PEV: You have appeared with such artists as Jane’s Addiction, Eminem,
The Strokes, The Fray, Audioslave, The Roots, Pat Green, Bon Jovi,
N.E.R.D. and Paul Oakenfold (just to name a few, of the very many) but
which artist have you not worked with that you would like to?

PK: We are going to open for one of my favorites in July…Colin Hay.
I think that he is just a genius. We are opening for him at the Rams
Head Live in Baltimore, Maryland. This will be a great day. I’d love
to open for Pink Floyd (dreaming), the Arcade Fire, Sting, Fiona
Apple…these would all be great.

PEV: Which artist’s rider was the most ridiculous?

PK: Eminem’s. I actually saw it. It was crazy! I wish I could
remember it but it had things like “a limo that drives Artist right up
to dressing room door” and “Inflatable hot tub accommodations”

PEV: How has life on the road been for you?

PK: It is tough and fun at the same time. I mean, you miss your
family but you love playing music…the only time that it really sucks
is when you play a night to nobody or one person….having a crowd
makes it all a lot easier…

PEV: If I were to walk into your house/and studio right now, what is
one thing I would be surprised to find?

PK: Right now everything is a mess! Equipment is everywhere because
we are both touring and recording right now! I think that you’d be
surprised to find that our rehersal/recording space has a cemetery in
the back yard…

PEV: When you are not working, what do you like to do?

PK: There is a time that I don’t have to work? Actually and honestly,
I save cash up so that I can go to Hawaii once every 18 months and
that is the one week that I relax and surf and forget about the busy
world. Besides this, I am constantly on the look out for
opportunities for the band.

PEV: People can download your music from your website. What is your
opinion on the heated debate over downloading music off line?

PK: I feel that people should make a solid effort to purchase the
music of indie artists and unsigned bands because they need the
support the most. I don’t feel that bad if people “lime wire” the
music of a multi-platinum artist. Music is supposed to be for the
people and I think sharing is a terrific thing but let’s not kill a
baby band by not purchasing their music.

PEV: What can someone expect from a live LDE show?

PK: If they enjoy music I think that they will like the show. People
can expect a good representation of the songs we have recorded and the
new songs that we are yet to record.

PEV: What is the best part about playing live?

PK: When you have a packed house of dedicated fans who love your
music…when they are singing and dancing along with you….It has got
to be one of the top three best feelings on earth (the other two being
hoochie-koochie and surfing…or good Mexican food)

PEV: Who do you think is an artist to watch for on the scene right now?

PK: Here are my favorites: Colin Hay, Arcade Fire, Elizabeth Coyle,
Brandi Carlile, The Weepies, Imogen heap, Kaiser Chiefs, Lori McKenna,
Razorlight, Damien Dempsey and Sia. ALL AWESOME IN THEIR OWN RIGHT.

PEV: Saturday Night Live asks you to be the musical guest, who would
be your dream host?

PK: Al Pacino, Jodi Foster, Colin Hay, David Gray (he just seems like
he could act), Matt Damon. Any of these guys.

PEV: Finish this sentence, “The most embarrassing time for LDE was when…”

PK: How about “The most embarrassing time for LDE is when we get in
the van”. Seriously, I am never too embarrassed anymore by the
ridiculous and stupid things that we do. However, the most personal
embarrassing experience for me was when we opened the main stage of
the 2002 HFS Festival in Washington DC at RFK Stadium and my guitar
cable was yanked out of my guitar on the first notes of the song. We
were playing in front of 65,000 people. I was shitting myself.

PEV: So, what is next for The Lloyd Dobler Effect?

PK: A new record label, a new CD in September, a bunch of new songs
throughout the course of the year and more instruments be used on
stage. We’re really excited about the future!

For more information on The Lloyd Dobler Effect, check out: and


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