Tattooed Love Boy
By Shana Naomi Krochmal
Even with one smoky Justin Timberlake cover ("Cry Me a River"), a rocking award-winning album (2007's Snakehouse) that sounds like the love child of Roy Orbison and the Pretenders, and more than a year out on the road under his belt, Lucas Silveira still just wants to play some rock and roll.
The front man for the Cliks (and Out 100 alum) phoned in from one of the band's last stops on the True Colors Tour to show off his spot-on Cyndi Lauper impression, talk about the downside to being a media darling, and dish on the growing number of hot girls he's made time with on TV.
Out: You're True Colors vets now.
Lucas Silveira: Yes -- I like that, vets. We were out last year, and it was only supposed to be for, I think, four dates. Cyndi [Lauper] pushed a meet and greet and came out and watched us in the audience, with sunglasses and hat so nobody would recognize her. And right after we got off stage she came up and said, "You guys fucking rock, I want you on the rest of the tour." And we were like -- wow. We couldn't do the rest of the tour, but we ended up doing eight more dates after that.
You do a pretty good Cyndi Lauper impression. Have you been practicing with her?
She talks to me a lot, and we hang out. I think I got it down pat. I'm a pretty good mimic. It's something I've been doing since I was a kid.
Who else can you do?
Rosie O'Donnell sounds pretty much the same -- it's like two in one.
What's been different on the tour this year?
We've had a bus, which has been fantastic. It's our first bus tour ever, and that's been magical, because we don't feel like we're going to fall down from exhaustion. Last year we essentially had to chase the bus in a van with a trailer of all our gear. And also, because we've been touring and playing so much in the last year, our chops are really up. We've improved in our performance, and that's been pointed out by Cyndi and other people that were here last year. It's nice to know that all our hard work is paying off. Plus the tour is a little bit more well known last year. There are a lot more fans now.
What are your fans most excited about?
Having been on the other side of the merch table at one point in my life, I can certainly see the excitement of being able to attempt to connect to the people whose music you listen to in private all the time. It's them wanting to connect with us, which I think is really important. There's only so much you can do when you meet someone for a couple minutes. People want to say how much the music has meant to them, and I love hearing that -- that is why I do this. I love to connect with other human beings, because I know that what I feel, I don't feel alone.
Before you were in a band, did you feel more alone?
Absolutely. It's an interesting thing, getting people to know your music. I don't want to be sucked into this deluded world that the more fans I have, the less lonely I am. I think it's just a feeling of accomplishment, that what you're doing is being heard. I felt more alone on stage before I was in a band, because I wasn't getting to share the energy I had. I'm a really social person, and when I was doing the acoustic stuff before the Cliks, there was a sense of connection that I wasn't feeling with myself and the audience. I felt like I was having to carry everything by myself. To have a band, especially this band, I don't even have to think about them, I just get the joy of sharing the experience with them.
The band is almost done with your run on this tour. What's next?
We're going home to Toronto! Then we're going to Seattle and doing half-time at the WNBA game there, and then we're doing Canada Day in Ottowa. And then we're going to get some time off. We should get a good month off. It's good. We need to write an album.
Are you going to write it together as a band?
That's sort of up in the air at this point. We've never really sat down and had the opportunity since the band has gone through this whirlwind. There is one song that we've worked on. Jen [Benton] came up with this really cool bass line, and a really good song came out of it. I will always be the primary songwriter, I think. They don't really write the kind of music that I write. But Jen has been really eager to get in there, and she's got some really good ideas. I think it will be more like, let's test this and see what happens.