PropertyOfZack had the chance to catch up with Joe Lacy just a few weeks ago, and the interview turned out great. For those who don’t know, Joe used to be a member of Transit and recently left the band and will be continuing on with his new project called Sleepsick. Joe and I discussed the differences between Transit and Sleepsick, the band’s plans for releasing new music and touring, and much more. Read up and enjoy!
The information regarding your departure from Transit was found out about a month or so ago. Was the decision made long before that?
I honestly can’t really say right now, but from what I know, it was just something that needed to happen and there were differences between me and other members of the band. That’s all I really want to say about that, to be honest.
You started Sleepsick, but was that created while you were in Transit, or after you left?
The original idea for Sleepsick was to have it be a side-project from Transit with me and my buddies. My friend Mike in Chicago knew I had a few songs already so he told me he wanted to record one of my songs, but I had no lyrics on me, and I had forgotten some of the lyrics, and he came up to me and told me he wanted to know if I wanted to do it. I didn’t have the lyrics on me, but I got a notebook and a pen and rewrote the lyrics and Sleepsick was the name I was thinking of for a long time and I decided to name it Sleepsick right there. It was kind of like an impulse. I wanted to name my band Sleepsick and record a song and put it online. The net day I watched the video and I was singing out of key, but I just wanted to do a video and I was only there for one night. I did the best I could with him, but that’s where the name came from.
How has the writing been different from when you wrote with Transit?
When we were writing with Transit before it would usually be Tim that had a set song that he had written on his own and he’d show it to me and Daniel and we’d translate it to each other. I’d write my parts over it and then Tim would add his parts and there would be parts he wanted me to play and I would make them my own. We’d show it to PJ on bass and then Joe B would have lyrics and he’d see if they’d work or not depending on how the song was. Joe was very picky about the lyrics. Recently I’ve been writing a lot on guitar and I had like three notebooks filled with songs that I’ve written over the past and I tore them apart and used lines that I liked and made songs through that. I used my favorite parts of these songs and I put them onto paper and went from there. The thing with Transit is that I never had the option to pick what the song titles were going to be. The only thing that we ever had to do with that was picking the CD name. Sometimes he would have a song title and would pick, but now I feel free to just write the way I want to. I’m going to mention smoking weed, and cigarettes, and drinking and I’m going to talk about hating people. There’s a lot of stuff in my life; I lost my dad when I was eight years old and I’ve been coping with it from then until I was fourteen. In middle school and going into high school I got over it. I dealt with that a lot when I was younger; he killed himself in my house and it was a traumatic event in my life and that’s always been my reason for playing music and expressing myself. With Sleepsick I put anything I want down on paper and name the songs anything I want and I can make the shirt designs and whatever. I always had so many ideas with Transit that got shot down because they’d be controversial and we weren’t a controversial band. I want Sleepsick to be something that is going to be not Odd Future crazy, but for emo music, I was Sleepsick to be the Odd Future of emo. I like how they’re doing what they want.