Polar Music, Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody’s label, was particularly pleased to sign Luke Temple’s quirky outfit Here We Go Magic, which the New Yorker gradually built around himself after a two-album solo career. “In the words of Tracy Jordan from ‘30 Rock,’ that band is ‘blowing up like a balloon with a grenade in it,’” Lighbody said, adding, “Everybody seems to be talking about them, so we’re very proud to be involved in our small way.” The group’s new recording “A Different Ship” — with acoustic-based tunes including “Made to Be Old” and “Alone But Moving” — is a bold step forward.
How did you meet Gary Lightbody and sign with Polar? Gary came to one of our shows in England, and he told us he was a fan and that they were starting this publishing company that had more of the artist’s interests in mind. Snow Patrol just seemed like a trustworthy group to be a part of, so we signed with them last year. So far, so good.
Did you get to talk songwriting with him? We just hang out and drink beers and shoot the s—, so we haven’t had much in-depth conversation about songwriting. But he asked me questions about my lyric writing, though, so we talked about that. But I don’t have any real secret. I just allow for free association and colorful images, so I don’t necessarily sweat the grand narrative at first. I just foster whatever narrative starts to emerge until it becomes a little story, and sometimes they’re weird, sometimes nonsensical, sometimes a little bit topical.
Before you dubbed yourself Here We Go Magic, then added musicians, what were you planning as just Luke Temple? I was planning on just making music that I wanted to hear, I guess. And career-wise, I was just hoping for the best, hoping people came to my shows and liked my music. But it feels good to have a sense that I’m a part of something else that’s bigger than me. It’s a band now, and we’re all in this together, and more and more, I feel like I’m hearing a Here We Go Magic sound.
Are there stressful moments on tour when you wish you were solo again? Yeah, of course. You can start to drive each other crazy. But generally, we all take care of each other and get along. But it’s like a family — sometimes it’s like, “Would you please stop chewing your food like that? Just stop chewing. Right now!” You know — that kind of thing.
IF YOU GO
Where: The Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.
When: 8 p.m. Tuesday
Tickets: $13 to $15
Contact: (415) 771-1421, www.ticketfly.com