Brian Corum formed North Carolina indie rock band Lonnie Walker in 2006 while he was still a student at East Carolina University. After filling out the rest of the lineup with guitarist Eric Hill, drummer Raymond Finn, keyboardist Justin Fife, and bassist Josh Bridgers, the band released its debut These Times Old Times in 2010.
Lonnie Walker toured steadily throughout the South, with bassist Mike Robinson joining in 2014 prior to the release of follow-up Earth Canals in 2015. That year, however, Corum — the group’s primary songwriter, in addition to its vocalist and rhythm guitarist — was swept up in the opioid epidemic, and eventually ended up at a homeless shelter in Raleigh.
As Corum slowly rebuilt his life and considered his future as a musician, he began writing new songs — with “one of the only guitars I didn’t sell,” he notes — and eventually, the band returned in 2017. “I really can’t help it. I enjoy it,” Corum says of playing in Lonnie Walker, before adding: “I really can’t help it.”
Easy Easy Easy was recorded with Colin Swanson-White at Synaesthetics Studios in Raleigh and sees the band further develop its unique stamp on the Carolina music scene, driven by raucous sound and Corum’s intensely personal songwriting. It’s set to be released late 2023.