Lars Ulrich Reacts To His Son Layne’s New Band ‘Taipei Houston’ And Its Debut Song
Metallica’s Lars Ulrich recently spoke to Rock 95.5 in an interview and reflected on his sons Myles and Layne’s new band Taipei Houston. The drummer said he is proud of them for doing such unique work.
Lars Ulrich’s two sons from his second marriage, Myles and Layne, chose to pursue a professional music career as their father did and formed the band Taipei Houston last year. While Myles performs drum and guitar duties, Layne handles the bass and vocal parts. The two brothers had already shown great interest in music by covering some of the Beatles’ songs.
Thus, it didn’t come as a big surprise to the fans when the two decided to form a band to create their music. The duo released their debut single, ‘As the Sun Sets‘ several days ago, along with a music video directed by Victor Grossling. Following their recent appearance on Lollapalooza, Taipei Houston will perform in the UK and North America in August and September 2022.
During a new interview, Lars Ulrich shared his thoughts on Taipei Houston, featuring his two sons and their debut single. The drummer said he is very proud of his children for creating such excellent work. He also said they have an open relationship in which he always tries to motivate them to be better by making constructive criticisms. Ulrich noted that his two sons have been working hard on it for some time to develop their unique sound. The drummer also revealed that the duo’s first full-length album would arrive in a few months and strike the audience with its intensity.
Lars Ulrich said in his interview that:
“Well, obviously, I’m proud. I’m happy that they’re doing well. What they’re creating is cool. At the same time, we have a very, I think, open and transparent relationship, and certainly, a couple of times along the way, I’ve expressed that maybe things could be better; I don’t know if that’s the right word. So it’s not just, ‘Oh my God! You guys are great.’ And so maybe even to a fault, maybe too much constructive criticism. So I don’t know exactly where you land on that.
I can tell you everything that that project came together, I’d say, in the second half of the pandemic. And when they came home from New York in March of ’20, I guess, it was not quite as focused. And it took a while. It took about a year for it to kind of take shape. There was lots of time spent, and they worked hard, but eventually, they sort of zeroed in on the sound and their whole thing. And I think they’ve got something that’s unique.”
The drummer added:
“Their record is coming, I guess, in a couple of months, the full album, and it’s a barnburner. There are songs that make the first single sound like Simon & Garfunkel. So there’s some crazy sh*t on there. And it’s a very, very, very intense record. When you listen to it from beginning to end, it’ll definitely give you a bit of a pummeling, which is good.”
Below, you can watch the interview and listen to Taipei Houston’s debut single.