“Typical dude, moves somewhere, meets a girl, gets his heartbroken and writes a bunch of good songs.”
That’s how Lucas Silveira describes the inspiration behind “Black Tie Elevator,” his forthcoming album with Canadian alternative rock band The Cliks. Things will seemingly come full circle Feb. 16, when the Toronto-based Silveira will showcase highlights from the blues and Motown-inspired release with an acoustic performance in Brooklyn, N.Y., where many of his new songs were written.
“It can be as inspiring as it is heartbreaking… but there’s something about the artistic energy there that makes me write like crazy,” Silveira, who lived in Bushwick and Williamsburg over the course of a year-long stint in New York, says of the borough. “As much as people say that people who live there are pretentious, I just found that they’re really on top of what’s happening. They’re a few steps ahead of everybody.”
Of course, Silveira, 33, knows a thing or two about being forward-thinking himself. In 2007, the Toronto Star deemed him a transgender “pop heartthrob,” a title he cemented in 2010 when he was voted the “Sexiest Canadian Man” in a Chart Attack end-of-year survey. Superficial accolades aside, Silveira breathes the gritty spirit of rock and roll — check out “Savannah” (a zippy tune which hints at Amy Winehouse and The Strokes’ early work) or the smoky ballad “Still,” both from the forthcoming album, to witness the true expanse of an artist who, in many ways, defies musical classification.