We Are Lost Boys finding their wayBy Linda Serck
January 31, 2013
We Are Lost Boys arrive exactly on time for their interview, making them not lost at all really.
But of course, the ‘Lost’ has a slightly more existential meaning when it comes to losing their way.
In fact not just their way, but the Reading four-piece like to speak for a generation of young British men who may feel disaffected on this great unruly road of life.
“Definitely that was the approach lyrically on this EP and our name reflects that as well,” says frontman Danny Wright. Their thoughts and feelings are summed up in their new EP called Life – an ear-blasting melodic rock treatment of, perhaps conversely, some sensitive and melancholic subject matter.
For example, Danny wrote Old Street about the relationship with his father after his parents divorced.
“This song is about when I was younger,” he tells me. “It’s about divorce. I hadn’t seen my dad in a long time and I was going through this confusion about whether I should see him or not.
“It’s called Old Street because that is where I was living at the time when I didn’t see my dad that much.”
Drummer Stuart Collyer adds of their new EP: “The lyrics are based on us growing up and our experiences of life right now. We want to keep things really honest with what we’re doing.”
The band are celebrating getting signed to the Wolf At Your Door label, home to Lower Than Atlantis and Mallory Knox. And it could well be that, as label mates, We Are Lost Boys bag themselves some lucrative support slots – but this is just speculation on my part.
In any case it’s a great label to be signed to at this time. So how did We Are Lost Boys do it?
“I’ve been talking to them for quite a while,” says Danny. “When I sent them this EP they really liked it and offered us a deal. It was a no-brainer really to take it.”
And no doubt it also helped coming to the label with a finished EP on the table. “I’d say so,” says Stuart. “But they’ve had their eyes on us for a little bit as well. They had an idea of our background – working hard, getting ourselves out there on the road.”
Both their EPs were produced at Outhouse Studios by John Mitchell, of ItBites fame (remember their 80s hit Calling All The Heroes?), and the band’s next goal is an album.
In the meantime, We Are Lost Boys are supporting Neck Deep and Attention Thieves at Sub89 in Friar Street, Reading, on Sunday, March 10.
Exciting times ahead for this young band of 20-something men, who may not feel so disaffected once they get a true taste of success. Find out more at www.wearelostboys.com.
There are some superb touring band gigs happening in Reading this Saturday (check the gig guide) but a great local one is Reading band Violet Class’s residency at the Queen’s Arms in Great Knollys Street, Reading.
Longwindedly called, ‘What Else Are You Gonna Do On A Saturday? #justsaying’, the teenage punky soul five-piece from Tilehurst invite some new bands to play with them each month.
They are heading into the studio with Paul Tipler, who has been producing records for 20 years and has worked with everyone from Elastica to Atomic Kitten. The bands on the bill this Saturday are guitar band Noise Trade, new punk outfit Terrics, and The Cottonettes, who have been described as ‘Buzzcocks on a sunny day’. Doors 8pm and tickets are £5 on the door.
Sometimes, it’s the support acts as much as the main event who are worth turning up for. And one of the gigs at South Street this Saturday is a case in point.
You simply must go and see a young artist called Marika Hackman.
The Brighton singer-songwriter’s mini album That Iron Taste was Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record In The World in December, and has been played on BBC 6 Music. For me she has a ghostly, gentle voice with a nocturnal, tribal British folk sound that is captivating.
She is supporting the mighty Ethan Johns, who is a legendary record producer and multi-instrumentalist, and who has produced records for Ryan Adams, Kings Of Leon and Crosby, Stills and Nash. Doors are 8pm and tickets are £10.
Free download alert! High Wycombe’s DubRocca have worked on a number of tracks with our very own Danica Hunter.
The Henley-on-Thames teenager was selected out of hundreds to perform for BBC Introducing at the Reading Festival last year. She clearly enthralled DubRocca with her soulful belter of a voice and, what’s more, if you head to www.dubrocca.com you can own for free their collaboration Why Won’t You.
It’s a cracking dance tune to get your engine revved up for a Friday night out.
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