Hugely exciting Derby three piece LOSTALONE are finally set to release their brilliant, bonkers and brand new, Dan Weller produced (Enter Shikari, Young Guns, Sharks) album 'Shapes Of Screams' on April 7th through Graphite Records. Brand new single 'Scarlet Letter Rhymes' set to be released around album as well, with brand new video ready to be released in the coming week. Video for recent single (and first to be taken from 'SOS') 'The Bells! The Bells!' -
The band can also announce an April headline tour, with all dates below. These dates follow on from their recent UK support slot with The Darkness and recent UK tours/supports with the likes of Paramore, My Chemical Romance, Tonight Alive, 30 Seconds To Mars andEvanescence.
A bit more about LOSTALONE and the making of 'Shapes Of Screams' - After a chance encounter with recent single 'Love Will Eat You Alive' on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio One show producer Dan Weller became a believer and reached out to the band with a view to taking on production duties for the next record. With over a hundred songs already demoed and a mandate of complete musical freedom work on 'Shapes Of Screams' began.
The overriding theme of the record is "time and lack of it" of destiny and of legacy played by a band pushing themselves to a collective limit and then passing that limit. As front man Steven Battelle states - "The threshold for greatness in rock music has been diminished, diluted into a formulaic and soulless metallic buzz where the completely generic is hailed as incredible. It was our responsibility to melody to make this album as a first wave of the fight back."
Mostly recorded deep in the English countryside, with forays into central London the twelve songs that make up 'SOS' are a collection of fears and doubts and of hopes and of dreams. For a time the records working title was "GUITAR" due to (you guessed it) a ridiculous amount of guitar. An argument could be made for it being called "VOCALS" with some songs featuring over 100 harmony parts on a single line.
Opener "Crusaders" is a micro-musical and appropriately was written on the walk home from a viewing Les Miserables, it also features a "tribute to the guitar" in the verses where guitars synonymous with certain iconic players are deployed for brief motifs in the style of each icon. The first song to be heard from the record The Bells! The Bells!! is cathedralic in performance and drops the world's first ever "breakdong" when a stereoization of harmonised dings and dongs clatter like thunderous rain into the ears. Hostages is a defiant fight against our own our own boundaries where Sombre Party is an exercise in the contradictions of the heart.
Have no doubt that the judge who sentences us all at the start Of Guilty is fully authorised to imprison all who do not heed the lyrical warnings within this heavy shuffle. Apathy is a distained view on a modern ethos of incorrectness perfectly represented by Alan Williamson's foundational Bass duel while Scarlet Letter Rhymes is a crushing anthem for a generation who don't yet realise they need saving. MentalHealth and Requiem are according to Steven both written in a state of "intense dark side mining of the mind, exploration and cleansing". Requiem is my "My Way" The writing of I Was Born To End This Way deploys Stevens "self dream plagiarism technique wherein he steals a melody from a scene in his own dream, in this case the chorus is from a game show called "Born To End This Way" says Steven "its melodic espionage of which I am both the perpetrator and the victim" Doooooooooomaggedon Is according to Steven "Helms Deep heavy" and features Mark Gibson's tribal drums at their most ferocious. The album closes with a statement, the hymn-like Breathing In The Future Exhaling The Past.
'Shapes Of Screams' full track-listings:
1. Crusaders / 2. The Bells! The Bells!!
3. Hostages (Destiny) / 4. Sombre Party (Legacy)
5. G.U.I.L.T.Y/ 6. Mental Health
7. Apathy / 8. Scarlet Letter Rhymes
9. I Was Born To End This Way / 10. Requiem
11. Doooooooooomageddon (Global Thermonuclear Metafictional Warfare)
12. Breathing In The Future Exhaling The Past
ALL current confirmed LOSTALONE live dates:
15th Takedown Festival @ Southampton University
29th Radstock Festival @ Liverpool O2 Academy
30th Radstock Festival @ Newcastle O2 Academy
APRIL - UK headline tour dates
3rd St Albans The Horn / 4th Oxford O2 Academy
5th Canterbury Penny Theatre / 6th Swansea Sin City
7th Camden Barfly / 8th Exeter Cavern Club
10th Cambridge Portland Arms / 11th Milton Keynes Craufurd Arms
12th Coventry Kasbah / 13th Nottingham Rock City (basement)
14th Manchester Sound Control / 15th York Fibbers
16th Edinburgh Opium / 17th Inverness Ironworks / 18th Dundee Beat Generator
26th Redfest @ Robins Cook Farm, Surrey
Steven Battelle - Lead guitar and vocals
Mark Gibson - Drums and vocals
Alan Williamson -Bass and vocals
'House' star Laurie received star number 2,593 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week.
Warning: Spoilers ahead!