We recently caught up with the guys of Lost In Society to talk about their upcoming release, tour, and what fans can expect in 2016! Check it out below as the guys gear up for their upcoming release of Modern Illusions.
Halfbeat —What brought you guys together to form Lost In Society? Was it an idea, friends, love of music?
LIS — Nick and I were in the same homeroom in 8th grade, and Green Day was coming out with American Idiot that year, and we both bonded over them being our favorite band. That kind of kickstarted us into wanting to start a band of our own to play the school’s talent show. We had a different drummer then, until Heitor joined in 2008 after meeting him at a mutual friend’s party.
Halfbeat —You guys stayed pretty quiet during 2015 as far as new releases go. What can we expect 2016 to hold after the new album, Modern Illusions, drops?
LIS — We have been relatively quiet as far as released go since about 2012, unfortunately. But in 2015 we put out a split on Panic State Records with the U.K. band River Jumpers. We also released an exclusive European split with the likes of Toy Guitar and The Uprising. After M odern Illusions drops you can expect a whole bunch of touring. We have a month long tour down to SXSW pretty much booked. I have a solo tour as a possibility in April, and then the band will probably do another 35 week run in May/June. As far as the rest of the year, it’s up in the air, but expect us to be on the road a bit in the summer and definitely in the Fall as well.
Halfbeat —What, or who, influenced the writing process of Modern Illusions?
LIS — Needing a new record badly influenced the songwriting process of the album to be totally honest. I’m not sure if there was a specific thing, or person that sparked anything. I do all of the main songwriting, and then we build the songs together. We had the date to record about 6 months out, and to be honest, I think I wrote most of the songs in the final 3 weeks before we headed into the studio. It was stressful, but I definitely write the best under pressure.
Halfbeat —You guys have built yourselves from the ground up and you’ve previously mentioned that you try to promote through the old fashion way with word of mouth. Do you think that has benefited you guys more than simply sticking to the mass social media route that most bands take nowadays?
LIS — I think it’s a double edged sword. Having people promote, and speak highly of our band in person, or on their own personal social accounts I think goes further to grasping their friends attention and get them to listen to us. On the other side, there is only so much reach people have, so in order to really get out there, we have to pick our battles with mass social media, and I think that’s something we are more open to now. I just see a lot of “buzz” bands pop up and be all the craze for a year, and then they dwindle off into obscurity. I think that’s the big fear when it comes to social media hype. There’s so much going on that to stay relevant you need to build a big fan base that liked you before you really hit it.
Halfbeat —In your music video for “Not Afraid,” you guys got to turn yourselves into video games characters with enemies such as modern day guidos, a snookisaurus, goths, and Lindsay Lohan all of whom were saved by you guys with the help of Dave Grohl. Where did the inspiration for the music video come from? How did the message of the song fit with the message of the video, in your opinion?
LIS — Our buddy Craig had to do a final project for his Animation class at Seton Hall University, and he approached us to see if we would be interested in him doing a music video for us. We obliged and he kind of worked out the story line, with the bosses and enemies. I think the song and message fit pretty well together. It just falls under the idea of not following any certain trend, or type of lifestyle just because it seems cool, or different. Obviously the video was a mass exaggeration and a joke, but in a world where kids are tugged in a million different directions to be this or that, I think it’s important to try and find what you’re really into without anyone’s discretion and follow that.
Halfbeat —It’s been almost six years since your first release, Eastern Empire. How do you think you guys have changed since then?
LIS — I think we have changed a lot, not only musically, but personality wise. I mean, who doesn’t change a little from 1925? We have kept the same enthusiasm for what we are doing, which is really important, but we have better heads on our shoulders, especially in a business sense. Being in the band is fun, but we know where to draw the line between fun and business. We take ourselves very seriously, but not too serious to the point where we can’t have all of the fun. We still constantly make fun of Nick though…so that part definitely hasn’t changed.
Halfbeat —Your touring history is pretty impressive, having performed at festivals including Warped Tour, SXSW and CMJ, you’ve shared the stage with bands like Taking Back Sunday, Bayside, and Bad Religion. Which show would you say has been your favorite, thus far, and why?
LIS — Ah, there are so many that come to mind. We have played somewhere around 7900 shows since we were little babies in 2004. To pick a few I would definitely go with the times we opened for The Bouncing Souls, because I grew up idolizing those guys, and now they are great friends of ours. Taking Back Sunday and Bad Religion were both really great, but I think Punk Rock Bowling takes the cake. They threw us on the Main Stage the same day The Decendents and Face to Face played…two of my favorite bands. That was pretty unreal, and I still think about that with a huge smile on my face…the hangover the next day…not so much.