Lost In Vancouver are a young exciting 4 piece Indie rock group about to release their début Ep 309 on the 4th of June at Sneaky Petes, A hotspot for up and coming acts from across the UK.
Its a a Thursday night and living up to the band image we meet up for Jack & Coke, or several. In the comer of one shady bar right by the jukebox we sat down with front-man Jake Morgan and chatted about music, girls and all sorts, some of which we forgot and some we cant write down.
How would you describe your music to a first time listener?
I find it quite hard to describe our music but it’s definitely rock and it’s definitely music I’d like to think that you and a group of mates can get hammered to and make a bunch of stupid drunk mistakes. Because, I mean that’s what majority of our songs lyrical content contains. I’m may dress nice but I’m not a classy lyricist.
Can you tell us where the name Lost In Vancouver came from, it’s an unusual one is there any particular meaning being it?
The story behind our name comes from a Jeff Buckley tune called ‘Vancouver’. Originally we wanted to call ourselves that, but Facebook just wasn’t up for it, So we messed around with shit we could put before Vancouver. Eventually as times passed and we went through some really gash suggestions we all settled and agreed to ‘Lost In Vancouver’
How did you all meet and begin to form Lost In Vancouver?
(Me, Brandon, Connor) used to go to this youth club in Kirkcaldy called YMCA, we were all taught by the same teacher who eventually he got us playing in bands with the other kids at the club. I played in a band with Brandon when we were like 13 and Connor played in bands around us. I think we always knew we would eventually end up playing in a band together, and here we are.
Tom Joined the line up later on after our first drummer leaving, I met tom at college and as soon as we both mentioned our tastes in music I think we musically fell in love. Hands down getting Tom involved with the band has been one of our best decisions
What was the last song you listened to?
last Song I listened to? The Kooks – Bad Habit. Listened to it around 8 times today
Can you tell us a little more about your latest releases and who you have worked with one these?
we done our single ‘Taxi’ with Mark. The guy is truly gifted. Has a great list of bands he’s worked with. We actually heard of him through the songs he done with Indigo Velvet, Jamie and Shoony, Return to the sun and Rebel Westerns. I’ve always been a big follower of local bands and those 4 are hands down some of the best in the country. And ‘Return to the sun’ are our dodgy music uncles.
The EP was recorded with a new studio in Dunfermline called ‘Eggman Studios’. Great bunch of lads in there, one of the guys who run it – Darren – is actually the lead guitarist for one of supports on the 4th ‘Shambolics’. Big things for those guys. But yeah, we are over the moon with not only the work rate they’ve put in but the quality of the EP itself.
309 is a very strong debut ep, is this been a project you as a band have been working on for quite some time?
We have been a band for just over a year and a bit and we have God knows how many songs stored away, However the opening track ‘Pictures’ is an old song that features James drumming instead of Tom. So I wouldn’t really like to say the songs have been planned for a while.
When listening to 309 it brings us back to that real classic eddy indie sound of early Libertines and more pop indie acts like The Kooks and Catfish & The Bottlemen, How influential are these bands to you as a band?
I would openly say we are one of those bands who wear their influences on their sleeves. Like hands down you can hear the influence from bands like The Kooks, The Killers and Kings of Leon in our sound.
If you could support any band/musician at a gig ,who would it be?
I can’t answer this for the full band but I would love to support Kings of Leon. I’d die happy if we got that opportunity.
When listening to Lost In Vancouver it seems you gather song writing inspiration from failed love and nights out on the lash. What else inspires your song writing and how do you go about putting pen to paper?
I would just like to make it clear that none of the songs are about my relationship with my partner, love her to bits – it’s a common misconception I have to answer for.
I think the best lyrics come from interesting stories and controversial topics. I’m not one to dwell on the controversial side of things but on this EP some of the songs cover really serious issues, for example ‘Gunfights’ covers the topic of all the shit war and the greed of people involved with it. Our song ‘Objects’ deals with the sexual objectification of women and essentially the idea of being used and being treated like you aren’t a person. Then again we have your classic young love song ‘Cola’.
What is your favourite track of the Ep and Why?
Hands down has to be ‘Cola’. Think it just sounds massive, big chorus, catchy riff, decent lyrics. Without coming across to cocky I think it’s a fucking brilliant song. Really proud of it.
How does it feel to self release your début EP and what has the support been like so far?
It feels great to finally have an EP ready, I just want to make more now. he support has been amazing recently, everyone who has heard the EP had loved it.
Finally what is coming up next for the band?