INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Lost Notes are an emerging four-piece from Stoke-on-Trent.
The outfit, consisting of vocalist/rhythm guitarist Emily Charlotte, lead guitarist Steve Ward, bassist Alec Whieldon and drummer Jordan Wright, are classed as rock/alternative, but they do not see themselves as part of a specific genre, preferring to draw on a versatile range of influences.
Their live sets have been positively received, and it looks as if 2017 could be the year where they will make a major breakthrough.
I chatted with Emily about their journey so far, and what the future holds for them.
How did you all get together initially?
Well, our bassist Alec and I used to work together, and we sort of lost contact as I was living down in Surrey and I ended up moving back around July last year.
I was going through some tough times, so Alec suggested that we meet and try and jam a bit and see how it went.
Our guitarist Steve joined us over the summer- he’s one of my best mate’s brothers- and we were initially just playing covers.
We got our drummer Wrighty about a year ago, as he is someone that Alec used to play with and we started jamming, and things just sort of went from there.
How did the name Lost Notes come about?
We kept writing songs and then losing the sheets that we had noted them down on!
How would you describe your sound?
We go for pop punk, but there’s a hint of grunge in there as well.
Which bands/artists influence you?
Green Day, Neck Deep, Blink 182, Nirvana to name a few.
What is the inspiration behind your lyrics?
I suffer from panic attacks, so a lot of our songs are about that side of thing; mental health, etc. and also some are based around relationships breaking down and the struggle to get through it.
The band are all based in Stoke-0n-Trent at the moment. What is your opinion of the music scene there currently?
I think it is definitely building and there are some really talented and up and coming bands about! Plus, it’s awesome to have the opportunity to play with so many talented people.
How is the experience of playing live?
It’s so much fun! I think at first, it was very nerve- racking, because it was the first time I have performed my own material with this band, but I think my confidence has grown massively. Alec just goes crazy at gigs, wandering around and getting the crowd involved.
We all try to bring a lot of energy to the performance, and I’d say we are all really passionate about what we do.
Is there anything lined up for the near future at all? (EP, album etc…)
We are writing hard ready for the new year, and hoping to record a track or two in early 2017. Fingers crossed!
What can we expect from the tracks?
We are developing our sound more, and we are getting really excited about it.
Hopefully this will set the path for the band’s future.
What is the band’s long-term aim?
At the moment, we just want to keep playing music and having fun!
We would like to build up a fan base, also play some new venues and hopefully get around the country a bit more. It would be amazing to reach out to more people.
Anything else you would like to say?
Well it’s great for us to have feedback about our performances, and it’s amazing that people are interested in our music, it’s something I have always wanted to do so I’m thrilled that we are getting a chance to go for it!
I would also like to mention that we rehearse at Crank Music Studios in Stoke-on-Trent as well and we have had loads of support from them in terms of developing our sound and getting into the local music scene.
FOR MORE INFO, CHECK OUT THE BAND’S FACEBOOK PAGE AT: https://www.facebook.com/lostnotes/