INTERVIEW: The Lost Millions

Can you talk to us more about your song “See The Light”?

Well musically this song was built off of the single opening riff and everyone just jumped right in effortlessly. This is the one track that kinda just happened. Lyrically however was a different story. Matt had a melody right away but the lyrics came a little later.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this particular song?

We had set out on a road trip to the south Texas coast and the words just describe insanity of the whole trip. We needed to get out of town and It’s just about how we did it and how it felt.

What’s the story behind the title of your album Novellas Dantes?

The album is a collection of stories of despair and vengeance and when we got to “Wisdom of the Mad Priest” we knew that story was the title of the album. It is based on Edmund Dantes aka. The Count of Monte Christo. We basically knew it was just a collection of stories along the same premise.

How did the the recording and writing process go?

We recored these tracks over a period of several weeks in our home studio in Austin. We did a series of takes and were looking to nail them with the full band in a single performance as much as possible. We laid each song down again and again but ended up reverting back to the magic of the first nights recordings for most of it. We just had vibe going when we came into the studio that night. We all wrote the music of the songs as a band. Matt lays down a sometimes incoherent but stylish vocal melody but for one word or phrase that gives us chills and stands as our jump off point to compose the rest of the story.

How did you balance the post punk roots with your Country influences?

Well that’s a funny question we all just have our own musical influences and as a result I think we all hear the songs from our individual perspectives as we are creating. The end result is what comes out but Heath has an affinity to Joy Division and other notables from the punk and post-punk genre, while Matt tends to pull from the 80’s euro pop era. David has a roots rocks, country blues background while Scott comes from a highly energetic rock/punk rock drumming style. Take all that and we all put in a lot of work on acoustic camp-fire style songwriting techniques that bleed into the final product that is our sound.

Was it intentional to toy and play with all these different genres?

Well, none of it was intentional we are not that creative….we just all do our own thing until we start playing together and the fusion of these styles is what makes the final product.

Any plans to hit the road?

We are currently looking for a booking agent. We are looking to play festival sets and hop on bills with other acts that we can vibe with.

What else is happening next in The Lost Millions’ world?

We are currently playing shows around Texas. We are also recording our third release and trying to have that ready to go by the end of the year. We are working on a music videos for a track on Novellas Dantes and we have licensed our song See the Light for an IMAX Wingsuit Documentary we are really excited about.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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