Lost on the Metro
With the release of the "Ramey Road" single, Lost on the Metro brings a cinematic southern rock style to life. Laced with gritty tones, a lively energy, and plenty of pop influence, the song boasts the aesthetic of radio rock ballad anthems.
The single is quickly addictive with an almost theatrical feel and breathing arrangement.
Lyricist and vocalist Jilly Morey explains the origins of the song and says, "I was on a school field trip to Cahokia Mounds with high school students, and one of my students was a member of an Indigenous Nation. As we walked over this sacred land, she said at one point, “I could be walking on my ancestors.” It struck me hard in that moment thinking about how we all kind of walk on the graves of those who lived before us. Local city planners had built a neighborhood over this area in the 40s or 50s with a road cutting right through some of the mounds, and it made me reflect a lot on what we call progress and who decides what is sacred. How do we make up for what was done in the past? What are real steps we can take? All of that was going through my mind on the bus ride home and I penned the initial poem. Then a few weeks later, all across Canada and the US, authorities started finding the bodies of thousands of babies under residential schools and that about broke me, so that also became part of the theme in the poem. I kept seeing videos on TikTok of Indigenous Nations bringing the babies home to rest and as a parent and a teacher, it hit hard. It’s not an easy listening tune, it’s kinda heavy, but I love to sing it.”
Although "Ramey Road" speaks volumes for the band, to get a real understanding of where Lost on the Metro is coming from, their full back catalog is a must hear.
"We really love the songs on our first album. We are very proud of that work. This does, however, feel like growth and evolution in what we are looking for. It’s our sound, but we are pushing ourselves farther (which essentially means Josh is pushing us farther because he gets us to move beyond that comfort octave where Jilly wants to hang out in every song LOL). We also trust each other more vocally and musically, so our sound is evolving because our friendships and partnerships are evolving as well," says the band.
Lost on the Metro started in the basement of Jilly and David's house. All three band members had grown up in musical families, but Jilly and David were married for 20 years before they realized by chance that they were pretty good at writing songs together. They were both asked to participate in a teacher cover band, and their show went so well, they ended up booking gigs after that. The lead singer of the teacher band suggested everyone write songs over the summer, and that pressure was just what David and Jilly needed to discover that they had this immense well of creativity that was just waiting to overflow into songs. The two of them ended up hiring a babysitter and running down to the basement to keep writing and rehearsing.
When Jilly and David had quite a few songs ready, they reached out to some friends to see if they wanted to join. David knew Josh from David’s Guitar Loft (Josh teaches guitar), and “we took a chance on asking him if he wanted to come and listen to our songs. That was 3 years ago, and we are so glad he decided to keep coming back!! We have become songwriting partners and family, and our sound reflects that growing trust. We call Josh The Architect because he takes our raw songs, breaks them down, and builds them back up to the next level every time,” says David.
For a time, the band was a 5 piece but due to Covid, things didn't stick, so Lost on the Metro ended up being the trio it remains to be today.
After releasing the full-length Letters & Landlines album last year to rave reviews, "Ramey Road" is where they are with their sound right now. Josh remarks, “Most of our songs are very thematic and are trying to paint a picture for the listener and I think this song is no exception to that. It’s also pretty heavy on the resonator/slide guitar and that’s definitely becoming a big staple in our music. Another thing that shines through a lot for us is the mixing of folk, southern rock & a progressive rock kind of vibe. It’s a weird mix and we’re weird folk!”
The single will be available on all major streaming platforms on January 24th and the band is already working on new material for the near future.
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