A Spotlight Interview with The Lost Lonely Souls
The Lost Lonely Souls just dropped a new record as they team up with Cale Michael and others and the sound that comes from it all is a cinematic radio rock that borders on a 90's undertone and comes with wailing guitars, organs, melodic but edgy vocals, and this whole live performance feel to it that draws you right in.
The album is called Good Things Come to Those Who Wait, and it's packed with driving rock songs that have a vast soundscape and a touch of this progressive ambience to it.
You get these massive and epic feeling songs that have ghost notes floating around the ether and it creates this feeling as the music just swims around you.
Vocally these songs are honest passionately performed and just add to that live performance sound.
These are pretty personal for the most part and the lyrics can touch on topics that are hard to talk about in general let along sing about.
You get a full spectrum of well performed and written rock songs that really walk the line on this amazingly classic 90's rock vibe, and this newer indie-rock style that has that edginess to it and swagger in the vocals that makes you get caught up in songs quickly.
This was one huge record and for anyone who loves real deal alternative rock with heart and soul, this one is for you.
With the release of such a genuine album, we wanted to have a chat with the band to find out where this all came from.
Here's what happened.
RAG: Okay so let's start with the Good Things Come To Those Who Wait album. This record has a great almost 90's rock undertone to it! Where did this album come from?
Cale: This record has been a long time coming. When my old punk band Risky Endeavor broke up, I spent some time searching for myself by taking a solo trip to Vancouver Island, while sleeping in the back of my car I wrote my first solo ep. When I toured that record, I immediately thought I had grown out of it, with how hard I was pushing myself, doing shows constantly for three months . This record is years of trial and error on and off the road and finding what sounds worked well with who I was and what I wanted to convey. Hence the album title, I needed to be patient with myself to fully understand who I was and how i wanted to present it. We recorded the drums back in January 2020, right before Toby moved to England to help form Them Velvet Tongues. With what happened next I enlisted anyone and everyone who’s been close and influenced me to make it more of a collective project. It was around this time Deyson joined the fold helping with everything from more drum tracks to keys and guitars, and thus The Lost Lonely Souls where born.
RAG: So how did this all begin for you? When did you fall in love with music really?
Cale: I honestly can’t remember a time in my life when music wasn’t important to me. My mom tells me stories of how she couldn’t get me to sleep as a baby unless she put on Guns N Roses and literally rocked me to sleep. I recorded my first demo on a fisher price cassette recorder. In my high school orchestral band I played Clarinet and our school even landed a gig playing on the grounds at Disney Land. When I was fifteen , my best friend Brendon McKenna convinced me to join his band and my parents got me a bass guitar for Christmas. In 2010, After I loosing a friend to suicide, i realized how precious our time here is and that’s when I really started to take things seriously, I haven’t looked back since.
Deyson: For me, I fell in love with music at the age of eleven after receiving my first guitar lesson. From there my obsession grew and I learned bass and drums and then taught myself to record my own demos and fell in love with production.
RAG: Who is in all your headphones right now?
Cale: I’m all over the map for what I’ve been listening to, Hardcore, 70s to Modern Punk, Ska, Indie, Nu Metal, Alt Country, Psych and Prog. I swear it changes faster than the weather. But the new …And You Will Know Us by The Trail of the Dead , Alexisonfire and Honest Heart Collective records have been spinning non stop. Relationship and Command by At The Drive In is another record I’ve never been able to put down.
Deyson: I really can’t get enough of Royal Blood right now and I’m loving what The Weeknd has been releasing. The production is just so good, I can’t stop listening to either artist.
Cale: Oh and Toby is probably just listening to Rush as usual.
RAG: What inspires you to write a song?
Cale : With how beautiful this world is, what doesn’t inspire you to create? But the flip side of that question is, the world is also a strange chaotic place, what doesn’t inspire you to create? If you look around there’s a whole world of influence at your fingertips, you just have to figure out what it is you want to say. That’s the most powerful thing about music, it’s a magic that comes from the most simple or complex thoughts.
Most of my lyrics are introspective so they’re how I view a situation on something. I’m not always the protagonist in the song, sometimes I’m the antagonist against myself, sometimes it’s not even about me, but it’s how i perceived something in my world.
RAG: I'm hearing some great styles in these songs. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Cale: For awhile all my influence was coming from the groups of artists I had surrounded myself with and was touring with. Parts of this record are heavily influenced by Old Towns, Gleneagle, The Nix Dicksons and Black Phoenix Orchestra.
As a producer, I’m influenced by Butch Vig, and Eric Valentine and Steve Albini.
As a writer I’m influenced by Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Susto.
Like I previously mentioned, I’m a mutt when it comes to musical tastes, I think that’s why it’s hard to pin point exactly what we do.
Toby’s big number one is Rush and you can tell it from his drumming. Pretty much anything classic rock or modern rock is his jam as long as the drums are interesting.
Deyson: I would also like to profess my love for Eric Valentine as well and also Jens Bogren, Serban Ghenea when it comes to producers.
RAG: What are you all doing when you're NOT working on music?
Cale: This might be a loaded question for me, but I’m always doing music. I record music for myself and other bands at my studio Cosmic Creatures and do live sound. When I’m not doing that, I’m going to record shops and flea markets and I collect vinyl, cassettes and other music memorabilia. I'm also an avid concert attender. I’ve easily lost I’ve count over the years on how many bands I’ve seen.
While not completely wrapped up in music I spend the rest of my time interested in travel, tattoos and fine dining and spending time with my partner and our families.
Deyson: While my hobbies also include recording and production, I think time and focus away is a good thing as well. I like to spend mine hanging out with my family, pet dog and friends.
RAG: Would you say live performances are a big part of what you do?
Cale: Performances have always been a huge part of my existence. I’ve spent many years travelling by myself and touring as a solo artist. I’ve played in historic hotels, record shops, alleys and upscale venues.
However, with the state of the world, we’re just gearing up to gig as a band. As a collective, we had to figure out who works well with each other since everything was created long distance. Hopefully we can play some more upscale gigs with this project. But we’re looking forward to seeing everyone soon.
RAG: This album feels like a big undertaking, is there any advice you'd give to other up and coming bands out there?
Deyson: My Advice to up and coming bands is very simple. release release release! Perfect is the enemy of good, don't overthink your art, work fast and do what feels right. Catch the energy as soon as you can and don’t rehash something until you’re no longer happy with it.
Cale: That’s pretty much spot on, the only thing I’d like to add is, don’t be scared to step out of your comfort zone, that’s where the best things happen. Take a chance, you’ll never know the answer if you don’t.
RAG: What can your fans expect from you in the near future?
Cale: There’s a couple songs that will be coming out before the end of the year that just didn’t lyrically fit with the subject matter on the record but you’ll have to keep an eye and ear out for when.
RAG: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
Cale : I would like to thank the fans both new and old for taking the time to support us. It means a lot when we put so much of ourselves into our work to have people appreciate what we’re doing and say that our tunes influence them.