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Lost And Found
Irish duo The Lost Brothers have found the time to make their darkest record yet, in between paying homage to Roy Orbison and getting on brilliantly with one another.
Olaf Tyaransen, 01 Oct 2012
This is our darkest record so far, but I think it’s our most accomplished as well,” says Lost Brother Oisin Leech of the Irish duo’s latest offering, The Passing Of The Night. “We’ve been describing it as a ‘cosmic swamp’.”
Since forming in Liverpool in 2007, Leech and his musical sibling Mark McCausland have been writing and touring an impressive catalogue of well-crafted, melodic songs that hark back to a time when life was simpler. Influenced by the sounds of the ‘50s and ‘60s, the travelling troubadours look the part: neither Lost Brother is ever seen out of a creased suit and a waistcoat.
The follow-up to last year’s sophomore release So Long John Fante, The Passing Of The Night was recorded late last year in Nashville. “We recorded it in this off the beaten track place called 1979 Studios,” explains Leech. “There’s a new kind of movement against the Nashville factory studio boulevard. There’s a young generation coming in where all genres of music are being made in the suburbs. We were lucky to get in on that.”
The album was produced by none other than Michigan musician Brendan Benson.
“Years ago I toured with him solo, and then with The Raconteurs. And that led to The Lost Brothers opening for him in Whelan’s. Brendan watched our show from the balcony and he loved it. He said to us, ‘If ever you’re passing through Nashville, give me a call’.
“Mark and I always wanted to work there. So when we were passing through Nashville we rang and asked Brendan to recommend a studio and he said, ‘1979 Studios’. We said, ‘Thanks a lot, maybe see you for a beer’. When we rang the studio, they actually suggested Brendan as an engineer. He said, ‘I’d love to engineer and I’ll produce’. So it was kind of chance and fortune.”
Although they had initially planned to record just one track, the songs flowed so well that they soon realised they had an album’s worth of material. “We’d been doing loads of writing so we presented him with about 20 songs and said, ‘Which one do you think?’” says McCausland. “And he said, ‘Let’s do them all!’ We only had five days so it was full steam ahead hard work.”