Lost&Found: Snakes and Ladders:
Latest Album Release:
You know that feeling when you go out drinking, for some reason leave 200 bucks in your jacket pocket, get home drunk, wake up, hang your jacket up, take it out a year later and find that 200 bucks again? Imagine that feeling when a cool band releases a second album. I got to speak with Glen of the Lost&Found duo about all things from publicity to inspiration.
Richard Chemaly (RC): Shot on the album gents! What’s really interesting is that you took the time to write a short explainer for each song. It’s generally not done but in a world of ambiguity, I really enjoyed knowing exactly what inspired the writing. What inspired that and have the listeners seemed to appreciate it?
Glen Hodgson (GH): Well to be honest we were asked to do it by our publicist, so we did! You are the first person to express appreciation over that, so thank you. I like to think that the songs are honest and mostly self-explanatory anyway, but there have been a number of complete misses over what people think a certain song is about, so I guess there is a bit of ambiguity there after.
RC: Both of you have had incredible success and continue to in other bands. Where did you find the time to put this album together and keep it pretty crisp as an alternative album?
GH: I have no idea. Things and timelines just have seemed to align pretty well. We haven’t really had a spare moment between us since we started in late 2015. I think all the travelling and playing together forged the sound of the new album. Crisp – more like charred?
RC: As I alluded to earlier, it’s apparent that you put a lot of thought into the lyrics and meaning of the music. I’ve been listening to “Best Smile” pretty religiously. Sure the subject matter has been done over and over but it’s a refreshing and inspired use of lyrical composition as opposed to the flooded single syllable sexed up rhyming couplets plaguing music today. Is it something you’re consciously fighting for?
GH: Not really, I just let whatever comes out of me come out. I wrote ‘Best Smile’ in studio the one day we were there laying down the other tracks – it just popped out of nowhere, and we kept it exactly like that. The other songs were a bit more challenging as far as the lyrics and their structures go. For ‘Riff Song’ I was pressed for time and had zero lyrics so I quickly jumped on one of those websites where they give you like a million phrases and sayings and their meanings and just chucked a whole lot of them together until they made sense. But that’s me. Jason’s lyrics are always very well thought out and very neatly written. So at the end of the day it’s a bit of a lyrical lucky packet but I’m happy with the result.
RC: Then of course, Dakota. Of all the bands you could cover, you went with Stereophonics. What inspired that song in particular? Do they know you did it and what do they think of your rocked up version?
GH: I’ve been a big fan since ‘Word Gets Around’ but Dakota was always one of their stand out tracks. There was no real reason behind choosing it, we just heard it one day on the radio and decided to add it into our set. It’s an awesome song to perform live. As for the band knowing about it, I’m 100% sure they have no idea.
RC: So having had success with other projects and your first album, what are the hopes for this album and where would you like to take it?
GH: I don’t really have any expectations. I just like that it’s out there. For me it’s enough that we put out a record that we are both proud of.
RC: Thanks for keeping the alternative scene alive and well, keep on rocking and looking forward to catching a couple of gigs!
GH: Thanks a mil, you’re most welcome.