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Lostprophets
In no way are the Lostprophets interpreters of God’s will, but they sure do interpret their music well. Hailing from a small town in England, six childhood friends, who having no work in Wales, decided to form a band, playing covers to original material. This Wales-based post hardcore outfit was formed in 1997 by Ian Watkins (drums) and Mike Lewis (guitar) following the break-up of their former band Public Disturbance. They were subsequently joined by Lee Glaze (guitar) and Mike Chiplin (drums), with Watkins taking over as lead vocalist.

A series of well-received demos and a burgeoning reputation as a live act attracted the attention of the independent label, Visible Noise Records. The Fake Sound Of Progress, their first release by Visible Noise in October 2000 and featuring new bass player Stuart Richardson, offered a welcome home-grown antidote to the wave of American nu metal bands. This strikingly assured and engagingly melodic collection earned the band a US recording contract with Columbia Records, and support slots with Pitchshifter, Linkin Park and the Deftones. By this point, the band had added Jamie Oliver to their line-up. The Fake Sound Of Progress was remixed by Michael Barbiero and re-released in America in autumn 2001. The men now have a new album called Start Something.

The Record recently had an exclusive telephonic interview with Stuart Richardson in London who spoke at length on the new album and the band.

The Record (TR): Is your band name taken from a Duran Duran bootleg album?
Stuart Richardson: Yeah. It’s true. We were trying to find a name for our band and then we saw the name in a Duran Duran album. We asked them if we if could use it and they said it was okay and so we just agreed to it. They thought it was real cool. It seemed a little vague in the beginning to do such a thing, but the name just stuck.

TR: Are any of you hardcore Duran Duran fans?
SR: Yeah, we all like them.

TR: In India, your music is just beginning to catch on. So could you give us a quick background about the band?
SR: Okay. We all come from the same town, and went to the same schools. Even the same playschools. Now that we’re grownup, there’s nothing much to do in Wales apart from lazing around. There’s no jobs here, unless you want to move over to the main city in London. So didn’t have anything to do and we started a band. We’ve been friends for years. We just play the music we really like. We once played in London and then a label saw us and so we managed to move on into London. Earlier we had to take up regular jobs and keep timings, but now we’re just enjoying ourselves. Our second album is named Start Something and is just out.

TR: Your first demo in 1997 brought rave reviews, but then in a few years time you guys just disappeared. What happened during this time?
SR: Well, the demo we did was really cool and it was done at a time when we were really very young and we were just getting onto the road. The sound was something like hardcore rhythm and stuff like that, and then we thought about the debut and so we just kept on writing until we found our own sound.


You can read the rest of our exclusive interview with Lostprophets in the March 2004 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.
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