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A Dirty Dozen with A LOST ASYLUM – March 2020

| 18 March 2020 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “Dark Gothcore band A Lost Asylum returns to the music scene with their self-titled album, A Lost Asylum. The new release follows the 2018 album, entitled The ObsessionA Lost Asylum was produced by Tristan Anderson and is out now via Pavement Entertainment. A Lost Asylum hails from Salt Lake City, UT. The band formed in 2016 and consists of Holly Watson (Lead Vocals), James Roake (Bass), Gil Menchaca (Guitar), Dante Long (Guitar), and Justin Bell (Drums/Unclean Vocals). They have built up a loyal fanbase by touring the West Coast, and hope to bring their brand of dark Gothcore music to people all around the world.” We get the band to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Gil: “Broken Beyond Repair” Ft. JT Tollas pays homage to late Justin Lowe from After the Burial. It was originally written in a previous band Gil, Justin, and Holly were in together. It was such a good song that it was resurrected when A Lost Asylum formed.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

Holly: It has always been a dream of each of ours to be a musician at a young age. Each one of us has always loved music and wanted to share our own creativity to others.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

Dante: My Chemical Romance, Metallica, and Linkin Park, are a couple bands that inspired us as kids.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Holly: Chiodos, Blessthefall, Crown the Empire, Peirce the Veil, and Wage War.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Jutin: Beau Bokan would be amazing to work with. Blessthefall has had a huge influence on this band.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

James: We took our love for emo music and mixed it with the heavy, hard hitting music that we love.

Dante: Evanescence

7. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

Holly: The emotional and creative release we get when writing and performing and it also gives us an excuse to party!

8. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Dante: Holly cooks for us, James brings the drinks, and Justin is always the first one to pull out a guitar.

9. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

Gil: Darius Tehrani was amazing to meet. We played with Spite a few years ago.

10. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

Dante: Professional Gamer

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Justin: I wish I would have started my musical journey with the drums. I picked up the guitar as a kid and never mastered it. I was meant to be a drummer and I didn’t know that until a few years ago.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

James: I don’t have a specific album but I would have loved to be present during one of Elvis’s recording sessions. He changed music so much back then. It would have been great to be a part of it.





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