Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Emerging Artist Interview: Lost in Society

BOAB Featured Band: Lost In Society

This NJ alt-punk trio recently came off Vans Warped Tour and the Northeast's Upstart Fest. Find out more about them here. 
Lost In Society are a fast-rising, emerging alt-punk act based out of Asbury Park, NJ. They recently made their debut this summer on Vans Warped Tour and have shared the stage with acts such as the Bouncing Souls, Tim Barry, Strike Anywhere, The Misfits, The Flatliners and Catch 22. The group is known for their fierce, energy-packed live performances and D.I.Y. ethos. Their hard work and raw dedication is why we've picked them as our Featured Band this month! We caught up with Zach Moyle, lead singer and guitar player of Lost In Society, to find out some insider info on some of his biggest influences, funniest moments on tour, and more. You can also check them out at www.lostinsociety.com!

1. What is your favorite merch item in your catalog right now?
Nick [bassist] just designed a white and red baseball tee with the art of Let It Sail on the back. It’s
pretty bad ass and they have been flying off the merch table.

2. Do you think vinyl as a product is back for good?
I can’t say for good. Pop-culture changes so quickly, but I definitely think that Vinyl will be
a prominent item for many bands for a good chunk of time. Vinyl is cool. If you’re in a band
and you don’t have a record player…you’re not cool. I can say this now because I just got
one last week.

3. If you could afford to order a run of one unique or specialty item, what would it be?
Probably dog leashes…because there is nothing less punk rock than walking your
girlfriend’s tiny dogs…but I think we could help out with that. Or our own brand of Whiskey
sold shot by shot at our merch table. (Bottles also available). It would be called “Society’s
Finest”

4. What has been the funniest thing to happen at your merch tent/table?
One time these kids ran up to our tent on Warped Tour looking all excited and they asked
us if we “knew where Lost In Society was playing”. So we of course answered and said that
we had played already. We pointed out the stage anyways, they then ran off and said “Fuck
Lost In Society, we just wanted to see the band after them!” I loved it. That was hilarious.

5. What was the first record/cassette/CD that you owned and how did it change you?
The first CD I had that I really paid any attention to was Green Day’s International
Superhits. I was 9 at the time and I just fell in love with every song on that album.

6. If you could pick any musician's brain over a beer, who would it be?
Dave Grohl. If I have to explain this answer, than I don’t want to be your friend. But to put it
in a few words; he’s Dave Grohl.

7. Name your dream tour: up to 5 bands, dead or alive.
Nirvana, The Rolling Stones, Cake, Foo Fighters, The Loved Ones. But I would trade these
in to be able to sing well enough to join The Temptations back in the day.

8. Who are you musically influenced by that no one would ever guess by listening to your
music?
I really love Cake. They were my first “favorite” band when I was about 5 years old. I don’t
think we sound anything like them, or if you can hear any influence, but they have definitely
influenced me over the years.

9. How do you feel being on stage when the audience is having an amazing time?
There is absolutely nothing better in the world than playing a great set to an audience that is
giving you back as much energy as you’re giving them. Without fans, there is no music. It’s
that simple. There is something surreal about an audience screaming my lyrics back at me
and dancing to songs that I’ve written over the years. So, I feel pretty damn good when that
happens. LIS loves their fans.

10. Name the place you'd most like to play a show, anywhere in the world.
I would like to play one song with the entire band while skydiving and land on a stage on top
of the white house and finish the set. I don’t think anyone has done that before... It’s totally
plausible.

11. What moment has made all of the hard work being a musician worth it?
There have really been so many. We have met so many amazing people over the years
and we take nothing for granted. Recently, we have been getting a lot of e-mails from fans
telling us that they love our music and that they will be fans for life. Along with those we
have received messages from bands going through rough patches asking for our advice.
It’s pretty cool being a relatively young band and having even younger bands ask for our
advice. I guess it’s weird to us because we still feel like everyone’s little brother.