Like most band members, music is their life. Brisbane’s The Lost Knights are no different. They’ve been a band for seven years now – and have given it their all in the hopes that one day they may achieve their dreams! Now, they are releasing their new single and video Paper Skies, their tongue in cheek single written in frustration about the fact that their dreams and the dreams of thousands of other musicians the world over, may never come to fruition. The band answer some questions about the single.
Congratulations on the single Paper Skies, have you been pleased with the reaction so far?
Thank you. We have been very pleased with the release thus far. We have been lucky enough to have had a radio premier on Triple M, we have been lucky enough to join the Imprint Merch roster, and our fans seem to really like the track and the video. We just hope that people continue to enjoy it and it continues to reach more ears!
On reflection can you believe how much work goes in to a single release?
The hours are endless! We have been working on this single and the release since mid last year. There is so much that goes into it behind the scenes. Pre-production, recording, mixing and mastering, revisions, designing or collaborating with artists for artwork, planning the release and the music video, filming, editing, collaborating with our team and so on. Terry has definitely worked the hardest spending most nights this year designing resources for the band to use on social media. One four minute song and hundreds of hours of work.
What’s the story behind the single?
The single is tongue in cheek for sure. We have been a band for seven years now and prior to that we were all in other bands. We all love music but the journey can be very very long. The song introduces the world into the insight of being in a band. Being a drop in the ocean of all the music that is being released daily by thousands of artists, losing friends and seeing relationships breakdown because of what being in a band can entail. The song is built out of frustration and really describes the journey that you can really spend your whole life chasing something just to be this tiny blip in the world of music.
Were you hands on with the video clip?
We 100% were. We were all involved in developing the idea and planning the video from scratch. We aren’t a band that has a label providing a budget for a large scale production video clip so we do a lot of the work ourselves just like a lot of other bands we know. It took a few days to set up the venue and a whole day of filming. It was a fun but huge task. The end result is what it is all about though and we love our clip. We had a ball.
Sonically, how would you describe The Lost Knights to the uninitiated?
We are a band that has something for everyone. Ranging from our earlier acoustic tracks and pop rock tracks to our newer heavier rock tracks and even electronic tracks. Our target audience definitely appeals to those aged 15 to 30 who are fans of acts like Linkin Park, Bring Me The Horizon, to Coldplay and 30 Seconds to Mars, This Wild Life and Hands Like Houses.
What bands/ artists do you look up to?
We all have our own artists we love and shared artists we love. These range from Amity Affliction, Bad Omens, Bring Me The Horizon, Mayday Parade, Go Radio, Hellions, Tonight Alive, and so on.
Are there plans for more music this year?
Oh baby, you are in for a treat! We have just released our remix EP titled 7 Years celebrating the journey we have had as The Lost Knights but later in the year we have another brand new single that we will be releasing alongside another music video. If you were a fan of Paper Skies, you will LOVE our next release! In fact, we are being sneaky and premiering it live at our upcoming Gold Coast and Brisbane shows on July 1 and July 4.
Is COVID making things complicated for the band?
Yes it is. It has definitely slowed us down in terms of touring and playing live. We had a tour booked this year with some of our good friends from around Australia that we had to cancel which was heart breaking. Plus it is just so tricky trying to organise shows given how unexpected lockdowns and restrictions are. It is something that has really affected the entire music industry in a very bad way.
Are there plans for a bigger tour when things are more certain?
Yes, most definitely. Once we can tour we won’t stop. We have a number of bands that we have discussed touring with and we cannot wait until we can actually commit to those plans!
What’s next for The Lost Knights?
New music, new shows, new tours, new merch! We have so much in store for you all! The only thing we can guarantee, is that we are nowhere near finished.
Interview By Rob Lyon
Catch the release shows for Paper Skies, tickets HERE