|Origin||Derby, Derbyshire, England|
Sire Records (US)
|Past members||Tom Kitchen|
LostAlone are a British rock band from Derby, Derbyshire that has been active since 2005. The band currently consists of Steven Battelle (lead vocals, guitar), Alan Williamson (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Mark Gibson (drums, percussion, backing vocals). To date, LostAlone have released two albums, Say No to the World (2007) and I'm a UFO in This City (2012).
Since their inception, LostAlone have toured in the UK and mainland Europe supporting a number of major artists such as Enter Shikari, Paramore, My Chemical Romance, Evanescence and Thirty Seconds to Mars on their Into the Wild Tour, as well as completing several European headline tours. They have also made appearances at festivals such as Taste of Chaos, Give it a Name, Download, Reading, T in the Park, Oxegen and Rock am Ring. They received their first major award nomination when they were nominated for "Best British Newcomer" at the Kerrang! Awards in 2007.
LostAlone signed to U.S. label Sire Records in December 2009, after spending the majority of the year writing the follow-up to Say No To The World. During May 2010, the band recorded in Los Angeles with acclaimed producers Jacknife Lee (Weezer, U2, R.E.M.) and Greg Wells (Mika, Deftones, Katy Perry), executive producer Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance, and engineers Alan Moulder (The Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, Foo Fighters) and Mark Needham (The Killers, Fleetwood Mac, My Chemical Romance), the band released the track "Paradox on Earth" from their forthcoming album as a free download. The first official single, "Do You Get What You Pray For?", was released on 5 February 2012, followed by the album's release, via Graphite Records, on 5 March. The second single, titled "Love Will Eat You Alive" was released on the 1 April, with its music video premiering on 27 February. Love will eat you alive was a milestone for the band when, after first receiving a spin by Fearne Cotton, it was then play listed on daytime BBC radio one. The band are now working on their third album, set for release from spring 2014.
2005–2008: Formation and Say No to the World
Singer-guitarist Steven Battelle and drummer Mark Gibson formed LostAlone with bassist Tom Kitchen in 2005 after disbanding their previous band Intentions of an Asteroid. Battelle and Gibson then created their own label, Scorpia, to represent their new band and to handle the production and distribution of their subsequent single and album releases. The band's debut album, titled Say No to the World, was released on 11 March 2007. It received positive reviews from critics. The album spawned three singles, "Blood is Sharp", "Unleash the Sands of All Time", both released in 2006, and "Elysium", released in 2007.
2009–present: I'm a UFO in This City
LostAlone signed to U.S. label Sire Records in December 2009, after spending the majority of the year writing the follow-up to Say No To The World. During May 2010, the band recorded in Los Angeles with acclaimed producers Jacknife Lee (Weezer, U2, R.E.M.) and Greg Wells (Mika, Deftones, Katy Perry), executive producer Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance, and engineers Alan Moulder (The Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, Foo Fighters) and Mark Needham (The Killers, Fleetwood Mac, My Chemical Romance). Due to changes in personnel, LostAlone were released from their contract and given the commercial and creative rights to their album, I'm a UFO in This City. On 13 February 2011, the band released the track "Paradox on Earth" from their forthcoming album as a free download. The first official single, "Do You Get What You Pray For?", was released on 5 February 2012, followed by the album's release, via Graphite Records, on 5 March. The second single, titled "Love Will Eat You Alive" was released on the 1 April, with its music video premiering on 27 February. Love will eat you alive was a milestone for the band when, after first receiving a spin by Fearne Cotton, it was then play listed on daytime BBC radio one.
I'm A UFO in This City continued to gain critical acclaim with a broad selection of the music press praising the release.
“… it can only be a matter of time before this unabashed explosion of deadly hooks, dirty riffs and lighter aloft ballads regularly sell out stadiums.” 8/10 NME
“LostAlone understand that it’s about bombast, being ridiculous and pushing your act, attitude and amps up to 11.” KKKK Kerrang!
“Breathtaking Queen style harmonies and classic metal bite.” Classic Rock
“Big, bombastic and littered with choruses the size of Jupiter.” Rock Sound
“Complex, ambitious, brave, inspiring, exciting, interesting, boundary breaking…LostAlone are one of the most exciting bands the UK has to offer.” 10/10 Ourzone
Third Single' Paradox on Earth' was released June 10, again the band was heavily supported by XFM, Kerrang Radio and Radio One, the video for the single, shot in Berlin, also gained play listing on MTV Rocks, Kerrang and Scuzz music channels
In several interviews during April Steven Battelle stated that he had already written two more albums, and was eager to begin recording them, mentioning that he envisioned the next one being released in 2013.
Steven was named in the kerrang! magazine 50 greatest rockstars in the world today feature July 4, 2012.
In July 2012 The band gave away a free download of a new demo track, 'Everybody dies but the world's still turning' The track was available via their website and Facebook page.
In Sept 14th a new video for the track Vesuvius was premiered on Kerrang Magazine's website, along with details of a Double A side single Vesuvius/ Creatures to be released in November
On Dec 16 the band released a Christmas single entitled "I Want Christmas Always" via iTunes. The single received critical acclaim with a 4 K rated review in Kerrang magazine.
Matt Stocks from Kerrang Radio named ' Creatures' his track of the year.
Kerrang magazine's end of the year album poll saw 'I'm A UFO In This City' number 29 put of 101 albums.
Digital Fix website added the bands end of year accolades by placing ' I'm A UFO In This City' in their albums of the year
The band have started creating momentum in America with Alternative Press magazine naming them in the 101 bands to look out for in 2013. The band's album 'I'm a UFO in this city' now has a US release set for April on "The End' Records
Back in the UK the band have set plans to record a new album in April
Steven Battelle has described the band to be influenced by anything with a pulse and a melody although bands he has referred to more than once have been Queen, Guns N' Roses, Iron Maiden, Mansun, Pink Floyd, Weezer and Beach Boys Whilst none of these are particularly prevalent in the band's overall sound, there are subtle nods to these bands both musically, lyrically and dynamically in the band's music. Battelle (songwriter) in particular, embodies the energy and direction of the band. A versatile vocalist and guitarist, he has developed a unique stage style and aesthetic which has grown to include alternative slide guitar techniques, push-ups on stage mid-song, handing out custard creams, and the inimitable, crowd-pleasing 'flip-catch-guitar-solo-with-shoe' move. The band's style combines fast, heavy riffs with slower, melodic sections and strong vocal harmonies to create a sound that cannot be easily pigeonholed, it sits somewhere within the rock/alternative scene.
LostAlone have toured extensively across the UK and Europe, supporting several bands, most notably Thirty Seconds to Mars, Enter Shikari, Paramore and My Chemical Romance. They have also constantly toured the UK and Europe as a headline act in between supporting more established acts mentioned above. Their first ever show was in Derby on 30 January 2005. The band have also appeared on numerous high-profile European festivals including Taste of Chaos, Give it a Name, Download, Rock am Ring, Rock im Park, T in the Park, Oxegen and the Carling Weekend. They have had one headline tour which was in support of their debut album, Say No To The World. In 2008 started with a five-date headline tour of Finland with Wiidakko, then main support to 30 Seconds To Mars in the UK. In February the band again toured with Paramore after which they announced that they would take a break from touring and return to the rehearsal room to write their second record. The band toured as the opening act for Thirty Seconds to Mars on their European 2010 Tour and are have recently supported My Chemical Romance on their 2011 UK arena tour along with The Blackout, throughout February. In April 2011, they also toured with My Passion throughout the UK. In February 2012 LostAlone began a 35 date tour as support (along with Mojo Fury) for InMe, followed by a sold out headline show in their hometown of Derby on the 7th April at The Victoria Inn, before embarking on a headline European tour, this time with InMe as their support. Five more UK headline dates in May were announced at the start of April. The band return to mainland Europe in September for a string of shows with Australian band Tonight Alive, the tour then returns to the UK travelling up and down the country.
In December 2012 the band played their biggest ever hometown show at the Assembly Rooms in Derby, the show gained a double page 5K review in Kerrang the following issue, the highest rating possible.
February 2013 the band embarked on a UK headline tour, the band played eight shows around the UK ending in London. The day after the tour finished, the band announced it would be travelling to the US in March to play the legendary South By South West Festival in Austin Texas.
More UK dates were announced as the band are asked to be special guests on a UK tour with the band Canterbury, these shows start at the end of April.
Following and in support of the release of the singles "Blood Is Sharp", "Unleash The Sands Of All Time" and "Elysium" the band have received significant national and international press interest, most notable being support from Bruce Dickinson (of Iron Maiden) on his BBC Radio 6music rock show. Following an interview on the show, Bruce listed the band in his top 5 singles of 2006. and has regularly played the various singles on his show. Zane Lowe has also regularly included the band on his evening radio show on BBC Radio 1.
The music videos for the singles "Blood Is Sharp" and "Unleash The Sands Of All Time" have been in rotation on many music channels across Europe / UK, including MTV, VH1, and Scuzz.Some high profile bands have declared support for the band by mentioning them frequently in interviews around the world, including all members of My Chemical Romance, Gerard Way, Hayley Williams, Jared Leto, and Bruce Dickinson. The band were nominated for Best British newcomer at the 2007 Kerrang! Awards which they attended. Since the release of the first single 'Do You Get What You Pray For?' from their new album, the band have been gaining huge support from the music press and radio. The first single received CAITLIN 'Single of the Week' status on both Kerrang Radio and XFM, plus Radio One's Zane Lowe showed big support to the track playing it every week. The video also gained 'Video of the week' on Kerrang TV and has stayed in the Hot Rock top 20 for weeks. Scuzz TV also play-listed the video and championed the band.
Most recently the single "Love Will Eat You Alive" was placed on the Radio One "In New Music We Trust" playlist, and has had frequent airplay by several Radio One DJs including Fearne Cotton and Scott Mills. In an interview with Rock & Rose, singer Steven Battelle expressed surprise at this level of mainstream exposure: “Being play-listed on Radio 1, that’s huge. You get spot plays on the evening shows but now we’re proper daytime radio and that’s not something that I thought would happen with our band, not straight away anyway.”
- Studio albums
- Extended Plays
- Light The Waves
- Honey and Burlesque
- "Blood Is Sharp" (2006)
- "Unleash the Sands of All Time" (2006)
- "Elysium" (2007)
- "Do You Get What You Pray For?" (2012)
- "Love Will Eat You Alive" (2012)
- "Paradox on Earth" (2012)
- "Vesuvius" (2012)
- "Creatures" (2012)
- "I Want Christmas Always" (2012)
- "The Bells! The Bells!" (2013)
Awards and nominations
|2007||LostAlone||Best British Newcomer||Nominated|
- Lane, Daniel (August 8, 2007). "And the nominations are...". Kerrang!.
- FemaleFirst magazine, retrieved 19th April 2012
- Interview on altsounds
- Video interview for Stagefright TV
- LostAlone tour archive
- LostAlone MySpace page
- Upshot Creek
- Bruce Dickinson lists LostAlone in his top 5
- Rock & Rose online, retrieved 4th April 2012