The Lost Brothers

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The Lost Brothers
The Lost Brothers.jpg
End of the Road Festival 2012
Background information
Origin Ireland
Genres Folk, country, blues
Years active 2008–present
Labels Bird Dog Records, Readymade Records, Lojinx
Associated acts The 747s, The Basement, Brendan Benson, Arctic Monkeys, The Coral, Howe Gelb
Website thelostbrothersband.com
Members Oisin Leech, Mark McCausland

The Lost Brothers are an Irish musical duo consisting of Mark McCausland and Oisin Leech, formerly of The Basement and The 747s.

In 2006, Leech appeared on Arctic Monkeys' cover of Barbara Lewis's Baby I'm Yours, sharing lead vocals with Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner. The song was released as a b-side on Arctic Monkeys' single Leave Before the Lights Come On.

McCausland was the lead guitarist in acclaimed band The Basement who were signed to the Liverpool-based label Deltasonic Records.[1]

McCausland and Leech first met while The 747s and The Basement toured together, and The Lost Brothers formed in 2008 following the disintegration of both bands. The band have been recording and touring extensively ever since, releasing five full length albums in the years between 2008 and 2018.

Their first album Trails of the Lonely was released in 2008[2] and produced in Portland Oregon by Mike Coykendall (Bright Eyes, M Ward) and The Decembrists collaborator Adam Selzer.

In 2010 The Lost Brothers recorded their second album, So Long John Fante, in Sheffield with producer Colin Elliot with members of Richard Hawley's band backing them in the studio.[3] The album received positive reviews in The Irish Times,[4] Hot Press[5] and the Irish Examiner[6] and saw the band perform live on The Late Late Show[7] and on the BBCs The Culture Show.[8]

In 2011, the band travelled to Nashville where they recorded new material with Brendan Benson as producer. Members of Old Crow Medicine Show and The Cardinals performed as their band for the recordings which became their third album, The Passing of the Night. The album was released on Benson's Readymade Records label in the US[9] and on Lojinx in Europe.[10]

In 2011, Barbara Orbison invited the band to record a song for the 75th Roy Orbison anniversary album.[11]

In 2014, The Lost Brothers recorded their fourth studio album, New Songs of Dawn and Dust,[12] in Liverpool with producer Bill Ryder-Jones and features Nick Power from The Coral. These sessions also spawned a mini album, which features The Lost Brothers, along with Ryder-Jones and Power, performing each other’s songs, new material, and cover versions of some of their favourite artists. Titled Bird Dog Tapes Volume 1, it was recorded in a single day and released two years later in 2016.[13]

In 2018, they recorded their fifth album, Halfway Towards a Healing in Tucson Arizona with producers Howe Gelb and Gabriel Sullivan.[14] The album was released to wide critical acclaim from leading music publications, including Mojo, Uncut, Record Collector,[15] and Q Magazine.[16][17]

Discography[edit]

  • Trails of the Lonely (2008)
  • So Long John Fante (2011)
  • The Passing of the Night (2012)
  • New Songs of Dawn and Dust (2014)
  • Bird Dog Tapes (mini album) (2016)
  • Halfway Towards a Healing (2018)

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.theskinny.co.uk/music/reviews/albums/the-basement-illicit-hugs-and-playground-thugs%3famp
  2. ^ "Former Basement and 747s members start new band | News". Nme.Com. 2008-10-02. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 
  3. ^ Power, Ed (2012-01-11). "Lost Brothers find their niche". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 
  4. ^ "The Lost Brothers - The Irish Times - Fri, Dec 02, 2011". The Irish Times. 2011-12-02. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 
  5. ^ Patrick Freyne. "So Long John Fante". Hotpress.com. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 
  6. ^ Quinn, Gerry (2011-12-07). "The Lost Brothers". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 
  7. ^ "Lost Brothers for The Late Late Show". Hotpress.com. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 
  8. ^ sol365 (2010-01-22). "The Lost Brothers - BBC Culture Show soundcheck". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 
  9. ^ "How Lost Brothers found a friend - The Irish Times - Fri, Aug 03, 2012". The Irish Times. 2012-08-03. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 
  10. ^ "lojinx // the lost brothers / the passing of the night". Lojinx.com. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 
  11. ^ British Broadcasting Corporation. "Northern Ireland - Across the Line". BBC. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 
  12. ^ https://www.lojinx.com/releases/the-lost-brothers/new-songs-of-dawn-and-dust
  13. ^ https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/the-lost-brothers-bill-ryder-jones-the-coral-nick-power-the-bird-dog-tapes-a7489656.html
  14. ^ https://www.irishnews.com/arts/2018/02/02/news/listen-to-this-the-lost-brothers-halfway-towards-a-healing-1247087/
  15. ^ http://recordcollectormag.com/reviews/halfway-towards-healing
  16. ^ https://thelostbrothersband.com/wp/?page_id=151
  17. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/halfway-towards-a-healing/the-lost-brothers