[interview] LOST&FOUND – Release Sophomore Album SNAKES & LADDERS

[interview] LOST & FOUND - Release Sophomore Album SNAKES & LADDERS

Release Sophomore Album

[interview] LOST & FOUND - Release Sophomore Album SNAKES & LADDERS

19 January 2018 saw the release of a brand new album by South African two-piece alternative rock group, LOST&FOUND. The album entitled SNAKES & LADDERS, is their second offering and comes after the release of their SAMA nominated self-titled debut album in 2016. LOST&FOUND is made up by drummer Jason Oosthuizen and guitarist/vocalist Glenn Hodgson.

SNAKES & LADDERS was written over the course of 11 months in between relentlessly touring the country. Production on a number of songs on the album was done by Theo Crous at his studio in Bellville, whilst others were recorded at Jason’s house with Dane Taylor.

“We really enjoy making music together and when the first record had no more legs, we were super excited to get back into the studio and bang out some new tunes!” says Jason Oosthuizen.

The duo describes the new album is more ‘dirty rock ’n roll’ as opposed to the first record which had a more acoustic feel to it, although their signature honest lyrics still shine through. They chose the title SNAKES & LADDERS to represent the ups and downs of life and to convey the message that how you are going to deal with it, is up to each individual.

Crafting their sound show after show after the release of their first album, the new album is a representation of their new honed sound – straightforward rock ’n roll with big guitars, busy drumming and meaningful lyrics.

[interview] LOST & FOUND - Release Sophomore Album SNAKES & LADDERS

SNAKES & LADDERS Track Listing:

1. Riff Song
This song is about how we are slowly brainwashed from the day we are born, and generally continue to accept what we have been told well into old age. It’s about how the people who are controlling our lives are rotten and corrupt and no one seems too worried about the state of the world, as long as we’ve got our devices.

2. I Only
This is a song about following your passion wholeheartedly, about being lost and then rescued by something, or someone, we love.

3. Sinners
Sinners is about ending up in a situation you didn’t ask for, because you never really had any direction in the first place, and then trying to blame others for your mistakes. It’s about believing in something, but not enough to make a 100% commitment to it because you’re scared of the change.

4. Dakota
Dakota is a cover from Stereophonics which we really enjoyed reworking for the album.

5. Best Smile
Best Smile speaks about how people idolise others – be they musicians or actors or whatever. For some reason these people, these gods, are placed on these mystical pedestals and worshipped. On the flip side of the coin are the artists, etc. who have to deal with this adulation, with the often unexpected fame, and how THEY deal with all the attention. We generally never deal with it the way we should, or even at all, and wonder why we eventually fall apart.

6. Stop Me
A song literally impossible to misinterpret; it’s about saying one thing and doing the other to the point where no one can take what you say seriously anymore.

7. Can Anyone
Sometimes people just don’t hear you. Many times people try tell you something and we half listen or other times we feel like we’re talking to a brick wall when we’re talking because nobody listens to us. So this offering is about trying to get people to listen more.

8. The End of the Bar (Feat. Jedd Kossew)
The End of the Bar is about having a problem with substance abuse but no matter how hard life gets, you can always go to a bar and find someone at the end of the bar who will listen to your story or entertain your bad habits.

9. Money Hungry
This song is about how people change, about wondering who your real friends actually are. There is a lot of fakeness in this industry, you never really know what people really think about you, or what they say when your back is turned but this song’s message is essentially “fuck ’em” I’m doing this thing anyway”.

10. Ghost
Ghost is about regretting your life choices and blaming others for your mistakes, but also about admitting your ignorance, asking for forgiveness, and moving on. It’s also about screaming. A lot of screaming.

Interview: LOST&FOUND

[interview] LOST & FOUND - Release Sophomore Album SNAKES & LADDERS

  • Hi Glen… it is such a pleasure to be featuring you guys on the site!! Is everyone doing well today? 
I am doing fantastic thank you. I’m making use of the leftover veg in my fridge and have just made myself a cabbage and carrot pasta.

  • Before we get started, can you please introduce us to the members of LOST&FOUND ?
I am Glen and I play the guitar and sing main vocals. Jason sings backing vox while he pounds his drums.

  • How/Where did you guys meet up to form this formidable partnership?
We met up when Jason got back from the States a couple of years back. I was doing L&F as a singer/songwriter project at the time and we decided to give it a go as a two piece – something I’ve always wanted to do.

  • Can you give us a short background on the name LOST&FOUND ?
Initially it was called ‘Glen Hodgson’s Lost and Found’. I guess it stemmed from that line in the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ – “I once was lost but now I’m found.” I was going through a bit of a transformation in my life and it seemed appropriate.

  • Where do you guys take inspiration from in your “sound”?
Initially I was inspired by artists like Ryan Adams, that alternative folky/country sound. Now I feel we’re leaning more towards the Biffy Clyro sound – melody driven, loud riffy guitars, and big drums.

  • Our local scene has been growing positively over the past few years… What are your thoughts on our local music scene at the moment and if there is anything you wish to see happen differently? 
I think the bands are amazing. There are bands for every genre of music you can think of. And they’re good. I feel not much has changed since the early days when all shows always seemed packed. What people don’t know is that every successful band has played to an empty room many, many times. Truth is – the harder a band works, the more successful they will become. People eventually start to take notice. So what I wish to see is that bands stop blaming outside circumstances and start pushing for themselves. The shows eventually get fuller. I know, I’ve lived this with The Parlotones. I can write the book.

  • Are there any local acts that you think need a special mention?
There are so many, however leaving out any bands would be like forgetting to invite someone to your wedding. I’d rather avoid that. I support ALL SA bands who are out there grinding away at the scene, as well as those SA bands that have been around for 20 years and are still going strong – they have to work just as hard as the unknown bands do to keep their brand alive.

  • You have just released you 2nd studio album called Snakes & Ladders, which comes off a great debut album that even got a SAMA nomination. What can we expect from Snakes & Ladders? Where can we get our hands on the album and which song are you most excited for on the album?
Snakes & Ladders is a lot heavier, way more edgy, with a couple of softer tunes. The album is available on all digital music sites like iTunes etc and will be scattered across the remaining music stores in the country. What I do recommend if you would like a physical copy is to come buy one from the merch stand one of our shows! 
I’m excited about a few songs for different reasons. Some I just love playing live, others I think have “radio potential.” All in all I can say that I’m 100% happy with the way the album sounds, which is rare.

  • Anything that you guys are currently working on that we would be interested in hearing about?
I’m always working on my golf swing and finishing off my tattoos. Other than that I am busy working on a solo country album which I’m quite excited about. Jason is busy working on fitting himself into a size 30 skinny jean again, and getting people to our shows.

  • Where can we follow you on social media?

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