Some bands cannot escape comparisons, and that’s not always a bad thing. When a small band is compared to a band you have respect for, you’re going to take notice, aren’t you? I know I always do. When I saw that My Lost Remedy had been compared to Muse, a band I both enjoy and am always in awe of, I had no hesitation about checking them out. In addition to taking a listen to their album Unstable Forms of Interpretation, I got to have a chat with Matt Trentadue, who does vocals and guitar in the band.
“The band was formed by lead guitarist and vocalist Matt and drummer Anthony, who had played together in a previous band since 2006. Our bassist, Nectaria, was introduced to MLR through the band’s former bassist Thomas, Matt’s cousin. It was evident from our first rehearsal that there was a great dynamic, both musically and personally,” Trentadue says.
My Lost Remedy open the album in the way that someone would ease you into a cave with a slow, tight fit at first, but then opening into a more expansive area. Azalea is a slow, mellow track that shows the band’s musical connection. The drums may steal the spotlight on this track, but the guitars aren’t far behind.
Come Out Tonight not only is one of the strongest tracks on the album, but the track that I sense the most blaring throwback to Depeche Mode, one of the band’s influences. The song is grittier while remaining the pace of a slow, creeping crawl. The way the guitars blow up the song in the middle is magical.
Diagonal is my favorite track on the album. The guitars layer over each other in such a title-appropriate way that it’s hard to not get into the beat of the song. Every time the chorus bursts in this song, I can’t resist dancing.
When I first read up on the band, I read some comparisons, especially vocally, to Muse. They Will Dismantle the Truth actually reminds me of Muse both vocally and musically. Trentadue sounds so much like Matt Bellamy in this track that it’s hard to miss and the long, epic guitars remind me of a live Muse performance.
“To begin with, it’s an honor to be compared to any band that has been successful musically. There isn’t any particular band that we would specifically like to be compared to being that we aren’t trying to emulate them. Our band influences include bands like The Beatles, U2, Radiohead, Pink Floyd and Depeche Mode,” says Trentadue
Run, the band’s current single, is the first song I heard by them and is a great introduction to the band as a whole. It has varying tempos, interesting musical shifts, and great lyrics. Matt’s vocals are allowed to shine on this track more than any of the others. There are no restraints, so let’s run far away.
“The strongest element to our band is our chemistry. Each member of the band has a major importance to our sound. From Anthony’s drum parts and unique feel along with Nectaria’s bass grooves, layered with the emotional vocals and driving guitar sounds.”
The album wraps up with what is the musically heaviest track on the album. Why You’ve Gone is loaded with guitars, featuring some pretty great bass lines that refuse to be in the background.
“The dynamics and writing set us apart. We have a technical, sometimes experimental rock sound but with a mix of more melancholy songs. Our live shows add a lot of atmospheric vibes and interactions,” he says.
The album felt like a progression of just getting your toe wet in the water to full on cannon-balling. This is a band to keep an eye on if you’re into downright rock music. They’re not trying any gimmicks – just trying to play straightforward rock and roll.
The band has plans to tour in 2012, film some videos, and get back to the studio later in the year, so keep an eye on them!