Hershey, PA alternative post-hardcore act Lives Lost has released its latest EP, the five-song A Portrait Of Loss. The EP, out now on DI RECORDS, was conceived as a concept album by the band about the stages of grief. About the album, Guitarist Aaron Perry says “The music speaks to struggles of mental health, abandonment, losing loved ones, and more.” Drummer and backing vocalist Alan Thompson adds, “The themes in the music greatly mirror the struggles I have faced in my own life, which are enunciated through our passions for music and true deep thinking.”
Vocalist Tanis Pellegrini hopes everyone can find something to relate to on the EP. “This record is reflective of our passion for living our lives as our truest selves and growing, PAINFULLY. Being lost. Being hurt.,” he explains. “We all have our different journeys, and throughout this record, I think we can all relate to the tracks in some way. Every one of these tracks is about a personal experience we’ve had and the growth and hurt and grief experienced.”
The EPs lead single, “Jonny Romeo”, is a pure slice of melodic post-hardcore that feels ready for alternative radio and playlists. Lyrically, the single is all about the grieving stage of anger. About the song, vocalist Tanis Pellegrini says “Jonny Romeo is a track about grieving the people in our life that have belittled us and made us feel down even though we chose to love them anyway. When we lose people that never gave us the reciprocated approval and love that we needed, it’s something that sits with us forever, and this song is expressing the frustration in never getting to clear that up and tell them you know that your light was too bright for them and that you should never dim your light for ANYBODY.”
Lives Lost has been touring in support of the album. “It’s like I’m sharing a part of my soul every night,”
explains vocalist Tanis. “All of the songs are super personal and it’s like I’m sharing a part of my soul is being shared with the audience every night. I think, between it taking almost three years to write and another five months to record it, it is a pure artistic release for us all.”
The Ep was mixed and mastered by Jeff McKinnon, engineered and edited by Hayden Calhoun for Darkside audio, and drums were tracked by Logan Summey. It is available on all digital streaming platforms. The band has planned an EP release party on April 7th.
Lives Lost was formed in secret in the summer of 2019 by Frontman/Principle songwriter Tanis Pellegrini (formerly of regional metalcore standouts Lasciaté), with the sole purpose of writing music that combined his favorite things about his favorite bands into something he wanted to listen to. Tanis scoured for local musicians that he felt strongly embodied his vision. Friend and drummer Alan Thompson and guitarist Aaron Perry joined Lives Lost.
With a fully formed lineup and an EP out, Lives Lost continues on to change the world through art. Billed as a high-energy, unique rock band. Lives Lost brings a genre-bending sound to the stage making each performance unique. Throughout their tenure as a band, they have shared the stage with artists such as Alesana, Defiant, Eternal Frequency, Hinder, If Not For Me, Ignite, Jimmies Chicken Shack, Lyndhurst, Palisades, Small Town Titans, Softspoken, Vampires Everywhere, and VRSTY, and more!
Of their sound, Pellegrini opines, “I’d say we have the catchiness of Silverstein, the aggressiveness of Beartooth, the radio feel of some of the heavy-hitting octane bands such as Nothing More, and the prog/technical ambition of Coheed & Cambria!”
Lives Lost Is:
Tanis Pellegrini – Lead Vox /Guitars / Bass
Aaron Perry – Lead Guitar
Alan Thompson – Drums / Backing vox
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