They Have Spoken
Anna Franceschelli - Staff Writer
September 23, 2010
Filed under News
A new WCA band, Lost Continent, recently had their first concert.
Lost Continent, a new band of four juniors, recently made their debut. The band played at a local St. Louis venue on August 21, and had an unexpectedly large turnout.
Band mates Matt Brugner (drums), Landon Burke (bass), Taylor Hughes (vocals/guitar), and Andy Munoz (guitar/vocals), juniors, played four originals, and one cover called “Such Great Heights” by The Postal Service.
“I liked that the gig was not just in a basement, but at an actual venue,” said Morgan Nixon, junior.
For a first concert, it was a great venue, although the sound quality was not quite what they had hoped for.
Brugner felt it went well but also went on to say “you are your own worst critic, so it is hard to say how it really went.”
They did not expect as many people to show up. They sold 60 tickets, which did not include walkups.
“We did not think that many people would come, but we hoped a decent amount would because we put it out there so much. We are proud of our efforts because they definitely paid off,” said Munoz.
The band did not have a certain day they would practice; they just got together whenever all of them could. They would write and rehearse their songs.
“We practiced a lot more as the concert got closer, to make sure we had everything down,” said Brugner.
They were the second band of the night and opened with one of their original songs called “Play Your Game.” This song was a great opener that the crowd really enjoyed.
“In one of their songs (Spoken) I thought it was cool how they sang a few notes and had us repeat them,” said Kristen O’Leary, junior, “it was a good way to make the audience a part of it.”
The band has an admittedly unique style that includes input from all members. While the songwriting is a collaborative venture, it is Hughes and Munoz who are mainly in charge of finalizing it.
“Our genre is not easily classified, but I would say it is alternative indie,” said Burke.
Burke, Hughes, and Munoz have been playing together since April but were still in need of a drummer to start a band, though they were not seriously searching. At the beginning of summer, it clicked that Brugner would be perfectly suited.
Since their concert, they have added Peter Johnson, junior, to be their pianist. “Keyboard adds a different complexity and provides a different element this band is excited to have,” said Hughes about Peter being in the band.
They do not know what is in store for their future, but hope it will be something long-lasting.
“We hope to make our mark on the St. Louis music scene. We’ll continue to play around town and hopefully people will like what they hear. We already have another show scheduled with some much bigger bands, so we’ll see where that takes us,” said Burke.
Lost Continent is planning to have their next gig in November, so they have a lot of time to perfect their songs to make their next concert even better than the last. Students can follow them on myspace.com/lostcontinentstl, where they can also find two of their songs.