It is probably not quite the case but between releases there often feels like there is a lengthy period of relative quiet from UK alt rock outfit Lost Without Cause but every time they do return in front of attention it is with a bang and it is no different with their new EP/mini album, Signals. Offering seven tracks which roar with contagion, craft and creative tension, the release is a fresh and rousing evolution in the trio’s potent and firmly established individual sound.
South East hailing, Lost Without Cause has consistently picked up plaudits along with a rich reputation for their sound and live performances since emerging in 2004. It was the 2011 release of mini album, Take Back Everything, which really set awareness and attention alight though and ever since the band has just escalated their presence and prowess within the UK rock scene with their release and a live presence which has seen them share stages with the likes of Bastille, Kids In Glass Houses, Fozzy, Don Broco, Lower Than Atlantis, China Drum, Sacred Mother Tongue, My Passion, The Crave, Koopa, Fei Comodo, None The Less, Saving Aimee and many more.
As we say, after another gap the threesome of vocalist/bassist Simon Marks, drummer James ‘JJ’ Jaggers, and guitarist Tony Stead leap upon ears again and dare we say easily with their most irresistible and certainly addictive proposition yet. The band’s alternative rock nurtured sound has always had pop-esque infectiousness to its unmistakable individuality but within Signals it has embraced a more pop punk voracity and attitude which helps shape the encounter as something that refuses to be ignored; the record’s commanding presence and insistence sweeping through the senses from the first breath of release opening I Don’t Know Why.
A surge of riffs and rhythms grip ears first, swiftly joined by the swinging lilt of the song and Marks’ equally contagious vocals. Muscular and flirtatious, the track proved creative virulence, bearing a trait which is uncaged throughout the whole of Signals. It is also a trespass rich in unpredictability and eventful in melodic and emotive tempting, a drama of sound and enterprise which quickly had us gripped.
The following Shame On Me, Shame On You is just as individual and manipulatively rousing as its predecessor. Its contemplation is relatively calmer in comparison but there is a fire in the belly and attitude in its breath which explodes across the song. It is a senses bruising, spirit rousing proposal making an early grab for favourite track, a claim soon challenged by Crash with its rock ‘n’ roll swung saunter. Almost predacious in it’s tempting as riffs and rhythms spring their invasive inclinations the track is equally fiery in its melodic and emotive compulsion with a Green Day like hue adding to its captivation.
Next up, Sinking Ships sizzles upon the senses initially, soon launching itself at the senses with metal hued tenacity and punk stewed ferocity. The track is superb, another seriously gripping and creatively animated uproar with an emotively irritable energy seizing best track honours.
The more pop orientated Shouting quickly slipped under the skin too, its body easy going but with a raucous touch which only highlighted its eager catchiness while Kook weaved a web of pop punk incitement and power pop revelry within its esurient holler. Both tracks pushed the variety of design and invention again within a sound which is inimitably Lost Without Cause but bold in its character to crats another two distinct adventures within one contagion of a record.
The release is completed by Three Words, a track which rose from reflective balladry into a senses surging, rhythmically pugilistic uproar as snappy and rapacious as anything on the encounter. It perfectly sums up the band’s sound and release; creatively forceful, aggressively infectious and mercilessly compelling.
So once more Lost Without Cause are back with that bang and with one explosive and greedily spirited detonation of enterprise; Signals simply their finest most striking offering yet.
Pete RingMaster 21/03/2022
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