EMQ’s with TOMORROW IS LOST
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK based Modern Rock band Tomorrow Is Lost. Huge thanks to all of them for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Cass King: I’m the vocalist with Tomorrow Is Lost. We formed the band back in early 2017, after a previous project folded. We didn’t set out with any grand master plan, but we’ve been extremely fortunate to have had some incredible opportunities come our way, and mixed in with a bit of hard work – we’re crazy proud of everything we’ve managed to achieve in the last 3 years.
Joe Mac: And I play guitar, so the band was formed in January 2017 in preparation for a music competition at the O2 academy in Newcastle. Cass and I had competed in the heats for the competition in a previous band, which disbanded a month before the final. We then found a bassist and a drummer, and had two weeks to rehearse before the competition, which was very stressful haha. Since then we have had a few line-up changes, gigged up and down the country every weekend, and met some fantastic people. The band is as solid as ever now and we all gel really well together.
Josh Fodden: I play bass AND I do NOT drive the van…I joined the band a year ago now, after waiting for my moment.
Ryan O Hara: I play guitar and joined the band 3 years ago initially to join them on stage to play a cover at a show in Bradford, but it worked well and the 2nd guitar really helped solidify the sound of the songs we had at that time. Cass & Joe asked me to join, best decision I ever made.
Marc Rush: I play drums and joined the band just over 2 years ago.
How did you come up with your band name?
Cass: We didn’t have a name to start with…but we had our first gig fast approaching in February 2017 – so we needed one, fast. We started flicking through lyric ideas, and ‘tomorrow’s lost’ kinda jumped out. So, we ran with it (apostrophe included), and it stuck from there. We dropped the apostrophe in the end, still a good shout I reckon.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Cass: We’re from the North of England (specifically Newcastle, Durham and York if you’re a native). Corona-aside – it’s usually pretty banging, but around the world the virus is obviously taking a real toll on the live music circuit, so we’ve just gotta hope that it recovers sooner rather than later…
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Cass: We just released our debut album “Therapy” in March this year. It’s been pretty devastating to lose some great opportunities this year due to the virus which means we haven’t been able to gig the album, but despite all this, the response to the album has been incredible – and it far surpassed our expectations.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Cass: Collectively, we have a ridiculously broad range of influences…it shouldn’t work really, but somehow it does. For “Therapy” we referenced a whole range of artists from Slipknot, The Pretty Reckless, Billie Eilish, Bring Me The Horizon, Don Broco, The 1975, Guano Apes, Calvin Harris, Michael Jackson, the list goes on and on and on. It was such a cool experience, and with the most incredible input and mentoring from Dave Boothroyd (Producer) we were really able to open ourselves up to new sounds and directions to create something that definitely holds its own identity, and we can’t wait to build on that some more for the next release.
Ryan: My greatest influences are definitely: The Darkness, Linkin Park and Creed and guitarist wise it has to be Vivian Campbell. Getting to meet and have a chat with him at Winterstorm Festival last year was mind blowing for me.
Joe: Iron Maiden is by far my favourite band. I love all three guitar players and I like to think I incorporate a little bit of each of them in my playing. They were the ones who influenced me to write guitar harmonies into some of our songs. I also love KISS, Ozzy Osbourne/Black Sabbath, and My Chemical Romance.
Marc: Mine have changed a lot over the years, beginning with heavy metal, Slipknot and Slayer, going through classic stuff like the Beatles, indie stuff like the Arctic Monkeys. Most recently I’m much more into more industrial or electronic types of rock and metal. I’m still yet to be able to sound as much like any of them as I’d want to.
Josh: I always find this to be tough to answer without creating the biggest list in the world, but definitely Jack White, most grunge music and a lot of punk music, bands like Soundgarden, Seether, Anti Flag and Misfits. And definitely Linkin Park.
What first got you into music?
Cass: I’ve always been drawn to anything creative since I was tiny. Music, singing, dancing, art, drama. My grandad was a singer and my great uncle a concert pianist…so I must get it from my mam’s side at least!
Joe: It’s always been in my life, the first song I can ever remember was Morrisey’s ‘First Of The Gang To Die’. My Dad was and still is a big fan of the Smiths/Morrisey and The Jam. He always had music on, and I’ve never known a world without it. What interests me about music and especially guitar players is how everybody can hear and create something different within a song. Like I love Johnny Marr’s lead guitar parts in ‘The Draize Train’ and pretty much all of Bruce Foxtons bass lines are unique, no one else could have done it like that.
Marc: I played music for about 5 years before I actually took any real interest in it. It was heavy metal bands like Metallica and Slipknot that first made me want to learn more.
Josh: A few things over the course of a few years when I was a kid, the biggest one is my Dad, he was a touring musician and was always gigging and playing festivals so I always saw how cool that was and wanted to be like that, another was my being a big gamer, I loved the Rockband games, they were similar to Guitar Hero and that introduced me to a lot of bands.
Ryan: The first thing that got me into rock music was seeing The Darkness ‘Growing On Me’ while watching Kerrang TV with my Dad when I was little.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Cass: Erm…I’ve been loving Poppy and her latest release…but I’ve been craving nostalgia like mad lately, so I’ve been hammering Lady Gaga, Pink, Backstreet Boys…with no shame, whatsoever.
Josh: I would love to work with Machine Gun Kelly and Travis Barker or Jack White
Marc: I dunno, probably someone electronic with less guitarists.
Ryan: I would love to do something with Avenged Sevenfold.
Joe: I’d like to collaborate with more producers, I think. So probably Romesh Dodangoda.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Cass: I think Download would be pretty cool…that’s like the holy grail of rock festivals over here isn’t it? Playing the Sophie Stage at Bloodstock would be really special as well, the Main Stage can come later…
Ryan: I’d love to play Download or Wacken Festival. Those are two big ones for me…….Oh and Bloodstock again, Sweden Rocks would be amazing as well…I think we should arrange a tour where we play festivals ALL summer long.
Josh: I would love to play Rise Above festival, which was a festival made by Shaun Morgan of Seether, great bands play there and it’s for a good cause.
Joe: Download, that would be the ultimate gig for me, just for it being the biggest rock and metal one in the UK.
Marc: Download is the one or Glastonbury as that is quite a different type of event…Or one in a nice warm country with no mud.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Cass: I don’t think anyone’s ever given me anything?! And now you’ve got me thinking I’m mad unpopular?! Probably something I said…haha
Joe: There hasn’t really been any, just really nice and kind ones, there was a customised merch table lamp that Julie from the MT Heads MCC made for us.
Ryan: Does beer count?? That’s not weird but it is kinda awesome.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Cass: THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! It’s a plateaued saying on the grassroots circuit but still so true – that we really wouldn’t be doing this without you guys. On top of our own desire to succeed and write the best songs we can, put on the best live show possible, it is the fans that get us from A to B, show to show, they are the ones that turn up in front of a stage to sing along with us, without them, we are a Social Worker, a Brickie, a Bar Man, a Strip Joint Manager and a Delivery driver.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Cass: Freddie Mercury. The boss man.
Marc: Paul Gray.
Ryan: Chester Bennington, probably my favourite singer off all time.
Joe: Randy Rhoads, I think his musical knowledge and ability was stripped from this world far too soon. By far the best musician there has ever been in my eyes.
Josh: This is a tough but great question, for me I’m stuck between Layne Staley, Chris Cornell or Chester Bennington.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Cass: Escapism, writing, creating stuff, exploring new directions and trying new things. I hate travelling. Love being at home.
Joe: I like writing songs and coming up with new ideas, but I hate travelling. 😂
Ryan: I love the travelling and performing in a band, writing songs, recording all of it. One thing I dislike about it all is loading the van, I can never be bothered after a show.
Marc: Performing, and just about everything else, even being in a van with this lot for days at a time is not THAT bad.
Josh: Playing a great show In front of a great audience is the best feeling in the world, no doubt, writing and recording is fun, but the live show is heaven to me. The worst bit for me is the travelling, I love playing shows far away from where I’m from, but the getting there sucks!
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
EVERYONE: The devaluation of music and creators. We don’t have the space to get into that one today.
Marc: Bit of a cliché, but have it more based on talent and writing good songs instead of saying the right things and getting in the right circles.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Cass: “The Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance.
Joe: My all-time favourite album is “Powerslave” by Iron Maiden
Ryan: My favourite album, has to be Black Stone Cherry’s self-titled album.
Marc: “Metal Resistance” by Babymetal.
Josh: “Superuknown” by Soundgarden or “Elephant” by The White Stripes, I can’t make decisions like that!
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Cass: I think there’s something aesthetically pleasing about vinyl – and any physical format to be honest. I also think there’s a much greater investment in music when there’s a physical format involved. Downloads and streaming are great for discovering new artists, for sure…but I believe that it has devalued the emotional and monetary worth music, and has left audiences much harder to engage. Never has the first 5 seconds of a song been more important than they are now, and I’m not sure that’s going to change. But I think ‘convenience culture’ spans far beyond the music industry…
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Cass: Bloodstock was an insane day. I was really unhappy with my performance that day, but there was nothing the atmosphere and reaction wasn’t going to solve.
Joe: Outside of Bloodstock I love playing at Newcastle O2 Academy, especially that main stage because it’s our hometown.
Ryan: Best gig I have ever played is Bloodstock Festival last year, huge crowd, amazing crowd, and a huge stage.
Marc: Yeah, Bloodstock was very fun.
Josh: We played Bloodstock and that was pretty awesome, and I always like playing a venue called The Vaults in Newton Stewart, Scotland, they always have a great crowd.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Cass: I would be, and still am – a social worker by day. Living the dream, paying the bills!
Joe: Laying bricks, stone and blocks. I’m a bricklayer/stonemason by day. I love doing it, I think construction will always be in my life.
Ryan: I probably wouldn’t be anything else as I kind of suck at everything apart from music.
Marc: Getting enough sleep and making money.
Josh: Before I played music, I was really into Track and field athletics, I was great at Discus and 100m…
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Cass: Joe, Ryan, Marc, Josh and Dave, of course!
What’s next for the band?
Cass: We’re busy trying to use lockdown to work on new music as much as possible, but in the current climate – who knows! We hope we can get out and actually play our album live, we had dates cancelled like everyone else. Hard to believe we moved the original release date from December 12th 2019 (Because it was General Election Results day) to March 13th, slap bang in the middle of the 1st major pandemic since the Spanish flu. Add that on top of that an agent in Germany (who has now disappeared) going “Bankrupt” in 2018 when we should have been going out on a European tour with Diamond Head (Not DH’s fault by the way, they were amazing though all of that) and you would think we have ZERO luck, but, we are strong, we have fought for everything we have, our fans are incredible and have helped us though everything in some amazing ways. Hard to believe we have only been at this for 3 years really…..We have the support of an amazing label in Eclipse Records, our families help, they have travelled all over the country to man the merch desk for us, so we will keep fighting, keep writing and recording and when we do get back out on a stage near you, MAKE SURE you all come say hello.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Cass: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube…we have our own website www.tomorrowislost.com where you can find our merch store and blogs, and we’ve also got our music up on all the major streaming and download platforms.
Josh: Literally everywhere…Some people say that if you pick up one of those seashells and put it to your ear, you can hear Our second single ‘Hideaway’…just sayin’!
Ryan: We even have our own artist pages now where we are posting up some videos of play throughs of our songs along with some covers and other things.
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Josh: HA AH HA how to start a fight in an empty room man…FOR SURE it’s a biscuit purely because if it was a friends birthday, you wouldn’t stick a candle in it and give it to them, or would you?
Cass: Definitely cake. If you don’t dunk it in tea – it’s not a biscuit, and if you dunk a Jaffa cake in tea, you’re just wrong. I’m sorry.
Joe: Somewhere in between😂
Marc: It’s a Cake!!!!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Cass: Yeah – have you heard the album, and what’s your favourite track? Can we please give a shout out to all those that support us as a band?? SPAUN DRUMS, MOTORHEAD BEER, SCYMTEK CYMBALS, CLOVEN HOOF RUM, ECLIPSE RECORDS, CODE DRUMHEADS, LONDON DRUMSTICK COMPANY, VOCALZONE, INK CLAN NATION, MOONSTONE COSMETICS and BROTHERTON’S MUSIC. Thank you all so much for believing in us and for your continuing support!!! WE WILL see you all on the road as soon as possible.
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