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THE LOST BROTHERS

There is something special about two musicians in unison. Solo artists bear the brunt of pretty much everything – be it success or failure, joy or misery, it is all on their shoulders. Groups, meanwhile, are mostly perceived as ideal examples of democracy, when the reality is that they are governed by a benign dictator (if lucky) or a cruel despot (if not). Duos, on the other hand, are clearly in tune (and harmony) with themselves and each other.

As if proof were needed, take Oisin Leech and Mark McCausland as the perfect example. Having had previous lives in major label rock acts (respectively, The 747s and The Basement), the two Irish songwriters and musicians first met in 2007 after their bands had slowly slipped off the radar.

“We both found ourselves at house parties in Liverpool,” recalls Oisin, “and discovered that we had the same musical tastes. We started writing songs together for fun – no strategies, no game plan.”

THE LOST BROTHERS @ BARE 18"

The musicians’ instinctive gravitational pull presented them with the ‘Lost Brothers’ tag, but the name quickly stuck. Indeed, as the songs began to develop, the name started to make even more sense: the music was knocking on doors looking for a home, while the delivery of the songs was hushed to the point where you had to listen very carefully for the beauty of (and melancholy in) them. 

The past ten years of The Lost Brothers (which began, says Mark McCausland, with “writing songs by accident and demoing them for fun”) has disappeared in the blink of an eyelid. Their 2008 debut album, Trails Of The Lonely, was produced in Portland, Oregon, by Mike Coykendall. An experienced sound engineer and musician (collaborations include M Ward, She & Him, Richmond Fontaine, Beth Orton, Bright Eyes), Coykendall set The Lost Brothers on their singular path.

“He taught us a lot,” reveals Oisin. “The most important thing was to come at production in a weirder way. He worked in a haunted attic, and he would use anything from broken microphones to toys to get the best sound to fit the music.”

**** MOJO

“With emotionally wrenching and confessional songwriting they have the remarkable ability of making a large room feel very intimate indeed. With a masterful blend of careful songwriting and tuneful harmonies the Lost Brothers make a lasting impact.”
The Huffington Post (live review)

“Spellbinding.” NME 8/10

“Hushed and aching…” Mojo

“What I love about The Lost Brothers is how their songs often seem quite placid on the surface. Then one realizes just how depth-charged they truly are.” Paul Muldoon

“Halfway Towards A Healing is a hypnotic stunning masterpiece… babies shall be made to this music across the darkened planet… holy fuck this is good.” Howe Gelb 2017

“The Lost Brothers are easily one of the best bands of the last ten years. There is a darkness in their music without having to play brutally. If we must have our asses handed to us by a better band, I want that band to be the Lost Brothers.” Dan Sartain (Third Man Records)

“Lost Brothers are the go to band for an injection of quality. As smooth as aged old whiskey.”  **** The Irish Times

**** MOJO

“With emotionally wrenching and confessional songwriting they have the remarkable ability of making a large room feel very intimate indeed. With a masterful blend of careful songwriting and tuneful harmonies the Lost Brothers make a lasting impact.”
The Huffington Post (live review)

“Spellbinding.” NME 8/10

“Hushed and aching…” Mojo

“What I love about The Lost Brothers is how their songs often seem quite placid on the surface. Then one realizes just how depth-charged they truly are.” Paul Muldoon

“Halfway Towards A Healing is a hypnotic stunning masterpiece… babies shall be made to this music across the darkened planet… holy fuck this is good.” Howe Gelb 2017

“The Lost Brothers are easily one of the best bands of the last ten years. There is a darkness in their music without having to play brutally. If we must have our asses handed to us by a better band, I want that band to be the Lost Brothers.” Dan Sartain (Third Man Records)

“Lost Brothers are the go to band for an injection of quality. As smooth as aged old whiskey.”  **** The Irish Times

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