Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

We've Found Ourselves; North East Foursome Lost Legions Tell RUTH LAWSON How They Have Adopted a DIY Attitude

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

We've Found Ourselves; North East Foursome Lost Legions Tell RUTH LAWSON How They Have Adopted a DIY Attitude

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Byline: RUTH LAWSON

AFTER some ups and downs with their lineup, Lost Legions have emerged with a distinctive sound and a determined attitude. The South Tyneside quartet - made up of Peter Franklin (vocals/guitar), Callum McHaf-fie (vocals/lead guitar), Chris Gibson (bass/ guitar) and Karl Peel (drums) - have dabbled in the realms of punk and acoustic but have now happily settled on "the indie path".

Chris says: "Having played in bands since I was 14 I've learnt a lot of different things about the industry and the local scene. Pre-Lost Legions I played guitar in several different bands and studied music at Newcastle College."

Peter adds: "I'm from an acoustic background and my former band was just that, an acoustic trio. My influences away from the acoustic band were The Small Faces and Ocean Colour Scene, which led me to form Lost Legions as a full band.

"We had no idea what sound we wanted.

During the three line-up changes we've had, our sound has changed immeasurably.

The different characters and personalities we have in the band also helps define the sound which is now firmly set on an indie path, but we still play a few of our older punk and rocky numbers live.

"Now that we are settled on one genre we feel our songs are becoming much more complete, much more of where we want to be musically."

With a string of local dates on the horizon before the band take some time out to record, the lads are keen to build on the already positive feedback they have received to date.

"We're getting some brilliant feedback, especially recently. We're playing some great gigs with different varieties of bands and going down really well," explains Chris.

Peter adds: "Wherever we play we always give it 100% and I think audiences small or large appreciate that. The feedback from people who come and watch is always positive and that is something we thrive on.

"Our biggest gig to date was playing the 02 Academy 2 for Jar Music's 'Ones to watch' and it was packed, the noise was incredible and the feedback was truly humbling."

But Lost Legions, like many other bands in the region, face some tough challenges in today's competitive music market, where acts need money and an abundance of support to get themselves heard. …

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