Our Lost Infantry are a wicked quartet from Aldershot. Releasing their record The New Art History last November, we wanted to catch up with the band to see what’s new. Have a read as AMBY spoke with Our Lost Infantry about going 1000 years into the future, the word borborygmos, and guilty pleasure songs!
AMBY: Hello Our Lost Infantry, what have you been up to?
Our Lost Infantry: Right now we’re taking a break from rehearsing to eat sainsburys meal deal sandwiches and listen to the Manchester Orchestra cover of ‘Don’t Speak’.
AMBY: How would you describe Our Lost Infantry’s sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
Our Lost Infantry: I guess it’s indie rock (if that really means anything any more – what do you call a genre that’s so wide as to be a little meaningless?) but with a good helping of influences from post rock and math rock. We’ve been influenced by artists as distant from each other as Reuben, The Appleseed Cast and Steve Reich, so our music tends to hop from place to place.
AMBY: Which songs are your favourite off The New Art History?
Our Lost Infantry: Lyrically, To Meet your maker – Teleology isn’t my favourite ever word (that’s syzygy, solipsistic or maybe borborygmos) but it’s definitely in the top five. Musically, probably All The Streetlights Of My Hometown – if only for the 13/4 riff 2/3 of the way through. To play live, definitely The Hollow – there’s something monolithic about that single riff building over time that just feels incredible to play.
AMBY: What’s the story behind your track Kenning?
Our Lost Infantry: I’d been doing a load of (slightly pretentious) reading which inspired this lyric about the impossibility of escaping your past, via Robert Graves’ The White Goddess and the myth of the death of Baldr
AMBY: Who or what inspired the music video for the song?
Our Lost Infantry: The video could be taken to mean a number of things – the marks creeping up the guy’s arm could represent addiction, your past or anything that someone might try to leave behind them. Our previous video for All The Streetlights of my Hometown picks up where this one leaves off – with the protagonist alone once again in Norwegian mountains. Jonas Grimeland, who directed both of the videos, films them all on location near where he grew up.
AMBY: What is your guilty pleasure song?
Our Lost Infantry: Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer. The bass is the best thing ever to happen to music.
AMBY: If you had to describe each member in one word, which would they be?
Our Lost Infantry: Thom – convoluted, Joe – Lincoln, Matt – mustard (dijon?), Mike – photoshop
AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?
Our Lost Infantry: Breaking Bad Season 6, natch, and the prospect of touring (hopefully with a trip to mainland Europe) at the end of the year. We’re finally playing the Great Escape in a couple of weeks, which is pretty rad too.
AMBY: Where would you go in a time machine?
Our Lost Infantry: Straight up, I’d probably pull a Futurama and go 1000 years into the future. Maybe take a blue ray with me to sell as a priceless relic.
AMBY: What is the best song of the year so far?
Our Lost Infantry: Wow, this is tough either:
Everything Everything – Duet, TTNG – I’ll Take The Minute Snake or, Manchester Orchestra and Frightened Rabbit – Architect
AMBY: And last but never least, what’s something about Our Lost Infantry that nobody knows?
Our Lost Infantry: This one time, after a show in Staines (Rock Capital of Royal Berkshire) we had good times spinning a Seat Alhambra through 540 degrees on the A325. I’ve been extra careful to wear a seatbelt ever since…
Thank you Our Lost Infantry, for giving us your answers!