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For those of you like me who enjoy the credits, here they are.
Written & produced by Steven Battelle
Recorded both remotely by Steven in London and physically in Nottingham by Rich Collins and Rob Newman
Mixed by Adam Noble in Glasgow
Mastered by Dick Beetham in Hastings
Cover photography Jodi Cunningham
Layout /design Ian Johnsen
Dear friends it feels hardly a moment ago and yet another lived life away that I wrote this record.
Hindsight is a wonderful device that shapes to the extremes the surroundings and of moments in the memory, it plays its tricks on me here writing this today.
For now I believe the writing and making of this record to be the most enjoyable and truly happy period in the bands existence, though I’m sure the me of then was just as intensely stressed about every aspect of everything ALL THE TIME as I’ve always been.
With our first album Say No To The World being the exciting adrenalised struggle to lift ourselves out of the rehearsal room into the world, our third record made in circumstances that can only be described as arduous & torturous involving me at one point being the only person in the studio, with everyone else including the producer dealing with issues that took them away (though I believe those circumstances made Shapes of Screams the defining LostAlone record) I’m A UFO In This City was the only time that for me personally I was able to relax in to what had been a dream since I was 11, actually packing up and going somewhere for a period of time with nothing but making an album on the agenda.
And so after singing a record deal with Warner Brothers in Los Angeles (years later and I mean last year I found out this really annoyed the UK Warner team who did NOTHING to help, to which I now say go **** yourself) we set out for Hollywood Los Angeles where we spent a few days in rehearsals watched over by our producer the ridiculously talented Greg Wells ( for 8 of the songs 3 songs were done with the amazing JKL around the corner at NRG studios) before moving into his studio to make the record.
The record you hear is the accumulation of mostly songs that I wrote in a whirlwind of creativity directly in the month before making the record. Encouraged by the incredible A&R and later friend, the sadly missed Craig Aaronson along with my friend and exec producer for this record Gerard Way I would write a song a day and send over to the guys in LA and wait for the feedback. I remember writing Love Will Eat You Alive and Creatures a day apart from each other and when Craig heard them he upped the budget for the record, that was a great moment!
Only Vesuvius & Do You Get What You Pray For? were written earlier and were part of what I call the “Lost LostAlone second record” It’d taken so long between out first and second albums due to business stuff that I had at least one other second album that I was bored of by the time we made this. Those two songs survived though along with Put Pain To Paper which had been around since the end of the making of the first record and had been recorded six times before it made this record.
Orchestra Of Breathing was written in the Hollywood Hills, UFOria (The Dark) was written in Berlin and finished on the plane to America to make the record. Obey The Rules You Lose was written in my old apartment in Derby these geographical juxtapositions feel integral to the record.
Rehearsals in Derby were brilliant at this time. Alan and Mark’s commitment to being the tightest rhythm section on the planet knew no bounds. So while I would be at home or walking writing they would be in our room going over and over the new songs and waiting for me to turn up with a new one.
I’m proud of all the records and they all hold special places in my heart and mind, the making of UFO really does symbolise happiness for me and for that reason I’m looking forward to this evening where at at 8pm (GMT) I’ll be doing a live listen along over on the LostAlone Facebook page here and you can get some final copies of the third pressing of the vinyl here use the code UFO10 at checkout for 20% off the listed price.
Five years to the day since its recording please enjoy the first LostAlone live record – Weightless Feelings Weigh Down
I wouldn’t call it a mountain we had to climb to get this record out but more of an un-burial followed by a climb from the deepest and darkest oceanic crevices.
The record is 21 songs long and enjoys no autotune or replacement of any of the sounds, it is presented exactly as it was on the night with all the emotions doing what they do to the vocals and the diminishing ability to hold one’s self together. Talking of this we made the choice to remove two of our favourite songs from the album due to me (Steven) pretty much being in tears for most of Requiem and then the after effects of this on stage meltdown being very apparent in the disgraceful playing on Predators In a Maze. If we ever decide (if a demand exists?) to do a physical release then maybe we can include these as bonus “AWFUL VERSIONS”
We actually mixed the album about a month after the show back in early 2015 but in all honestly we were too broken and damaged by everything and they didn’t feel right. So a month or so ago I took myself off to Northern Ireland where Peter Breen our amazing Front Of House (sound guy) lives and we rented an Air B&B in a place in the most southern part of Northern Ireland called The Mournes (very Lord Of The Rings / Game of Thrones take a look on google maps) and mixed the record like a live show. As I mentioned before we’ve done nothing to improve the recordings other than to slightly edit some of my between and sometimes MID SONG talking which honestly for the streaming world would just not work – one song had 15 minutes right in the middle of me talking about how I felt guilty toward Fender for always using Gibson guitars! So yeah we cut down some of the stuff.
Listening back to the recordings was really hard at first, I tried a few times over the years…. then when it came down to it and I really had to do the mix I was filled with pride and excitement as every song kicked in. Thats the lasting memory of mixing these songs – the excitement that the three of us as LostAlone created together wether it was in front of 500 people, 18,000 people of just in our rehearsal room back in Derby – something uniquely special happens when LostAlone play and I really do miss that.
I’d like to dedicate this to everyone around the world who has supported our band in a more passionate way than most bands are lucky enough to experience. The songs and the memories that wrap themselves around the moments in all our lives are little time capsules that take us right back those magical places, what else can provoke such immediate connection? Only music and thats why we love it.
So enjoy this live album and have a great Christmas, enjoy the New Year and who knows what musical occurrences 2020 might bring……..
19th December 2019
Steven Battelle – Vocals/Guitars
Mark Gibson – Drums / Vocals
Alan Williamson – Bass / Vocals
Written By Steven Battelle
Produced by Peter Breen & Steven Battelle
Artwork Andrew Foster
FOH – Peter Breen
Guitar tech Jimi Woolley
Tech James O’Neill
Promoter Derby -Brett James
Promoter London – Alan Day
Agent Beckie Sugden
Management Ian Johnsen
Support Derby – Michael Mormecha,
Support London – Dave McPherson
DJ on the night – Matt Stocks