Lost Forty Fives

Lost Forty Fives

BandRockAdult Contemporary

With a nod to the past and a wink at the future, Lost Forty Fives spin a timeless blend of folk-rock, orchestrated pop, garage and psycho-punk. What could be better?

Biography

If there is one recurring theme on that roller coaster ride known as Lost Forty Fives Band, it is forward progress. From their tentative cover song beginning to their present day original music focus, a small but fiercely loyal cadre of L45 supporters repeat, “…every time we hear you guys play, it just gets better and better.” As is the case most of the time, the people know what they are talking about.

With Credence and the Ramones as common ground, a group of then-second grade fathers came together in a New Haven, Connecticut basement in the summer of 2000 with little in the way of expectations.

It would have been easier to simply remain hidden in that escape-from-the-kids basement, but that was not to be the case as parties and paying gigs soon became a surprising reality. In that first year, cover tunes ranging from the Monkees to Dylan to Blue Oyster Cult appeared to be the focus. But…there was that one original tune…a ringing, trippy, falsetto nugget honed directly from the 60’s FM radio dial…and it always got a great crowd reaction. Truth be told, there existed right from the beginning an unarticulated tension within the band as to the merits of original music versus covers. As the band entered its second year, a few more originals mysteriously crept into the sets, almost as if a challenge were being issued to both the band and its audience. The debate climaxed in May of 2002 when the band packed the gym where its children attend school, and little did that enthusiastic audience realize that the band they were wildly cheering for was about to shed its skin. In this case, that meant covering up the covers and emphasizing the original music.

For a while there at the end of 2002, no one really knew what Lost Forty Fives Band were up to. Had they disappeared? Maybe they had peaked. The reality was that a quintet became a quartet, the guitar players wrote songs and the practices became more intense as the remaining band members all realized that now was the time to make their respective contributions to the original music that was emerging. With a menu ranging from folk rock, orchestrated pop, psycho/punk, and what no one wants to admit might be country, there was much that needed to be refined. So it was back to the basement to hone and nurture that original music muse, and this time there was only one obvious way to reemerge from that basement. It was time to make a record.

Having no idea what they were about to embark upon, Lost Forty Fives Band entered the venerable Trod Nossel recording studio in February of 2003. At that time, there was probably varying opinion within the band as to whether they were making a demo to secure gigs or whether they were actually making a record. But after that first session when the band laid down six tracks live to tape and on playback heard themselves as they had never heard before, the allure of the studio bit them hard and there would be no looking back until a record they could all be proud of emerged.

Battling stressful day jobs and family commitments, engineer departures, lost mixes and the general peace and tranquility that emerges when four competitive males engage in a creative process, the band persevered with tracking taking place from February through November of 2003, with mixing finishing up in March 2004. What emerged were twelve songs written, performed, produced and mixed by the band. A daunting task, to say the least, since no one in the band had ever done a studio record before.

In May of 2004, Faith and Glory was released on an unsuspecting public who immediately realized that the band had taken a quantum leap forward. The record’s twelve tracks seemed to strike just the right balance between the raw energy of the band’s live performance and an unabashed affinity for the polish of the studio. Packing an ultra-hip New Haven, CT nightspot for its CD release party, the band relished getting back in front of a live audience for the first time in a year. Faith and Glory was naturally showcased, and in what can only be viewed as delicious full circle irony, some of those cover tunes also came back out of the closet. Thrills and highlights continue to abound for the band as they were selected to compete in Little Steven’s Underground Garage competition, and they were also selected to open for South Side Johnny and Johnny Winter in July and November of this year at Toad’s Place, one of the premier rock clubs in the Northeast. Time will tell what’s in store next for Lost Forty Fives Band, but there probably won’t be much time spent looking in the rear view mirror.

Lyrics

Falling Behind

Written By: Bob Cox

Can you still hear me when I call your name?
Do you just stare and drift away
I know your secrets and those things you will not say
When will you give them all away?

I’m lookin` for a station with the Beach Boys playin` surfs up harmonies
I try to make it brighter but I don’t know what you see

So many soldiers in their own world war
No need to speak just close the door
How could you watch those things you really saw?
When all you had to give was more

I’m lookin` for a station with the Beach Boys playin` surfs up harmonies
I try to make it brighter but I don’t know what you see

Just one last time, say you’ll be mine
How could we fall so far behind...

So now I know those things you could not say
It’s lose yourself or break away
A price to pay no matter how you play
Some times the good ones slip away

On The Inside

Written By: Bob Cox

I got a lot on my mind this time
Some things can never just sit and hide
Are you the one who was by my side?
Where did you go when we rode that ride?

Let’s take it right from the top this time
So many things I’ve been waiting to find
Just step aside if you move too slow
Use what you got just make sure it grows

This time we’ll move really slow
Most days you don’t really know
Just what you get when you go….
On the inside (look out!)

Most things are never just as they look
That’s when you pick up another book
Maybe the one that goes back in time
Straight to the place where you know what you’ll find

Back to those days when our feet touched the ground
And all that stares are familiar Pet Sounds.
I know you’ll keep all that you got
Is there a place, where that’s ever enough?

This time we’ll move really slow
Most days you don’t really know
Just what you get when you go….
On the inside (come on!)

Repeat 1st verse and chorus

I got a lot on my mind this time!
I got a lot on my mind this time!
I got a lot on my mind this time!

Stay Here Tonight

Written By: Tom Tambis

Table now is set
Here and there, don’t forget
Bright lights flash about
Life is full you’re without

Stay here tonight
Time is on our side

Through the door you dressed
ID Corp, out of site
No one’ near your best
I’ve been north, south, east and right

Stay here tonight
Time is on your side
Stay with me here tonight
I’ll be by your side

Stay here tonight
Time is on our side
Stay with me here tonight
Turn down the lights

Turn the page fates collide
The arrows mark, just can’t hide
There’s bright lights flash about
Life is full you’re not without

Stay here tonight
Time is on our side
Stay with me here tonight
I’ll be by your side

by your side
by your side
by your side
by your side

Discography

Faith and Glory, LP, 2004

Set List

In Due Time
Don’t Let It Slip By
Opus #9
Last Call
You’ll Never Be The Same
Falling Behind
All That You Want
We’re On Our Way
Stay Here Tonight
One True Love
Day Without You
Pigs
I’m Ready
Over That Rainbow
Red Planet