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ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Black Wave —the title a half-joking nod to new wave and black metal—became a double album simply because Lindsey and Trout were writing songs at too furious a rate to contain. The record feels like a round challenge to see who could push the group to even more ferocious extremes while adhering to pop-song orthodoxy.
Someone was telling me all these theories about the symbolism in the dollar—that kind of stuff. Rich: I respected Alicja so much. I thought she could do no wrong. I felt so fortunate and lucky to play with her. I still think she has it all. I just wanted to be a part of it.
Whatever she threw at me I was going to work with. Alicja: Absolutely. You have to have a sense of humor about it. Jay and I internalized events around us and took them very personally.
Not long afterwards, Jay called me up and said he was doing a side project with Alicja called Lost Sounds.
Prior to Lost Sounds, I spoke with Jay a lot. I told him to let me be the judge of that and to send me the new tracks they were working on.
All told, Empty put out more records by Jay than any other label. Meghan: Jay loved to talk. Bring us something we can play on CD. He had a ton of energy and wrote a lot of songs. He threw a lot of them away. He had that talent. Jay was an easy person to hang out with when he was in a good mood.
I talked with him more than any other person in my adult life. Ryan: Black Wave is a double LP. We only were concerned with whether the record was good. I love vinyl but Black Wave works well as a CD.
It was a song that would have typically ended up as a home recording, never to be released. Again, Jay and Rich were willing to try different things. We were usually feeling so anxiety-ridden. It was hard to play mellow. At that point, Jay and Alicja were not living together anymore. Jay was staying with some of the guys in The Oscars.
It was a punk rock collective. We recorded all of the music on Black Wave on the second floor of that building. Alicja: We would write songs individually. I would try to get my ideas across to the other members of the band. Sometimes Jay and Rich would add their own touch and do something different.
The cover art for Black Wave shows us getting attacked by some atomic rays in the city. But we were also using humor. We thought it was funny. Ryan: The cover of Black Wave has a really endearing photo of Jay on it. Jay was a giggly guy. He would shoot bottle rockets out of his ass at parties to make people laugh. I remember Blake Wright, head of Empty was gone that day.
The fight that ensued between Jay and Alicja was pretty ridiculous. They fought over every aspect of it. I would try to walk away from the two of them.
Jay would pull me back into the argument. Alicja: I think people got excited about Lost Sounds little by little. There was a steady growth. By the time we got on In The Red, anyone with their ear to the ground knew who we were. Girls were interested in the band, possibly because there was a girl in Lost Sounds.
People into keyboards liked Lost Sounds. Rousseau: I was so excited when I got to play bass on their first West Coast tour. I had the van. I think Jay and Alicja rode to Phoenix on a bus. It took them like five days. It was right when Black Wave came out. I thought Black Wave was amazing. Alicja: Jay was a catalyst. He was terribly high strung.
Jay had an abnormal level of anxiety. It was unhealthy. I came from a family that had an unhealthy level of anxiety, so dealing with it was normal for me. You get accustomed to playing shows as an endorphin rush. You only get that way by screaming and letting yourself go. It might be part of getting older. Jay had no tolerance for people messing up. As a group, we functioned well because we all wanted to get the job done.
You could feel it ten feet away. Nobody wanted to make him angry. The list of complaints, threats, and demands just mounted over the years. It worked. Alicja is a lot more calm and levelheaded.
We might have had a place lined up to stay that night. But, at the same time, we wanted to put on a great show. We were so well rehearsed. We practiced twice a week for three hours at a time.
We had our show down. Something was going to get thrown at you or, at the very least, you were going to get yelled at. It was tough. Alicja and I wanted to keep everything streamlined and harmonious. Jay felt that way, too. If he fucked up, Alicja would give it right back to him. Then Jay would dish it right back. They were in a relationship together so they had the right to do that.
There was a lot going on in Lost Sounds. An argument might have surfaced in the van ten minutes before we got into town or ten minutes before we got on stage. I always felt rewarded when nights went well. There was a heavy and dark dynamic to Lost Sounds. Meghan: I booked a Lost Sounds show with a band that shall remain nameless. Jay had a meltdown.
You go deal with Jay. I deal with this Monday through Friday. Ryan: Were the other guys like Patrick Jordan who came into the band able to handle the tension? You are commenting using your Facebook account.
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Three Barrels! I thought I bought a CD. What's this download bullshit? God, I hate the fucking new world.
What a rip-off! Explore music. Black Wave by Lost Sounds. Mark Plasma. Bhanuj Kappal. Aaron Cyr. Noah Smith. Michael Curnel. Drew Manahan. Shannon Lala.An album full of life and electricity, Black Wave pushes the alternative rock/emo envelop with charging keyboard synths and screaming lyrical expression, squeezing every ounce of energy out of the lead singer as possible.