Lost Telegrams will forever have a place in our hearts, having opened up our first ever gig in September last year.
So it’s with a heavy heart that we have to report their imminent demise. After just a handful of gigs and two excellent EPs, they’re calling it a day before immigration authorities break down the door of drummer Tristan Cruz to cart him back to Canada.
Japanese violinist Yuuka Yamada is also heading off to pastures new, so guitarist Alastair Bowden, singer Ciaran McGuigan and multi-instrumentalist Andy Philip have decided not to continue.
Boo, bloody. hiss. Their charming, folk-infused tunes, while lovely on record, had considerably more muscle when played live and Ciaran’s impressively soulful voice got a few tongues wagging as much of the Wee Red Bar’s crowd spilled into Brauhaus after curfew on the evening of our aforementioned promotional debut.
We’ll also remember how they gave that night’s soundman palpitations when, after already voicing his concerns over miking up their violin, Andy presented him with an accordion and mandolin. Their beautifully presented first EP also sold out on the night and we were lucky enough to walk away with one.
We had high hopes. Those hopes have been dashed, but we hope to see the band’s talented component parts resurface in another form or forms soon. But for now we’ll simply have to look forward to their last show on the 23rd, back at the Wee Red Bar.
After badgering Alastair for an interview for months, we finally grabbed a chat, just as the band was about to sound its death rattle.
So who the hell are you?
We are Lost Telegrams – and this interview comes just as we are poised on the cusp of destruction.
Describe your sound in ten words or less!
Basically we’re a folky, noisy (dis)array of sounds, with epic drumming, pretty guitars, soaring violins and throbbing bass, led from the front by our singer’s remarkable lungs (and dubious banter).
For fuck’s sake. Can’t you count? Anyway, you’re an international bunch – how did the band come together?
You’re quite right, two of us are from the exotic climes of Aberdeen, and our singer was raised from as far away as Milngavie. The origins of our other members is much less exciting though – Japan and Canada.
Where did the name Lost Telegrams come from?
Our bassist and chief-luddite, Andy, is somewhat resistant to modern telecommunications, preferring to make his views known via telegrams – the name, unsurprisingly, was his idea.
What have your musical achievements been then?
Well, you can listen to, or even buy our new, and final EP on Bandcamp. Alternatively, if you are coming to our swan song gig, we will throw in a free download with your ticket for a smidgen over four quid.
Why, oh, why are you splitting up???
Long before the inevitable artistic differences and conflicting personalities had a chance to wear us down, we have been torn asunder by a combination of unfriendly immigration policies and a barren job market.
What have you got lined up for your farewell show?
We’re going back to where it all started at the Wee Red Bar on Friday March 23. If you missed the Beatles in the Cavern Club and Dylan going electric then you can at last make up for it, by witnessing Lost Telegram’s final performance. Ever. Sterling support coming from the excellent Morris Major and another as yet unconfirmed band. Be there.
As suggested above, Lost Telegrams say farewell at the Wee Red Bar on March 23. Get tickets here. Sniff.