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The Auditory Insanity of The Lost Millions

The Auditory Insanity of The Lost Millions

The Auditory Insanity of The Lost Millions

Out of ashes of modern technology and into the realm of the AI revolution is where you will find The Lost Millions, presenting their own brand of raging rock and roll to the world at large.  Based out of the great big state of Texas, The Lost Millions has recently unveiled their Pile Of Robots manifesto, and it’s sure to enlighten all types of music fanatics.  Highwire Daze recently issued an inquiry via the world wide web to find out a whole lot more about the auditory insanity of The Lost Millions.  Read on…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in The Lost Millions, and how long the band has been together.
Heath here, the bassist from The Lost Millions. We have been together since 2016. We put out our first effort 101 in 2017 so it’s been about 6 years all told.

Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there?
We are based in Austin, Texas which has a pretty healthy music scene for certain types of acts. A ton of the local rock clubs were lost to the pandemic but it’s beginning to rebound. The blues and country staples of the town remained for the most part intact. But alas we’re a rock band so our scene is a bit limited here.

Is there any overall story or concept behind the album title Pile Of Robots?
Yeah, a little although it’s not really a concept album more of just an societal observation on AI and the way technology gets outdated as fast as it comes in. A commentary on the pile of “robots” shoved aside in one’s garage. Once (6 months ago) a great technological advance is reduced to a discarded pile of rubble. I’m all for ushering in Artificial Intelligence as it appears Actual Intelligence has left the building.

Select two songs from Pile Of Robots and what inspired the lyrics.
Kush & Wake Up.

The verses for Kush Matt wrote about a relationship I was in at the time. “Third-degree burns on my back you know I should be the talk of the town” He thought this girl wasn’t treating me well and I’m no longer with her so I guess he was right. I think sometimes your friends see things that you may be blind to.

Wake Up is a response to someone thinking the world revolves around them and it’s time to wake up and realize it ain’t all about you…

Who did the cover art for Pile Of Robots and how much influence did you have on it?
The cover art came from one of my best friends. We attended art school together, Pete Hayes (YemYam) formerly of Epic games Gears of War & Fortnight. We were talking about the record and I told him the title and he had been getting into AI art recently so he did the cover art and made some other killer pieces for us to use as show promos. My influence was just telling the Title to one really creative dude.

What could one expect from a live The Lost Millions show?
We have worked really hard to perfect the execution of our current set and we are just now starting to take some liberties with the live show. When appropriate we have a visual experience with video that plays during the set. We have a few tricks we do to mix up the live experience that changes with each performance, but overall, it’s a pounding of a show.

If The Lost Millions could open for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
That’s a question that would be different for each member of the band I think. I doubt we could find consensus on that one since we all have very different musical backgrounds, but I can take a wild swing at it for me and the boys. Mine would be the Butthole Surfers. They are by far my favorite live performances. I have seen them many times and always blown away. We did get to open up for Jeff Pinkus’s band Pure Luck once and I loved that opportunity. For Matt, I think he would opt for Echo and the Bunnymen or The Jesus and Mary Chain. We covered them on a single out now Snakedriver it’s an awesome song and I think we did it justice you can check that out. I would guess Scott would be somewhere between The Rolling Stones and White Zombie; he’s a weird dude.

If the music of The Lost Millions was a donut, what kind would it be and why?
Voodoo donut just fuckin look at it. It’s all mixed up like we are.

Are you involved with any other bands or projects outside of The Lost Millions?
Funny you should ask. We (Matt and myself ) play with an electronic act called MTTE BLCK “Matte Black” founded by our buddy Sean Rutter a former DJ and psychonaut. The three of us are also currently pushing around some songs for a country record which may come out as The Lost Millions or under another moniker.  We’re not sure yet but it will be Matt, Scott and myself on that one.

What’s up next for The Lost Millions?
We are pushing this album and our live set.  We’re looking to book some festival sets or multi-band shows for the summer. Then we are headed back in the studio after summer to begin working on our next effort. Matt (a former recording engineer himself) and our engineer and producer Charles Godrey (Scary American) are opening a banging recording studio in Austin this summer so that will be our new home to make records soon.

Any final words of wisdom?
Yeah, Let’s just submit to AI at this point.  It looks like we have all but given up anyway.  Let’s see what the real digital revolution feels like….. All the while we will still be playing analog rock and roll as the soundtrack to this insanity…

(Interview by Ken Morton)

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