Photo by: Chris Spiegel
With grueling touring schedules, poor sleeping conditions and nowhere near ideal pay, as some of you may know, the DIY punk rock lifestyle isn’t for everyone. Unfortunately, countless bands over the years have given up after one to many 3:00am truckstop hotdogs, air mattress sleepovers and numerous promoter IOUs.
Not New Jersey punks Lost In Society, however. Still going strong five-plus years into their career, the Asbury Park three-piece are currently hitting their stride with the release of their 2018 EP Eager Heart.
Currently supporting their impressive five-track effort, the New Jersey trio is teaming up with The Noise to premiere the brand new semi-live music video for their bouncy single “Creature.”
Shot in sunny Southern California, the band’s new video follows their mini five date trip out west as they prepared to play Wiretap Records annual anniversary show in Fullerton.
To check out the music video plus a Q&A with singer/vocalist Zach Moyle detailing the new track and his personal “punk rock preachers” (you’ll totally get in once you hear the song), be sure to look below. Afterward, to pick up a copy of Eager Heart, head here.
Walk us through “Creature.” What does the song mean to you?
Zach Moyle: The song to me is just kind of a tongue-in-cheek look back on all the dumb things we did when we were young (and still continue to do at times) and what drove us to such things. It’s a retrospective view of being young and just trying to find your place in life with all of the crazy speed bumps punk rock throws at you along the way, for better or worse.
In the track, you refer to “punk rock preachers” showing you the light. Who are some of your all-time favorite punk rock idols you look up to?
Saint Joe Strummer is probably at the top of most people’s lists when thinking about the Mount Rushmore of punk rock if you will. Billie Joe Armstrong is the reason this band exists, so I obviously have to mention him here. I also named my cat after him, so I guess you could say his songwriting has been important to me.
As a self-proclaimed “washed-up punk,” what are some of your fonder memories with punk rock music? Maybe the first time you knew this lifestyle was for you?
I think just being able to look back at all the friends we have made on the road and all the absurd places we have spent the night. Anywhere from storage lockers in Florida, houses covered in cat shit, Walmart parking lots and being woken up by our van being attacked by about 2000 crows – and those are just the ones off the top of my head. Sometimes I just sit and think about all the amazing shows, tours and festivals we have been fortunate enough to be a part of. Whether it’s sharing a stage with our idols or finding a new favorite band on a Tuesday night in Tempe, AZ, it’s been a pretty great run.
Where do you think punk music stands in 2019? And shouldn’t it be more sought after with how things are currently in politics?
I think there are some pretty rad punk bands emerging and most of them that I’ve been getting into aren’t really politically charged. Personally, I go back and forth between writing political songs and more intimate personal songs, but lately, I have been straying away from the political side to be honest. In the climate we are in now, there is obviously a lot of material to write about but being surrounded by it 24/7 on the news, any social media platform and basically any day-to-day conversation just gets exhausting. I just feel like I want music to be an escape from that, at least for me. I think it’s ok to take a breath and disconnect for a little bit, even if it’s just for a three-minute song, otherwise we will just drive ourselves up a wall.