Interview with Zach Moyle | By Jameson Ketchum
The New Jersey work ethic has once again proven to be alive and well. Leading a new wave from the Garden State is Lost in Society, who have managed to channel the grit of Nirvana and early Against Me!, coupled with the playfulness of late 90s acts like Fenix Tx. Jersey has always bore the guise of underdog, yet the acts produced from said area always seem to come out ahead. There is a feeling of camaraderie and family amongst the bands coming from the moldy basements and Lost in Society aims to be a forerunner in the movement.
NJ has always been known for producing great DIY bands. What is it about New Jersey that you feel inspires this type of music and work ethic?
I think it has a lot to do with there being no major cities in NJ. Sure, we have NYC and Philly, but the NJ music scene is a proud one, and I think there will always be a chip on our shoulders to show everyone that we don’t need a major city to have a major scene. I think it helps with the DIY process because it bring bands closer together, since there are fewer places to play, so everyone seems to want to help each other out and work together.
I would say that bands like Against Me! Or Rise Against would be a big influence on your sound. What bands inspire you? What other mediums of art or life fed into creating this new record?
Those bands are definitely influences on us. Other bands that have inspired me over the years are Nirvana, Green Day, Face to Face, Alkaline Trio, The Bouncing Souls and so many more. I think a lot of what fed into this record was watching people around me working themselves to the bone and seeing nothing in return. I wouldn’t say it’s a political record, but it’s definitely voicing the frustrations of many on a bunch of the tracks.
Talk to us about this new record, what were some goals from the start?
I think we really just set out to make the most complete album possible. I’m proud of our past releases, but I really think the songs on this one are heads above the others. I think we really settled into a sound, and found the right direction to go in. We didn’t settle on any songs for this record, we dropped a few about a week before we went into record. The writing process didn’t stop until the day we stepped foot in Lakehouse Studios. We really wanted to make sure we absolutely loved all of the songs, and I think we accomplished that.
This seems to be your first big statement to the scene, what do you hope people gain from this record?
I hope people just take the time and give this record a chance. I think they will be pleasantly surprised in what they hear. I think it’s definitely a throwback to melodic punk with some other influences thrown in while still sounding original.
You’ve been operating for a long while without management or booking. Do you think this is a model you’ll stick to? What are the benefits of keeping daunting tasks such as these within the band?
I think it works up to a certain point, but eventually all of the work gets a little overwhelming. Booking about 100-150 shows a year takes up a ton of time, and it has really started taking away from the writing process, and even just being able to get together and practice. The benefits are that we get to have the final say in everything that we do. We decide where and when we go on tour, or release a record, etc. It’s nice having that, but I think we are all starting to get a little burned out from all of the extra work, especially with our day jobs, and it would be nice to just focus on the creative aspect of the band.