An acclaimed Irish duo with Liverpool roots, Oisin Leech and Mark McCausland are known to many across the Merseyside music community. As THE LOST BROTHERS, they’re greatly respected much further across the world. The duo have announced a brand new album, After The Fire After The Rain, which is scheduled for release early in 2020. We’re overjoyed to be able to share the first track from the LP, Fugitive Moon, which features Portland bluesman M Ward.
The Losties add a sixth studio album to their impressive repertoire, which features guest contributions from an all-star cast including Howe Gelb, Steve Wickham, Jolie Holland and indie guitar maestro M Ward, who plays electric on Fugitive Moon. Ward has remained friends with the band since they recorded their debut in Portland in 2008. The album was recorded in Strange Weather Studios, Brooklyn, co-produced by Tony Garnier (Bob Dylan’s longest-running band member) and Daniel Schlett (Steve Gunn, The War On Drugs). On Fugitive Moon, Garnier plays an upright double bass once owned by jazz luminary Charles Mingus.
“For years we’ve always looked across the ocean to American roots folk and blues for inspiration,” says Leech. “On this album, and this new song Fugitive Moon, we turned homewards and gave a nod to the places that are special to us. I’m fortunate that the River Boyne runs very close to where I live in Meath. More than any other album, these songs are inspired by where we grew up, our native land, with all its rain, dreams and storms.”
“When you’re out on the road for a long spell,” adds McCausland, “it’s the mundane things you end up longing for from back home. You miss the rain. And when you return, all of a sudden, all those things you took for granted are suddenly magical.” Fugitive Moon is a nod to this magic.
Watch the brand new video here for Fugitive Moon, the opening track from After The Fire After The Rain. The video for Fugitive Moon was made by Irish filmmaker Ian Lawton and shot in Meath and Tyrone. “I tried to keep the noir aesthetic in mind shooting this performance video,” explains Lawton, “but I think it also crept into David Lynch territory in its surrealness. When the band mentioned the 1955 noir classic Night Of The Hunter I said, ‘OK, I’m on board!’ It’s one of my favourite films of all time.”
After The Fire After The Rain is released in February 2020. The Lost Brothers head out on an Irish tour in March, including a date at Dublin’s Vicar Street (21st March).