Acclaimed Irish duo with Liverpool roots, THE LOST BROTHERS (Oisin Leech and Mark McCausland) are known to many across the Merseyside music community, as well as being greatly respected across the wider musical world. They are readying for the release of their sixth studio album, After The Fire After The Rain, which is due to land in February. The album features a number of guest contributions, including Portland bluesman M Ward.
Following on from the record’s first track, Fugitive Moon, which we shared in October, we’re delighted to be able to present the video for the title track, After The Fire. A cosmic gallop of Hazlewood-esque Americana, After The Fire features M Ward and roots maestro Howe Gelb on electric guitar duties, with Tony Garnier (Bob Dylan’s longest-running band member) on upright bass.
The video was directed by Liverpool filmmaker Gavin Wood, and filmed in Liverpool and at a copper mine in Anglesey. “The lyrics of the song made me think of copper and the elements,” Wood explains, “so we made a trip to a mine called The Copper Kingdom! We also filmed some birds on the Mersey as the band used to live in Liverpool. I was partly inspired, too, by the psychedelic Joshua Light Show as an overlay to the landscape – the band seemed to be going in a more abstract direction with the lyric.”
The Losties’ sixth album includes contributions for an impressive cast of guests, with Steve Wickham and Jolie Holland joining Ward, Gelb and Garnier. 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 and Daniel Schlett (Steve Gunn, The War On Drugs). On After The Fire, Schlett plays Jupiter 8 synth, adding that otherworldly quality.
“For years we’ve always looked across the ocean to American roots folk and blues for inspiration,” says Leech. “On this album, and on 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.”
After The Fire After The Rain is released in February 2020. The Lost Brothers head out on an Irish tour in March, and play the Southbank Purcell Room in London on 3rd March.