I often have the unfortunate luck when it comes to discovering already established bands. I think at this point, if I’ve avoided listening to a band that’s been around for over a decade, I’d best not even bother, because as soon as I do, something catastrophic will happen, like a lineup change or they break up entirely. The latest band on my list is A Life Once Lost, who played near my hometown earlier this year and won me over. I even picked up a signed copy of their latest album Ecstatic Trance on vinyl. But unfortunately, that album may have been their swan song, as the band have called it quits.
This time in your life also marks the end of your popular metal band, A Life Once Lost, fill me in on this new phase. Why leave the band after 14 years of success?/
I feel like I need to step back a little bit from that to just better myself as a person. I just felt like I wasn’t really able to handle that aspect of being in a band or that commitment. I really had to put so many things aside. I’m 33 years old now and I feel like my life has been on hold since I was 19. I’m not complaining about where it’s taken me, it’s been pretty awesome. I’ve been able to put out 6 records, film videos, see countries I would have never seen before and I’ve taken a band further than a lot of people have in their lifetime. It’s a lot of fun and it feels really rewarding.
You’ve left a solid place in music history for yourself!
Yeah, for me, but how that’s perceived by others is up to them. I feel really content with being able to leave, walk away and now re-focus. Whether it’s on a soul or music project, or whether it’s these art pieces, there’s just a lot of things that I want to do that I haven’t been able to do because of my commitment to one thing. And now, because I’m not committed to that, I can focus on making myself a stronger individual, a stronger man.
Is this the first time you’re speaking about the band break-up to the press?
This is the first time. It’s not easy to talk about because it’s still so fresh. You do something for such a long time, it ends and you’re just kinda like…shit. What now? It’s wild.
Ending it, to me, is like being released from prison. I have to step out into the world and find myself again. All I knew was getting in a van, sleeping on floors and playing shows at shitty bars for 14 years. But, at the same time, I wouldn’t have changed anything.
While I was on the road, all my friends were going to school, becoming teachers and doctors, having kids…all that. I’m really envious. But, the stories I have are pretty awesome.
It’s really hard to NOT do something that you’ve trained yourself to do, for so long. It’s hard to break habits like that.
Will there ever be a return of A Life Once Lost, or any musical project between you and those guys?
Yes, I’m sure, once things, like, pass with time. Time heals all wounds, so I’m sure that when things pass we’ll get out there again. I just need to re-energize and re-focus. It’s for the best. I can look at it like a downer, or a big fuckin’ mess, but it’s really a just a hurdle. I have to be able to jump to this ‘next level’.
So there’s that, I guess. I would have loved to have seen the band performing live one more time. Their show is pretty energetic, and their music is well suited to the minimal setup they utilize in regards to lighting. Hearing Meshuggah-influenced grooves and psychedelic leads set to rapid strobe lights is trippy, man.
Hopefully with some time off, the band can make a(nother) return and see some of the success that they didn’t really get to see this last album cycle, because they certainly deserve it.