Formed in early 2017, Newcastle-based rock band Tomorrow is Lost have clawed their way to the top of the local rock scene, bagging high-profile support slots and building up an impressive fan-base in such a short space of time through sheer hard work, ambition and a knack for formulating a sound an image with mass appeal. Jake Carr Smith caught up with lead vocalist Cass King to discuss their upcoming EP ‘The Shadowman’, the local rock scene, and the future of the genre moving forward.
Your new EP will be released very soon, so how are you feeling about the finished product? And what makes ‘The Shadowman’ a must-listen to anyone reading this?
Personally, I’m relieved that it’s actually here because it does feel like something we’ve been working towards for such a long time now; such was the intensity of how quickly things took off for us last year, finding the time between relentless gigging without compromising the quality of the music was pretty hard going. I feel that as songwriters we’re still in our infantile stages; we’ve got a lot more to give and I can certainly hear some developments in some of our newer material so I’m excited for everyone to hear it. I feel like we’ve been drip feeding music out there so to produce something a little more whole is really exciting.
Do you think an EP and not a long-playing album is a better option for up-and-coming bands?
Well, we don’t want to give it all away too easily do we (laughing)? Joking aside, I think there is definitely a cost element to the production of a full album, particularly for young bands like us who are still building up a core fan-base.
‘Rock is dead’ is a statement we hear all too often. How do you feel about the current rock music scene both on a local and more broadly, national level?
I think rock as it once was maybe is, but I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing as times change. I’m not saying that what we do is ground-breaking, but it isn’t trying to revive the past – and I think the problems in the music industry are not confined to any specific genre. Music has become disposable and devalued in an internet age. The quality of bands and music that is being produced now is in no way inferior to what was on offer 20/30 years ago. It annoys me when I hear people say that there are no big bands because ‘there are no good songs’ – because there are plenty.
What can we expect from Tomorrow is Lost in 2019?
An album, more gigs, more songs, more honesty.
‘The Shadowman’ will be available on all major digital platforms from Friday 7th December.