Lost Pages is a new band, formed in 2010, but for singer/songwriter/guitarist Jason Moore, Lost Pages is the destination point of a decade-long journey in which he embraced and absorbed all the classic elements of rock and roll and then stripped the music down to its raw, emotional essence.
Moore started with The Katies in the late 1990s, a rock trio that grew out of the hotbed of young musicians surrounding the Recording Industry Management program at Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro , TN. The Katies combined raw energy, pop craft and thunderous power in a way that inspired a music critic from The Tennessean to describe them as “what would happen if Nirvana, The Beatles and Led Zeppelin had ever jammed together.” Their self-titled CD resulted in Spongebath records, the Murfreesboro indie label, forming a co-label deal with Elektra.
After tapping all the essential influences of rock and roll—good and bad— Moore began to look inward for new inspiration. “After I got clean, I started going through demos and songbooks of tunes that I had written over the last few years,” he explained, “and I noticed that a story was there. It wasn’t that the story was unique because it was really the same old theme of Prodigal Son finds redemption that’s been played out all through the history of storytelling. What struck me was it was now my story. It had become personal.”
In 2010, Moore built a new band, Lost Pages, around those songs, with his brother Joshua (a veteran of The Katies) on drums, Shawn ‘Stretch’ Brock (Johnny Q Public, WhenBreathingStops) on bass and Joey Osisek (Bombshell Crush) on guitar. Again, Moore ’s melding of primary elements inspired lofty comparisons. According to one industry figure, “It’s as if Tom Petty, Robin Zander and Rick Nielsen all got in the same room and the ghost of Kurt Cobain showed up.”
The first recordings of Lost Pages capture real-life struggles with relationships and realities with a straightforward, head-on approach. “Sunset’s End” explores the vagaries of love and the off-and-on nature of relationships. A fast beat and almost stream-of-consciousness delivery enhance the message about commitment—or lack thereof—in “God’s not Coming Back.” “Bloodstains” provides a stark visual metaphor for facing the past. A heavier beat turns “Texas” into an anthem of introspection, with lines like “Sometimes the person you run from is the person that you become.”
Lost Pages brings rock and roll full circle. Power without excess, emotion without pathos, reality with no frills—isn’t that what rock and roll was all about in the first place?
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