We posed some questions to Ryan and Cass from Newcastle rock band Tomorrow Is Lost to find out more about where they came from, where they’re going and a penchant for green tea.
Interview by Graeme Smith
So, tell us the Tomorrow is Lost origin story.
Cass: We started back in February 2017 at the final of the soundwaves music competition. I remember we had only met each other twice, but, needless to say, it’s been a whirlwind journey ever since. It still amazes me to see how far we’ve come and what we’ve achieved in such a short space of time.
Ryan: I was at that 1st ever show at the Newcastle O2, working with a photography team. I loved the vocals and could hear something that just gave me a bit of a buzz. I had a quick chat with them backstage that night and a few months later we hooked up to do a cover for a show in Bradford and next thing I knew I was in the band.
You recently released a music video for your track Insane. How was that to make?
Ryan: The hardest part of the video shoot was the journey to the set. Due to it being in the middle of nowhere we had to take [guitarist] Joe’s quad with all the gear in a trailer and ride down. Creating the video was fun and simple from the band’s point of view because we just had to perform to our song. Scott from Dark North Media was nice and relaxed and helped us all through our individual parts. The video looks amazing!
Cass: It was cold and I spent most of the day just really needing a wee. But, in seriousness, it was such an awesome day. It was our first music video so a huge learning curve. We were so happy with how it turned out and have to hand it to Director Scott Canty from Dark North Media that he completely nailed the brief. But, if you liked the first one, just wait until you see what we have in store for our follow up single, Keeper (We Are The Lost), which is due out in February.
You’re coming to York to support the Guns N Roses Experience on 16 Feb, what have you got in store for the audience?
Cass: Well, we’ve had almost two full months off from gigs throughout December and January, spending some much needed time working on new songs for our set (which are starting to sound pretty awesome) so I’m sure you can imagine that we’re now chomping at the bit to get back out there doing what we do best. It’s gonna be a lively set for sure!
Ryan: Absolutely everything, mate. This show is huge for me personally as it is my first gig in my hometown with this band. I have been playing Fibbers for years and to come back with this band is an amazing feeling. The GnR guys are easily the best tribute to perhaps the best band of them all in recent times. The singer even looks like Axl [Rose[ from 20 odd years ago!
What you have got planned for 2018?
Ryan: 2018 is going to be pretty insane for us. It is our first full year. We are on the road a lot. We have lots of gigs lined up right across the country: amazing venues; the crowds are getting bigger and bigger.
Cass: Exactly what Ryan said: gigs, gigs, gigs and more gigs! We’re gonna be travelling the length and breadth of the country playing as much as possible. As well as that, we’ve also got two more singles and debut album on the way which we’re really excited about.
Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? If so, what were they?
Ryan: To practice my interviewing skills because they are not the best really.
Cass: Not a resolution as such, more just about building on the success of 2017. It was an incredible year both for the band and personally.
You hail from Newcastle, what the music scene like up there at the moment?
Ryan: I am from York. The Geordie can answer that one but in my humble opinion, it is really starting to bounce, some great bands up there.
Cass: I think, as with everywhere in the UK right now, we’re seeing somewhat of a resurgence of rock music which we’re very excited to be a part of. There’s a real buzz around some fantastic up-and-coming bands. It’s an amazing thing to see and I’m curious to see what will unfold over the next year or two.
What would you say are the most and least rock and roll things you’ve done as a group?
Ryan: Most rock n roll thing… I can’t tell you that. I am not 18 yet. Can I get arrested if I tell ya? Least rock n roll thing is probably Cass doing her make up.
Cass: Well that would be telling! Least rock and roll… I quite like a green tea (laughs)!
Any last words for the fans?
Cass: Just to say thank you for the overwhelming support. It’s always been amazing to see the belief and investment shown in the band when we’ve never (and still don’t) have much music out there. But I assure you that it is all ready and very much on the way for 2018.
Ryan: It has to be a massive shout out to our growing Army of The Lost and supports like Bruce Flemming, the Radio Teams on the Guy Bellamy Rock Show and the Rock N Roll Circus team (Paul & Ceri). We owe those guys such a huge thank you for the belief and support they have shown us so far. Oh and R’N’F’N’R!
Tomorrow Is Lost will be supporting the Guns And Roses Experience at Fibbers on Friday 16 February 2018.