The Real Ding
GET TO KNOW: Lost Chimes
Having spent the last few months releasing an array of light and uplifting compositions, London-based duo Lost Chimes are now looking to cement their legacy so far as they unveil their new self-titled album.
Channelling a warm and sweeping folk-pop aesthetic from start to finish, this new record makes for a wonderfully smooth and captivating listen. Filled with breezy textures, humble tones, and some beautifully rich vocals throughout, these two are certainly bringing bags of potential to this new collection.
So with the new album available now, we sat down with them to find out more about their background and what has inspired them most over the years.
What was the first instrument you learned to play?
Nicky – I learned the recorder at primary school before moving on to the trumpet. My Dad was a great Jazz trumpet player and that was a big influence. I spent many weekends playing and performing in the Leicestershire Schools Orchestra between the ages of 8 and 12 before taking up the guitar in my teens. I think that was a bit of a reaction to those brass years and also a way to hang out with mates and be in bands.
Gemma – My Dad and his twin brother always played guitar and sang at family get-togethers so I used to love that – and I have tried on several occasions to start playing the guitar! It’s never stuck though. I had piano lessons as a child which definitely benefited me throughout my life. I am now the proud owner of a keytar which is really exciting, since I get to hold it, play it live and sing – I always envied guitarists for that.
What was the first album you remember owning?
Nicky – Michael Jackson, Thriller on double 12” vinyl. A classic at the time – I will always remember the cover. I think I also picked up a Madness 7” at the time too.
Gemma – Michael Jackson, Bad on vinyl – there’s a theme here!
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
Nicky – Yes, we were called Skyward and sounded like Minor Threat. We did a few gigs and a couple of (sadly lost) recordings. Our singer modelled himself on Ian Mackaye and to be honest did a pretty good job!
Gemma – Yes my cousin, sister and I would play together and make up our own radio shows. When I went to Sheffield Uni, I joined a sort of MOR band called ‘Backwater’ playing Dire Straits, Pink Floyd and Zombies covers. In my second year there, I progressed to a sort of melodic metal band called ‘Mine’ and we did pretty well – playing at the In The City music conference in Manchester in 2000 and appearing several times in Metal Hammer magazine.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
Nicky – Terry Riley, In C. I think this song is the ultimate in terms of concentration and shows extraordinary ability to perform and make sense of. It is a lengthy listen being made up of 53 musical phrases, unique and not that catchy – but very clever.
Gemma – probably something like ‘Both Sides Now’ by Joni Mitchell, because it’s a timeless and very moving piece about life with absolutely beautiful lyrics.
What has been the most thrilling moment about creating your own music?
Nicky – Realising our debut, self-titled album on vinyl. I have always wanted to release a record in the various bands I have been involved with but never had the opportunity. It is lovely having a physical object representing our sounds in a digital world! We have posted copies around the world (including Canada, Australia and Germany) which is a humbling experience to think people from all over are enjoying the sounds we make.
Gemma – I would have to say the same. After 20 years of being in various different, separate bands, it is hugely satisfying to come together and make something meaningful which people are really enjoying.
And what about the most frustrating part?
Nicky – wishing we could play live more often. We have had numerous shows postponed due to the pandemic. On the positive side, we fully intend to play these gigs at some point.????????????
Gemma – wanting to do more music in general. We both have a full time job and we have two kids together. We do as much as we can but having a week off just to do music would be incredible!
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
Nicky - Daniel Higgs (Lungfish) – an artist, musician and outsider looking in.
Gemma – Peter Gabriel – I love the breadth, length and depth of his work.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Nicky & Gemma – Right on top of the Island!
Lost Chimes' new self-titled album is available to stream now. Check it out below.