Lost Avenue to Represent NI at Peace Mix Finals
On Wednesday August 8, the Peace Mix Mic Relay landed at the Nerve Centre for the Northern Ireland stop of the tour. Four local acts battled it out, with Lost Avenue winning a place at the Peace Mix Presents national final at the Eden Project, Cornwall – where all 12 regional acts will compete for the final performance slots supporting Tinchy Stryder at The Roundhouse, London. We spoke with Lost Avenue frontman Dylan Bradley about the band, the Peace Mix competition and where they go from here.
Tell us about Lost Avenue.
We’re a three-piece indie punk type band from Derry. We’re only about a year old and have been gigging for about six months.
Has the band had many gigs to date?
It was quiet for us from January to March but we did the IMAs (Metoer Irish Music Awards) in Dublin and recorded an EP with Audio Booth at the Nerve Centre which got reviewed by Hot Press Magazine and since then we have been flat out! Since June we have done around 30 gigs so we are kept really busy. Our biggest gig to date would have to be supporting Jody Has a Hitlist at the Nerve Centre.
How important do you think that Audio Booth and other facilities at the Nerve Centre have been to develop your band?
Well, if it wasn’t for Practice Makes Perfect [youth music development at the Nerve Centre] we wouldn’t be doing anything! They have helped us so much in terms of getting gigs, with Brian Fisher giving us such good education in the industry, and Oran O'Carroll was great working with us doing the EP.
Which bands/musicians inspire Lost Avenue and your music?
A number of musicians really. Tim Wheeler from Ash, Peter Doherty and Nirvana have all inspired us and our music.
How do you feel after winning the Peace Mix regional heat at Nerve Centre?
It‘s really fantastic and exciting for us. Dublin is the furthest we have went to perform and now we are to set to play in this massive event at the Eden Project in Cornwall. We really didn’t think we would win!
Tell me about the song you have performed for the Peace Mix competition.
It was actually a song we wrote and featured in our old EP and it’s about domestic violence, domestic peace and peace of mind. I created the lyrics along with the lead guitar and presented it to the band to add their own parts to it.
Now that you are through to the Regional Final at the Eden Project, what would it mean to the band to win this and play at The Roundhouse in London?
Well that would just be unreal, we could probably retire happy! Jimmy Hendrix has played there and it is a legendary venue!
What do you think of the Derry~Londonderry music scene at the moment?
I think it’s brilliant, personally I think it’s probably the best in Ireland with established bands like Fighting With Wire and Intermission, and other young bands like my friend Soak. There are a lot of great bands.
Aside from Peace Mix, what plans do Lost Avenue have for the future?
Once Peace Mix is over we will be going back to Audio Booth at the Nerve Centre to record our next EP with Damian McGinty and Oran O'Carroll. Then we will be playing at the Oh Yeah Centre in Belfast on September 1, and heading over to London in January to play Nambucca.
Lost Avenue will represent Northern Ireland, competing against 11 other regional finalists at the national Peace Mix Presents final at the Eden Project on 16 August. For more information, visit www.peacemix.co.uk.