Location: Chelyabinsk, Russia
Location: Chelyabinsk, Russia
PSAB: Where did the band name “Lost in Alaska” come from exactly?
LIA: For some reason, most people assume that we've taken our name from the 1952 movie starring Abbott & Costello but actually we had no idea it even existed at the time. Well, long story short, one day our bass player Alex and our former guitarist Vova sat at home drinking and listening to music. To be exact they were enjoying amazing Between The Buried And Me and their album "Alaska". Somehow the idea struck them and they came up with the name "Lost In Alaska". Yeah, its that simple.
PSAB: How was the feedback when you released your single "Euthanasia"? Are you still receiving feedback now?
LIA: The single was recorded with our long time friend Alex Shikolay on vocals and we actually received generally very positive feedback regarding it. And yeah, it seems that a lot of new fans of the band have heard "Euthanasia" prior to our earlier songs, so we do still receive feedback, but you know live performances still brought way more attention to the band. It seems people remember the shows just as much as the music if not better. Its a good thing in our opinion, and we hope to keep it that way.
PSAB: If you could have any musician featured on one of your tracks, which one would that be?
LIA: Oh, thats the tough one, so many awesome musicians all around. We'd love to have someone from the deathcore scene, like Phil Bozeman of Whitechapel or Vincent Bennett of The Acacia Strain but we love to experiment as well, so we'd try something with Mike Patton for example, you know. We think it would be great to have him singing on one of our tracks or do some crazy stuff only he does. Maybe we should try to reach him, haha
PSAB: What is the local metal scene like in Chelyabinsk, Russia?
LIA: We'd love to say that everything is awesome, but that would be a lie. If we're talking about Chelyabinsk in particular, there're a plenty of bands playing in a huge array of genres, and thats great, but unfortunately people don't seem to be interested in gigs here. Its a common practice to see a nearly empty hall even when more or less famous bands come with tours. Thankfully sometimes shows featuring local bands manage to have sold-out crowds but thats rather exclusive.
Its a common situation not for our city only but for Russia in general, there are people who love hanging out on the shows, but most of the people just prefer listening to the music at home, and thats sad. There're so many great bands in the country and in our city as well.
PSAB: Which bands play the most influence on your music?
LIA: It truly depends on the era of the band. When we just started we were mostly influenced by older deathcore bands like Despised Icon, Impending Doom and Winds Of Plague. And with such stuff on our mind we recorded our debut full-length "Zodiac" but since than a lot has changed, line-up changed a number of times, so prior to recording our EP "Time Of Solution" we'd say Whitechapel & The Contortionist were our main influences.
Like right now we work on a new release and our guitarist Max definitely has stuff like Molotov Solution and Elitist on his mind, but whatever, we're just trying to write stuff we love. Yes we absorb music that we listen to, but still we're doing our own stuff. We want to experiment, we want to try new things, who knows, maybe we'll even do some cleans on our new EP, not girly high pinched ones, but something in the vein of Soilwork, or we'll go totally brutal like Ingested or Dying Fetus. Each member of the band has his own thing to add to the bands sound and we hope our new tracks will be loved by people who enjoy our music as well as ourselves
PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give to your fans?
LIA: Support your local scene, and don't be narrow minded. It would be great if more people were open to new ideas, new music, new genres. We'll do our best to bring you the most crushing yet refreshing album we can, so keep your eyes open and like our FB page not to miss any news. Thank you, and thanks to amazing guys and truly brothers in ideals from Pig Squeals & Breakdowns for this interview. Stay safe!