What do you want from post-rock? Is it cinematic in nature? Atmospheric? Grandiose but completely unique to a specific band? To include mountainous stories behind the music? Why choose when you can have it all with Parisian’s Lost In Kiev. Ever since 2012’s Motions the band – across two full lengths – has put to tape some of the most astounding and awe inspiring post-rock that not only has heart and soul but an endearing sense of self and depth. And on Persona, to be released later this month, they continue this trajectory but with shorter and more pointed songs. To gain some backstory on the band we recently reached out to guitarist and synth player Maxime Ingrand so head below to get the scoop.
How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the level of success that you hoped for?
Our main goal has always been to create a post rock band. Lost in Kiev, even if we evolved in our music, has always followed the goal to stay instrumental and tell stories. From the beginning of the band in 2007 to 2014 we had a couple of band member changes. This can also explain, in a way, the evolution of our music due to personal influences.
Our main achievement for now has been to release and promote ourselves in Europe by touring. We are of course looking to continue this to reach our next goals with Persona.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story.)
While we were playing at ArcTangent festival in 2017 (our first UK tour show), Max our guitarist had a technical issue during the first track. Suddenly he had no more sound in front of a big audience! We were really anxious about the fact that it could be his amp… But we were pretty lucky it was just his jack cable. The show goes on and it was a blast!
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
To us the greatest thing is that the war against everything electronic is over! It is really incredible to see how the metal scene has adopted artists such as Carpenter Brut or Perturbator. On the other hand we are still sad that the metal scene in France has a very bad image for the general audience. People are still considering this music as violent, weird and so on.
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?
As persons we do have political and social opinions but even if they could inspire some of our tracks for the atmosphere, they will never be a direct topic to us. We are more involved in travelling, dreamlike stuff or sci fi than sociopolitical stuff.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
Most of us discovered the rock and metal scene and started to play music when we were in our teenage years. We all went through a lot of different bands in various styles (power pop, punk, metal, electro) before playing post rock with Lost in Kiev. This explains our evolution album after album. Our parents were all happy about this news of playing in a band and touring.
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
Honestly, we don’t really know! We are going to think about it and will give you our answer on the release of our fourth album.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
The four of us have regular jobs and we’re not really looking forward to quitting them to be full time musicians. But let’s be honest, if the opportunity of growing Lost in Kiev into the next level may happen, we would of course be very glad to welcome this new way of life. So currently our goal is to promote Persona and let’s talk about continent invasion: We want to tour in America in 2020. So, if a promoter reads this…!
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
For now, our musical crushes are various such as Rival Consoles (Persona !!!!) / Quentin Sauvé (Whatever It Takes) / Thrice (Palms) / Brutus (Nest). As you see, we are very versatile and not only into metal.
What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?
Two tours are currently being planned. One in mid-May and the other one in mid-October. Upcoming events are the Pelagic Night (18 May), our release party in Paris (23rd May) and the Portals Festival in London (9 June) and a few more dates. We cannot wait to play the new tracks live!
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.)
Many thanks to Maxime for his time!