Toronto‘s Lost & Profound (Lisa Boudreau and Terry Tompkins) make a rare trip to the east coast in support of their new album, Goodbye Mine. They’ll be playing The Carleton on Tuesday, October 13th at 8 PM. We’re making this a suggested $5 at the door to encourage music lovers to come out to see this seminal Canadian act.
Toronto’s Lost & Profound has long leveraged the moodiness of the northern climes to influence their songwriting, and new album Goodbye Mine brings a return of their signature melancholy-infused pop rock.
Their origins are in the underground music scene in Calgary, where Terry and Lisa first collaborated as the Psychedelic Folk Virgins. They relocated to Toronto in 1985, independently releasing their tequila-fueled Lost & Profound premiere The Bottled Romance of Nowhere. Polygram Records discovered the band and released their major label debut Lost & Profound, resulting in Top 20 single “Brand New Set of Lies” and a JUNO Award Nomination. They had two subsequent releases, and then recorded as Red Suede Red for their 2002 album. Their tours included a music video shoot and Much Music special in Varanassi, India along the Ganges.
Lead singer Lisa Boudreau and lyrist/guitarist/producer Terry Tompkins were never completely lost, but did take a break from making records together, experimenting separately in different music genres. It was when they decided to get a little wild again that they discovered a newfound depth of creativity. “Terry and I have been together for 30 years,” Lisa smiles. “A lot of the sadcore stuff we write gets pulled from reality!”. Her vocals reference Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval, PJ Harvey and Beth Gibbons of Portishead in their dark and passionately detached singing.
Terry brings a love of psychedelic rock from his other band, The Now Feeling, inspired by shoegaze acts such as My Bloody Valentine and Tame Impala, while also paying homage to favorite albums from the ‘70s. “I went through a big ELO phase- though our title track ‘Goodbye Mine’ came out more Lennon-esque.” describes Terry, who cites Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett, Big Star, Beach Boys, Leonard Cohen and Fleetwood Mac amongst his influences from that decade. “We’re okay with being described as a ‘rock Carpenters’ – their best songs were all so melancholy, we love that.“ Goodbye Mine was produced specifically with the warm, sparse production of the ‘70s era in mind – making it an obvious for vinyl release, which is a first for Lost & Profound, after four previous albums.
2015 shall have Terry and Lisa focusing on the reunion of Lost & Profound, with Goodbye Mine releasing in March. Travelers at heart, they can’t wait to tour, and are creating mesmerizing visuals for their concerts. “I think this record will be an amazing translation from album to stage,” says Lisa. Terry comments, “it’s an exciting time in music, and we must all be like troubadours more than ever, bringing our songs on the road.” Sure, Lost & Profound bring moody, Canadian melancholia, but their return is an absolute joy. Prepare for profundity.