08 May Lostboy! AKA Jim Kerr – The Album
Lostboy! is a genuine alter ego of Simple Minds’ front man Jim Kerr, a second self or perhaps more simply put – a persona within a person. Lostboy! AKA is the music attributed to the vision of that persona.
Big melodic themes, turbo charged rhythms, guitars that shine. A noisy and juvenile explosion that comes from a wise head and a sophisticated heart, it’s a rock and roll clatter that involves sequencers and hidden symphonies. Retro and futuristic Lostboy! AKA already sounds timeless.
``Somehow I had tuned into the boy that I used to be, the passionate kid that I had left behind, and mysterious as that all was, there was no denying how thrilled I was to be reconnecting with the energetic outlook and liberating values at the core of that distantly familiar character. Rapidly I then began considering what kind of songs could be created if I could immerse myself 'now' in engaging fully with that young ghost. LOSTBOY AKA! is the result of that curiosity, and I am exhilarated by it. No mere dance with the past - thanks to the vision of co - writer and producer Jez Coad - much of these songs feel to me that they could be signals from tomorrow. It’s only a first step, but I can easily imagine taking this new relationship much further in parallel with the continuing great story of Simple Minds.`` Jim Kerr
02. She Fell In Love With Silence
04. Return Of The King
05. Red Letter Day
06. Remember Asia
07. Bulletproof Heart
09. Nail Through My Heart
10. SoloMan SoloHead
11. The Wait Parts 1+2
Lostboy! AKA Jim Kerr – The Album
Song By Song From The Alter Ego of Jim Kerr, Front Man Of SIMPLE MINDS
The prototype Lostboy! AKA track, it was also the first track conceived and I knew instantly that it would be the perfect album opener. In many ways it has all the ingredients that I hoped Lostboy! AKA would encapsulate, especially so with its supercharged vitality. Refugee is the calling inviting everyone to come into the world of Lostboy! AKA
Within the remit Lostboy! AKA needed to prove that he could design excellent pop tracks done in his own way. Jez Coad’s “spaghetti western” guitars light up the backdrop as the vocal beckons you to release whatever you may be tired of hiding, whatever you are holding back.
She Fell In Love With Silence
Involves the shattered emotions of a victim of domestic abuse as she pauses to question how to make changes in life. Far from being overburdened with its subject SFILWS bounces along with a searing melody that delights and somehow projects the feeling that “the blows will stop.”
Return Of The King
Dedicated to fellow Scottish singer Billy Mackenzie who fronted the exceptional band The Associates. Billy was not only an amazing talent but like many of our generation he was enamored much by those great collaborative albums produced by Iggy Pop and David Bowie. Written as a tribute to Billy and al our generation.
Red Letter Day
Lostboy! AKA will spread his message most potently through playing live. This meant that I was often hunting down ideas that I envisaged had the force to knock down the walls of any venue, large or small. Red Letter Day displays the power of a great band in the studio. Recorded quickly and off the cuff, it also owes much of its feeling to the – set them up and knock them down – attitude that ran throughout the very brief recording period.
Song lyrics can ring true or have something of the fantastical about them. Both even! If I told you that Remember Asia involves a character caught up in the panic of an earthquake warning, it would be normal of you to suppose that the story came to me second hand. Not so!
Written and released originally by Fingerprintz in 1980, out of respect I asked the composer if I could rewrite the verse, as I wanted to adapt them to my own vision. I love my hometown of Glasgow for many reasons including the fact that it made me. Sadly last year it was reported that the city now has the highest murder rate per capita in Europe. My angst over this is evident in the delivery of this song.
A postcard written to a long lost friend, recalling innocent days and a character that knew only fearless dreams. No ambition was ever too big and no adventure too scary for this friend. The lyrics track back to a particular late night conversation in a Times Square Café, where our pledges were made, as were vows that to this day I have never forgotten.
Nail Through My Heart
Despite the thundering cry from the heart chorus -NTMY is more musical cinescape than song. The range of atmospheres that we work from is already expansive throughout this debut album, but it is sure to grow even more as Lostboy! AKA moves with quickened pace into the future. Written in London, overlooking Hyde Park, on an afternoon when a storm took over the city, the music seems to portray an overwhelming calmness that begs to be broken.
Out in the backwoods the mercenaries are gathering, preparing for high tech war. As ever oneindividual sticks out more than the others of this extreme group. He is SOLOMAN. More than 30 years ago Simple Minds wrote a real dark horse of a song called ‘Citizen’. In spirit, Soloman for sure is a distant cousin.
Possibly the loneliest song that I have ever written, it concentrates on an inner dialogue flashing through the head of an Olympian runner as he steps up to the mark. “Winning is never all in life, and the race itself is the prize,” he tells himself as he crosses the line. And with that I also cross the line with a track that makes the most suitable ending to the debut album!
CD plus 7″ vinyl single with:
Side A – Jet Black The Night (studio bonus track)
Side B – What Goes on (Velvet Underground cover – studio bonus track)
1-11 (as in “standard” edition)
12 Refugee (Atmoxic Remix)
SHADOWLAND DIGITAL SINGLE
Rel date 28th May 2010
1. Shadowland (Cenzo Mix)
2. Shadowland (Simon Hayward German Remix)
3. What Goes On (Scary Monster Remix)
|27/05/10||Luxembourg||LU||The Den Atelier|
|28/05/10||Paris||FR||Le Divan Du Monde|
|19/10/10||Utrecht||NL||Tivoli De Helling|
|10/11/10||BELFAST||UK||SPRING AND AIRBRAKE|
|12/11/10||WEXFORD||IE||WEXFORD ARTS CENTRE|
LOSTBOY – VOCALS / JEZ COAD – GUITARS, KEYS, PROGRAMMING / CHARLIE JONES – BASS / MEL GAYNOR – DRUMS.
Additional programming/arrangements/guitars by OWEN PARKER, PAUL STATHAM, ANDY GILLESPIE.
Backing Vocals, MISS JO COCKER, JEZ COAD, MARTIN HANLIN.
Produced, arranged & mixed by JEZ COAD. Backing tracks engineered by TOM DALGETY. Executive Producer MARTIN HANLIN.
Recorded at Rockfield Studios and The Honey Factory.
LOSTBOY! AKA Management by Martin Hanlin and Ged Malone.
Assistance Sandra Dods, Gordon Smith, Yumie, Ged Malone, Andy Stinson, Joe Blake, Dagmar Ande, Anja Obersteller and Max Vaccaro.
Special thanks to Daniele Tignino and Antonio Chemi for the “kickstart”. Thanks to Steve Levy.
Design by Curious DA – Chris & Ryan.
Photography by David Ellis.
John Giddings/Solo Agency.
Online co ordination by Kit Cummings for Pro-Create.
LOSTBOY! AKA supports CHAS
LOSTBOY! AKA is a Jim Kerr production for TARTAN NOIR MUSIQUE