Lostprophets was an Alternative Rock
band from Wales. While they started as mostly Nu Metal
, their sound quickly diversified to the point where they defy a more specific genre
. Musically, they combine Emo, Alternative Metal
, Hard Rock
, and Pop Punk
Formed in 1997 by lead singer Ian Watkins, bassist Mike Lewis (currently guitarist), guitarist Lee Gaze and drummer Mike Chiplin (departed in 2005), they quickly gained attention via touring, signing their first deal in 1999. They released their first album, Thefakesoundofprogress
, in 2000.
For most part of their existence, the band consisted of Watkins (vocals), Lewis (rhythm guitar), Gaze (lead guitar), Stuart Richardson (bass), Jamie Oliver (keyboards, turntables, backing vocals, metal screams
) and whatever drummer they could find (first Mike Chiplin, then Ilan Rubin and finally Luke Johnson).
Despite a style that is more typically likened to bands from the U.S. (or perhaps because of it), they were much more popular in the U.K. than in the U.S., leading them to not release their 4th album in North America
. However, they signed a new deal, leading to their 5th album, Weapons
, having a June 2012 U.S. release.
In October 2013, the group publicly announced that they could no longer continue to make or perform music as Lostprophets in light of the serious and disturbing criminal charges brought against Watkins the prior year, which he has since pleaded guilty to. And that's all we're going to say on the subject
. Subsequently, all the band members except Watkins recruited new singer Geoff Rickly, and changed the band's name to No Devotion
. Their website can be found here
- Thefakesoundofprogress (2000)
- Start Something (2004)
- Liberation Transmission (2006)
- The Betrayed (2010)
- Weapons (2012)
This band provides examples of:
- Age Progression Song: The music video of "Last Summer" plays with this. The car windshield washer is doing the exact same thing, shown in three different decades.
- Album Title Drop: Betrayed on "Sunshine". Also Para Todas La Putas Celosas (their demo) on one track, "Bitchez".
- All Love Is Unrequited: The main focus of "Broken Hearts, Torn Up Letters and the Story of a Lonely Girl".
- Arc Words: The phrase "make a move" comes up on three songs on Start Something. First it shows up on "Make a Move," then on the album's title track, and then finally on "Sway...".
- Badass Crew/Badass Boast/"The Reason You Suck" Speech: "We Bring An Arsenal".
- The Band Minus the Face: Ultimately averted; they broke up due to Ian Watkins's criminal charges.
- However, the band has reportedly gotten back together and started work on a new project, which will be a lot more influenced by Post-Punk and New Wave.
- Bishōnen: The entire band, though major props go to Ian Watkins.
- Broken Bird: Alluded to in "A Town Called Hypocrisy'':
Can you take this lonely girl
I pick her up from off the ground
- Careful With That Axe: "To Hell We Ride" begins with a Metal Scream, right after the intro riff.
- Similar screams occupy the same song's chorus, contrasting with Ian Watkins's clean vocals.
- The vocals in "We are Godzilla, You are Japan" are mostly screams, although cleans are used too.
- Cast Full of Pretty Boys: Oh yes◊.
- Cosy Catastrophe: "It's Not the End of the World, But I Can See It from Here" is a very upbeat song about, well, the end of the world.
- Darker and Edgier: They promoted The Betrayed as this, in comparison to Liberation Transmission.
- Department of Redundancy Department: One of the lines in "Last Summer" goes like this:
The setting sunset, today is through
- Destructive Romance: One way of interpreting the lyrics to Dirty Little Heart is the guilt and shame that someone in an abusive (mentally or physically, depending on your preference for metaphors) relationship feels for loving their abuser.
These open wounds you gave me
These broken bones will take me
Crawling on through the debris of my
Dirty little heart
- Early Installment Weirdness: The first EP they put out in 1997, long before they got signed, features Ian rapping and a ska-influenced horn section, among other things.
- Fading into the Next Song: Mainly on Start Something and Betrayed. Other three albums don't feature it as prominently or at all.
- Follow the Leader: The band's image tended to follow what was big on American rock radio. For instance, when nu metal was big, the band looked like this◊. By the time their third album was out, emo had taken nu metal's place, and the band looked like this◊. To a lesser extent, their sound also followed this pattern, but not to the same degree. For instance, their nu metal albums didn't include rapping or follow the paint-by-numbers song structure of, say, early Linkin Park, and when their look went emo, their sound simply went from alternative metal to alternative rock.
- Gray Rain of Depression: "4:AM Forever" has this as part of its music video.
- Hidden Track: "Sway..." fades right into an electronic outro.
- Long Title: These guys were doing it before emo and metalcore picked up on it. They dropped it on Start Something, but once they went in a more emo-inspired direction, the habit came back.
- Lyrical Cold Open: "Goodbye Tonight".
- Lyrical Dissonance: "Rooftops", big time.
- Metal Scream: Ian attempted this on Thefakesoundofprogress, but from Start Something on, Jamie provided these much more successfully.
- Miniscule Rocking: Thefakesoundofprogress had several interludes, most of which didn't even hit one minute in length. When the band re-recorded the album, the interludes got lumped in with the full songs instead of getting their own tracks.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Usually a 6, sometimes crossing into the range of 7. They go down on the scale quite often, though.
- Naughty Birdwatching: What the host ("Tender Tim") of the "kids" show does in the music video for "A Town Called Hypocrisy".
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: On their first album, elements of jazz and drum and bass sometimes popped up, along with hip-hop interludes.
- New Sound Album: Liberation Transmission saw the band move from Alternative Metal to Alternative Rock / Post-Hardcore, had more polished shound, removed scratching and samples and featured only very little screaming. Naturally, some older fans were not pleased. Their subsequent two albums then combined the elements from this one and previous albums.
- To a lesser extent, Start Something is also this. Jamie took over screaming duties from Ian, creating the familiar Vocal Tag Team of later albums, keyboards made more frequent and integral appearances, and scratching, while still prominent, tended to be placed in specific places on songs rather than being spread out over the entire track. The album also featured more guitar solos from Lee Gaze, heavier and lower-pitched guitar tunings, and the songs were consistently either Alternative Metal or Alternative Rock, rather than the genre-hopping Nu Metal of Thefakesoundofprogress.
- Non-Appearing Title: Most of the songs on Thefakesoundofprogress (well, pretty much all of it except for its Title Track). They trimmed it back in later albums, although they still did it on occasion.
- One Mike Limit: Averted with guitarist Mike Lewis and original drummer Mike Chiplin.
- Police Are Useless: According to the chorus of "For He's a Jolly Good Felon", they are.
- The Power of Friendship: The major theme of "Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja". Also "Bring 'Em Down".
- Protest Song: "Burn, Burn" (mainly in regards to mass media), as well as "Everyday Combat" and "Better Off Dead" (which are both aimed at problems with urban areas).
- Precision F-Strike: Start Something is entirely free of profanity for most of the album. Then a voicemail message comes up as an interlude after "A Million Miles", and the first thing we hear is...
Hey you fuckin' bitches!
- Rap Rock: On their first two demos, Here Comes the Party and Para Todas La Putas Celosas. After that, they stopped using rap in their songs (except maybe "Better Off Dead" from Weapons).
- Self-Backing Vocalist: Ian did pretty much all of the vocals on Thefakesoundofprogress, but once Jamie took over backing vocal duties, they mostly stopped doing this.
- Self Empowerment Anthem: "Make a Move" and "Start Something" are both this.
- Shout-Out: The title of "Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja" is a dual reference to both Shinobi and Bad Dudes.
- Soprano and Gravel: Ian's melodic, more emotional vocals are the soprano, while Jamie's intense screams are the gravel.
- Step Up to the Mic: Jamie gets a shot at lead vocals on "We are Godzilla, You are Japan".
- Subverted Kids Show: "Town Time", from the music video for "A Town Called Hypocrisy".
- Title Track: Variously played with. Thefakesoundofprogress has one, although it's spelled with spaces unlike the album's space-less title. Liberation Transmission lends its words to two songs, "Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)" and "The New Transmission", Betrayed doesn't have one, but mentions it in a song and Weapons has a bonus track titled "Weapon". The only album that plays it completely straight is Start Something.
- Word Salad Lyrics: Downplayed on Thefakesoundofprogress. While the lyrics clearly have themes, Ian's lyrics got pretty abstract sometimes.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: Their original name was "Lozt Prophetz." Thankfully, they changed that.