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Album Review

Led by Jay Jay (akaJay Reatard of the Reatards) and Alicja Trout (Clears, River City Tanlines), Memphis' Lost Sounds are a glorious mess of punk rock artsiness gone awry in all the right places. Their 2004 In the Red effort, simply titled Lost Sounds, is a punk rock dance party guaranteed to merrily demolish every piece of furniture in the room. But this paranoid rampage is a far cry from the faux-sexy bass'n'drum din pumped out by the likes of Death from Above 1979. "Those things they put inside me/ You know they make me nervous," wails Jay through a cacophonous din of twitchy surf guitars and stuttering keyboards. Elsewhere the band declares that the end of the world is, "worth a laugh." And you get the feeling they mean it.

With a pedigree that includes some of the most raucous noise outfits to emerge from the Memphis scene, the Lost Sounds avoid the traps of by-the-numbers punk or southern-flavored garage rock and instead offer up a sound that is more akin to savage disco. That being said, their adventurous sonic attack is bold and sometimes abrasive. Ample melodies are buried in the din for anyone brave enough to sift through the noise to find them. A danceable disaster, the band's chaotic post-apocalyptic new wave sound explodes from the speakers with a fuzzed-out fury that borders on collapse. Hard to categorize, the sound is something akin to Devo, Liars, Rocket from the Tombs, and the Pixies duking it out to decide who's crazier. Obnoxiously fun, the band is a likely bit of an acquired taste for most. ~ Karen E. Graves, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Jay Reatard & Alicja Trout at Their Finest!

The person that wrote that mindlessly negative review is WAY out of line. Besides, take a look at what his other reviews praise. Primus, Avenged Sevenfold and other mall-ternative, "Hot Topic" favorites. He truly has no way to understand what he's listening to with Lost Sounds. Some of the best punk-rock / new-wave compositions I've ever heard. These guys were amazing and this was their greatest accomplishment, in my opinion. The way Jay & Alicja play off each other is always intersting and exciting. Two of the greatest songwiters working in the DIY (for lack of a better term) world of music today. They know how to build a song from the ground up and give the listener a big payoff with incredibly catchy, melodic choruses & a powerful bridge. Choice cuts include "I Get Nervous", "I Sit, I Watch, I Wait", "And You Dance?", and "Bombs Over M.O.M."... oh what the heII, just buy the whole album, cuz it's ALL good!

Garage New Wave

This stuff is for people who love lo-fi new wave rock. Great album, great band. I play this one a lot. It helps especially with navigating through commuter traffic on the way to work. Jay Reatard is an incredible song writer and a great musician. I dig anything with his name on it. I could not disagree more with the guy who said (below) that the songs are not well written-on the contrary, they are very well written. But this is not friggin' jazz, ya know?


This album is mind blowing. The composition is very well done and the tunes are a fun listen. If people are not thrilled with this album then lo-fi dark wave is not there cup of tea and thats ok. Just get a quick taste of "I Sit I Watch I Wait" and if it doesnt rock you, no worries, move on.


Formed: 1999 in Memphis, TN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

One of the longest-lived and most prolific projects for Memphis garage-punk icon Jay Reatard, Lost Sounds combined the manic energy and hard emotional edges of his earlier band the Reatards with a more moody and melodic approach, as synthesizers joined noisy guitars and pummeling drums in the lineup in a manner that sometimes recalled the sonic attack of synth punk pioneers like the Screamers and Suicide. Jay Reatard formed Lost Sounds in the spring of 1999, joining forces with Alicja Trout (who...
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