Lostprophets are a Welsh rock band formed in 1997 by lead singer Ian Watkins. They have released four studio albums and managed two top ten hits.
I first got into Lostprophets when I heard Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast) on the radio and liked the catchy tune and sing-a-long lyrics. This encouraged me to listen to more of their work and I ended up buying the album Start Something. What a great album that is, Burn, Burn and Last Train two of the best songs from it.
Recently, after listening to their latest album The Betrayal, I heard they were playing at Wolverhampton Civic and I had to go. I bought tickets for a reasonable £22.50 and they were a very, very good live band; there was a great atmosphere there and they played the songs very well.
Lostprophets are a great band with four great album and lots of great singles and are also amazing live so I would definitely go and give them a listen if I were you.
I'm well known by my friends and family for having an iPod attached to my body. My ears often get a quick glance before anybody starts talking to me. So needless to say, music is a big part of my life, and there are only a handful of musicians I would consider myself a true fan of.
Lostprophets is one of those bands.
Like many fans, their breakthrough track "Last Train Home" is what brought them to my attention. And back when the track was released in early 2004, I didn't expect to like them for so long.
But almost six years later, I'm still proud to be a fan. And having recently been to see them live for only the second time - the last time was back in 2005! - and looking forward to my third time in May, I think it's about time I wrote an opinion on them.
Hailing from Pontypridd, Wales, Lostprophets formed in 1997 and have released four studio albums and three EPs - the most recent being The Betrayed in January 2010.
They've been nominated and won numerous awards, achieved two top ten singles and have reached Number One in the Alternative Songs chart.
Current members include Ian Watkins on vocals, Lee Gaze on lead guitar, Mike Lewis on rhythm guitar, Stuart Richardson on bass, Jamie Oliver on turntables, backing vocals and samples and Luke Johnson on drums and percussion.
Past band members have been DJ Stepzak on turntables and samples, Mike Chiplin on drums and percussion and Iian Rubin the most recent member to leave in early 2009, also on drums and percussion.
Getting hot, thirsty and occasionally hit, shoved and jumped on might not be everybody's idea of fun, but Lostprophets put on such an immense live show, that these things become minor inconveniences. On both occasions I've been to one of their tours, the crowd has been fully involved, and I've not seen one person who hasn't enjoyed themselves out of the thousands who flock to see them.
In the four years worth of live shows I missed, Lostprophets seem to have adapted themselves to the stage and now seem to be more comfortable up there.
Having the good fortune to have met the band personally after the show last week (25th February), I'm also pleased to say that the majority of the band are extremely nice in person, taking the time to have conversations as well as the usual pictures and autographs. As for the rest of the band, after entertaining a crowd of 2000+, tiredness is to be expected and some of them still took the time for autographs and pictures. There's no way you can hold it against them though, the energy they put into the show would leave anybody too tired to talk.
So why do I like Lostprophets so much? The clever guitar riffs and immense bass lines play a part, the heart thudding drum beat and colossal introduction to with turntables to most song play another part, but I guess my heart really belongs to the lyrics and vocals. Having not been able to understand a word of what Ian Watkins was saying during our conversation, I now find it quite surprising how he sings with such clarity. With catchy tunes, amazing vocals and very catchy lyrics, it's no wonder Lostprophets have made it this far.
The band also make an effort to stay connected with fans and share information and news in the form of a band Twitter, individual Twitters, Facebook, MySpace, Bebo and Flickr, as well as a YouTube channel for video updates.
The Fake Sound of Progress (2000 - 2002) is regarded as the band's least popular album but was still certified Gold. "Shinobi Vs. Dragon Ninja" was the first single to be released by the band and achieved medium popularity, making it to number 33 in the US Alternative Chart and number 41 in the UK singles chart. "The Fake Sound of Progress" attained number 21, the band's second single and last to be released from the first album.
The album, Start Something was released in early 2004 and through its success; the band became more extensively known internationally. Selling over half a million copies in the US alone, the album quickly became the breakthrough album, achieving number 4 is the UK album charts.
"Burn Burn" was the first single to be released from Start Something, achieving an impressive number 17 in the UK charts and started to get the Lostprophets noticed a little more.
"Last Train Home" was released next, the breakthrough single. Reaching number 8 in the UK chart and number 1 in the US Alternative chart, this was the single that really got the Lostprophets noticed.
"Make a Move" was next to be released, reaching number 9 in the US Alternative Chart, followed by "Last Summer", one of the bands slower songs, reaching number 13 in the UK singles chart.
"Goodbye Tonight" was released as a UK single only, reaching 42 while "I Don't Know" was released as a radio single, reaching number 11. Goodbye Tonight was the last single to be released from Start Something.
Following the success of Start Something, the band released Liberation Transmission in 2006 and entered the UK album Chart at number 1.
"Rooftops" was the first single to be released from this album and hit number 8 in the UK singles chart and is widely regarded as one of the bands most popular songs.
"A Town Called Hypocrisy" was released next, reaching number 23.
"Can't Catch Tomorrow" was the third single to be released from Liberation Transmission, and although didn't achieve high in the charts (35), has since become one of the Lostprophets well-known songs.
"4am Forever" was the last single to be released from this album, one of the slower and more emotion-filled songs from the Lostprophets. It reached a disappointing 34 in the charts.
The band's fourth studio album, The Betrayed, was finally released in January 2010 after numerous delays, following problems with the label and producers. Reaching number 1 in the UK Indie Album charts and number 3 in the general UK album charts, this album is by far the best, in my opinion.
"It's Not The End of The World, But I Can See It From Here" became the band's first single to be released in 2 years and reached number 16 in the UK charts.
"Where We Belong" was released next, reaching number 32. This is personally one of my current favourite songs.
"For He's A Jolly Good Felon" will be the next single to be released on the 5th April 2010. The video has already been recorded in Manchester during a day off from their current tour and will contain an exclusive B-side.
With successes ranging from number 1 albums and singles, it's no wonder Lostprophets has become a favourite band of many - mine included. Having stuck by the band for the past 6 years, I hope I'll be able to still call myself a fan in another 6, following more success and popularity.
With each album and single being better than the last, it's impossible to see where the band will be in a few years. I recommend Lostprophets to pretty much everyone. The catchy lyrics and clever beats will almost certainly pull you in.
With my ticket in hand for the next UK show in Cardiff, I eagerly wait to see what will be produced next by this amazing British band.
This review is about my top ten favourite Lostprophets songs in order of preference (1 being the highest), and if you haven't heard of them before, these are the songs to listen to to get into them
10) Sunshine - This might be difficult to find, because it's a b-side from the Where We Belong CD so isn't on an album, but I think it should be, it's a very good song, and the guitar sound is great. It's better than a few songs on the actual album
9) Rooftops - This is probably the most famous Lostprophets song, and the reason it's not too high is because it's over-played, but it's amazing the first few times you hear it, but I've just heard it too many times now.
8) It's Not The End Of The World, But I Can See It From Here - The first single of the latest album. It's not the best one but apparently the most popular. I do like it, but there are better ones on the album, as you will see later on
7) Goodbye Tonight - Not a single, on the album Start Something. The reason it isn't higher is because the intro isn't fantastic, but the chorus is. It's very catchy.
6) For He's A Jolly Good Felon - An incredibly catchy chorus, and good verses too, a pretty great song, but not the best song from 'The Betrayed'
5) Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja - One of the best riffs ever, right from the start. All the way through this song is great, but the vocals aren't as good as they are on the newer albums. This song is the only song in my top 10 off the first album, The Fake Sound of Progress, because Lostprophets have got better as they have gone through.
4) 4.am Forever - One of the singles off Liberation Transmission, the second last album. The thing I like about this is the incredible guitar in the chorus, and the guitar solo is amazing! There are moments of absolute genius in this song, one of my all time favourite songs.
3) A Better Nothing - It was a hard choice for the top three, because all the songs are pretty perfect really. This one came third because the piano bit at the beginning means the song takes a while to get into it, if it was one bar shorter it might be higher, that's how close it is!
2) Can't Catch Tomorrow - This song makes me happy every time I hear it. One of the most popular songs from Liberation Transmission, and I can see why. The riff throughout is very catchy, and one of the things I like about it is the vocal build up in the chorus, which is done very well. It's an amazing song, but it's become a little old, which can't be said for my number one...
1) Darkest Blue - Listening to this song again, I can tell why it's my favourite song by Lostprophets, and my favourite song in general right now. The guitar at the beginning is awesome, and then when the rest of the instruments come in, it's pure brilliance. An absolutely incredible song. I also love the piano, and as usual the vocals from Ian Watkins are stunning, I can't see why this hasn't been released as a single, although it may be soon. This is the song of Winter 2009/10 for me. I'm listening to it now, and although it sounds like a may be waffling, I would HIGHLY recommend listening to this one.
I hope this helps any future Lostprophets fans!
How excited was I when I found out that the <Lost Prophets> were going to play in Milton Keynes? Well I don’t think that words can describe my excitement. Despite the initial annoyance at the postpone of the May gig to September, I think that in the long term it was actually a good thing because I was able to get more into Lost Prophets, and this made me even more excited when September the 7th finally rolled round. <The warm-up bands> The support bands were <Forever until October> (a slightly metal group who we all thought were good for a warm-up band, but the lead singer annoyed me), and Kilkus who were a mental band of the same genre as Lost Prophets, and had a wicked DJ who just went mad at every opportunity. <The Set> The set was made up of the songs on the album <Thefakesoundofprogress>, so I was familiar with every one, and could sing along! All of the main songs, if not all of them were played throughout the night; <thefakesoundofprogress>, <shinobivsdragonninja>, <the handsomelifeofswing>, etc… I was so excited and overwhelmed about seeing this band that I’d listened to and read about for so long, that I’m afraid that I didn’t make a note of the set list and order… <The mosh> The mosh was absolutely amazing, and we were told the next day by the organiser of <The Pitz> that Lost Prophets had said that we were the best crowd they had played to on this tour. At first, there were just a couple of blokes slam-dancing, but by the end of the night, most people in the venue under 25 were either participating in a huge group mosh or pogoing. Throughout the night people kept on blowing up their condoms and throwing them round, I think that by the end of the evening, there must’ve been about five condoms floating about over our heads. I managed to crowd surf twice, which I was really pleased about, and so did half of my mates. <The merchandise>
there was a big merchandise table at the back, where you could buy CDs of the support bands, and T-shirts of Forever until October and Lost Prophets. The T-shirts for Lost Prophets were pretty kewl; sports shirts with the legend <shinobi vs dragonninja> and a <class of 01 – Lost Prophets>, and t-shirts saying <Lost Prohets…..morethanmeetstheeye…>. It was also possible to get girly vest style tops with the logos on, and all tops cost £10, which in relation is a bargain. If anyone was at this gig and saw a sexy little boy in a vest with the previous legend, then he was called Pete, and he was wearing my top. Coincidentally if you saw another sexy boy in a skinny One minute Silence top and ripped jeans, he is called Chettle and that was also one of my tops, and if you saw yet another sexy boy wearing a skinny black top, a long black skirt and black lipstick then he was called David. Just in case you’re interesting hehehe! <The band> I had been told many a time that Lost Prophets were an extremely good looking band, and I wasn’t disappointed! The lead singer is good looking in a slightly pretty-boy way, and there is another that has blond dreads who looked pretty kewl!! Hehehe, but of course that’s not the reason why I went to see them! <The end> This was the most annoying part of the evening. When the set was finished, Lost Prophets left, and everyone went silent <or near enough>. There was no encore, nothing. I tried to drum up support for an encore and about five minutes after they’d gone, me and about twenty people were shouting <we want more! We want more!>, and stamping our feet, but unsurprisingly, this was not enough to make them come back. I was pretty disappointed, because I’m used to having bands make an encore all the time.
Lostprophets have been one of my favourite bands for the last 3 years, and theyve only recently broken into the main stream - now totued as the next big thing and the current british hopes in the metal scene. Mixing an eclectic blend of metal and hip hop predominantly, with jazz, funk, hardcore, pop and electronic influences they have finally broken main stream from the welsh valleys, not only due to the ruthlessly danceable tunes, but boy band goodlooks, and ludicrously energetic live shows. I just though i'd enlighten you with a few facts you might not know... Lostprophets formed late '97 while meeting at university. I first saw them back mid 1998 in a club in Cardiff called Bogiez (now closed) supporting UK Hip-hop metal faves Lockdown - but then called Lozt Prophetz. I was blown away by the onslaught, having just seen Limp Bizkit a month earlier they were my only frame of reference. Hip hop metal, but with soaring emo hardcore choruses and awesome vocals from frontman Ian, and an amazingly tight stage prescence. No one was dancing, so he takes up the dance floor, jumping around like a nut. Ian was at the same time drumming for brutal local hardcore band Public Disturbance, with Mike on guitar. The 'prophets soon released first demo "Here Comez The Party", which got rave reviews in the UK press. A brief UK stint touring with Kill II This brought in more praise (Kerrang said "Great young band" but centred mainly on "singer Ian Watkins' gravity defying strides. Nice checks mate" - oh British metal press...) and they honed their talents playing many gigs around South Wales at local venues, mainly in Cardiff and Swansea (due to complete lack of a metal scene in the native Pontypridd) never quite fitting in with the big punk/ska movement of capital Cardiff. As their university courses drew to a close, the Ian and Mike parted ways with Public Disturbance to concentrate on Lost Prophets (as the 'z'
;s were dropped) while at the same time parting ways with their old dj, but not before recording tracks on what was to form their first album - "Sampler Volume 1" came out - featuring 'The Fake Sound Of Progress', 'm.o.a.c supreme' (later becoming 'Kobrakai'), an early version of 'Awkward', the chill-out track that unfortunately never made it to the album called 'Directions' and a brutally heavy taster called 'A Taste of Things to Come' which was obviously lost from there. Rapid fire rapping and hip hop aspirations had gone, and melody, rhythm and tune had become even more predominant. Shades of 'Faith No Mor'e (espcially Mike Patton-esque vocals) and 'Incubus' but altogether more quirky and fun, and the raw intensity of these little tapes was unmatched. More live gig appearances including a slot at the Uxbridge Uxfest. When uni was over, they managed to ink a deal with new London label Visible Noise an went into the studio to record their debut LP as a five piece, gaining their new dj along the way to keep the breadth of the sampler tape. Songs such as 'Forsure', 'Ode To Summer' and 'Fiveisafourletterword' had already been aired at shows, but most of the other songs had been written in the studio. More touring with Kill II This, Brutal Deluxe put down the promotional sound around the country and bang the album hit the shops (late from its original release date due to pressing problems). Not that I want to sound like a crusty old metaller but the production killed off the dirty heavy sound of the 'Sampler...' tape - a slowed down 'Fakesoundofprogress' and the altered scratching from 'Kobrakai' is a dissappointment (probably only to me...) but the quality of the new tracks more than makes up for that. Lostprophets are a brilliant band who have rose to fame very quickly and totally deserve it - such classy multi layered songs, coming
about by writing the kind of music they all wanted to listen to, show them for the talented individuals they are. Last big moments? - supporting Linea 77 at the Camden Underworld several months back, the exploded onstage like the headline band, being videod for American music/culture TV program 'Farmclub.com'. The world is at their feet - if they write a killer follow up album, and these guys will be unstoppable.
The Lostprophets formed a good few years ago in their home city of Cardiff as a group of 5 teenagers just wanting to ''make music we'd buy ourselves.'' In the underground rock scene thay have built up a fantastic reputation over many years, mostly based on ferocious live shows and then, more reacently, being able to put this onto disc. This may sound a little cliched now, but they are a blend of many different music styles and all have different influences which come through in the music. Trying to compare them is an almost impossible job for a reviewer like myself, so I wont say anything apart from at least give them a try, as the album has many different sounds, with even one song managing to draw comparisons to both Incubus and Fear Factory (not very helpful, but you'd see what I mean when you hear it!). They have been praised heavily by both Kerrang! and Metal Hammer magazines and last year all their hard work was given further approval with their signing to the Visible Noise label. The band; Mike Lewis (guitar) Lee Gaze (guitar) Stuart Richardson (bass) Mike Chiplin (drums) Jamie Oliver(turntables) (NOT that Jamie Oliver though!) and Ian Watkins (vocals) used to be a rap-metal band from their early days but decided to drop this when they saw that this genre was soon to be come over-saturated (as it is indeed) and they took on a stlye of singing not too dissimmilar to that of Faith No More, which coupled with their unique style musically, makes for some very special songs and a very special album. The band still listen to hip-hop and rap and are indeed still influenced by this, just in a less apparent way than previously. The band have toured very heavily for the past few years and are still doing a British tour at the moment. They have gained mant new fans through excellent performances filled with raw energy and enthusiasm from a young band. I
t has been noted that lead singer Ian has jumped into a previously uninterested audience, during the days that they were simply a support band, and get people to take notice of him and his band by getting them to sing along and dance! The 'core five' of all the current line up minus Jamie have been together since their forming in 1997. They released 3 demos, one each year until 1999, which got rave reviews from Metal Hammer magazine, demanding the band be signed up immediately. They then took a few months out to complete their studies and to travel, but now they are back with a vengence! Their first full EP release was titled 'The fake sound of progress' and has shot them into the limelight. Their first single, the oddly named 'Shinobi vs dragon ninja' has reacently been filmed in london and is pending release. The future looks peachy for this British band. The album, is getting more and more fans and they are set to become a major force in British rock. Having already supported Pitchshifter, they look set to soon be selling out shows across the country. Oh, and also, I nearly forgot to mention, that this band have something that many do not...a sense of humour! (If you don't believe me, check out the offical website!) A rock band that don't take themselves too seriously? Is it possible...? Check out the Lostprophets for the answer...