If there is ever a good omen, having your band name delivered to you via a dream is one of them.
And that is exactly what happened to the Irish-born, Liverpool-based duo The Lost Brothers – who settled on their name after a friend had a dream.
Oisin Leech, guitarist, says: “We were called a Weird Pear and we’d just come back from Portland in the USA, where we recorded an album and our friend had woken up from a dream to find ‘lost brothers’ scribbled in charcoal on a piece of paper.”
The name stuck.
And now, the harmony-drenched duo are touring material from their latest album, New Songs of Dawn and Dust.
The album is a tender, moving affair soaked in subtle musicality and rich lyrics.
Derridae is a warning about heartache and eternal turmoil yet, in spite of its harsh message, gentle harmonies and flashes of lap steel guitar make it strangely uplifting number.
The duo formed in 2007 and have since collaborated with artists such as Richard Hawley’s session man Colin Elliot at Yellow Arch in Sheffield and Brendan Benson’s band in Nashville.
The band are almost permanently on tour this year, but it is the road that gives them greatest inspiration.
Oisin says: “There’s a song called Stone’s Throw and that’s a reflection of touring life, it was inspired by Woodstock and written in Leeds.”
n The Lost Brothers play St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Nether Edge, Sheffield, on Saturday, supporting Neil McSweeney. For tickets, priced £8, visit www.thelostbrothersband.com