By Lynn Lieu
CITY OF ORIGIN: Ontario.
KINDRED SPIRITS: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Nirvana, The Beatles, The Doors, Muse and The Strokes.
RECENT RELEASES: LIVE: At the Wire (Oct. 13, 2012), Mastermind EP (Oct. 26, 2012)
FREQUENTS: Typically Ontario, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga and Upland.
It’s unusual for an up-and-coming band to release a live record as a debut but Lost Realities felt nothing short of comfortable showcasing its raw talent. “It was such a comfortable feeling once we started. That’s what I love about The Wire, once those lights dimmed it felt like it was only us four. The crowd that night gave us an energy to feed off of. Something I haven’t felt in a long time,” says Richard Elias. “After when we heard ourselves live, we were blown away with the mix and mastering of the demo. It was a great night and great show! Our best one so far! It’s the best place for local bands to make some noise.” While Lost Realities won’t be playing at the Upland venue this week, the band will make its way to Cucamonga Brewing Co. and Aladdin Jr.
How did you get involved in music/how did your band form?
Richard Elias: Me and Cristoval used to be in a punk band in high school. After high school we experienced and focused on other musical projects. I met up with him honestly to see how he was doing then he told me about his vision on his music and it was the same as mine. I missed being in a band and making music, so Cristoval and I pretty much got things started and shortly after recruited Cortes on guitar. Of course like always we needed a bassist. Cris found Juan “Grass” Marquez, naturally a guitarist, who joined the band as a bassist and thus we finally got a full band together.
Juan Cortes: Cristoval and myself used to play in separate reggae/ska bands, and occasionally we would play shows together. After both our projects disbanded, Cris called me up to jam with him and Richard, not long afterward Juan a.k.a. Grass, joined the jam sessions as bassist, and the rest as they say is history.
Can you tell us about the recent live recording at The Wire?
Simonian: The Wire has been a venue that has been around since our first band took off. We played their frequently throughout the years, so it was a really big thing for us to go back and perform there as the Lost Realities. The Wire has an amazing sound quality to it, and an awesome sound engineer, so we took the opportunity to have it recorded live.
What made you guys decide to do this?
Simonian: We were curious to hear ourselves perform live, I suppose. We all feel that our performance is at its best when we are playing in front of a live audience because the energy is at its peak. We can express ourselves without any limitation. Pure raw energy.
Lost Realities at Cucamonga Brewing Co., 11837 Foothill Blvd., Ste. A, Rancho Cucamonga, (909) 477-4377; www.cucamongabrewingco.com. Nov. 2. And at Aladdin Jr. Restaurant and Café, 3161 N. Garey Ave., Pomona, (909) 593-3887; www.aladdinjrrestaurant.com. Nov. 10.