Nick Alexander Stage: THE ONLY HUMANS
Across the four days of Lost Evenings 3 there are seven acts appearing each day of the festival and that’s BEFORE Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls headline.
Leading up to the festival the Solo Armada will be highlighting some of the supports and who they are, particularly those that are appearing on the Nick Alexander Stage. Some bands/artists you may already be familiar with but some might be a complete mystery.
Hopefully by the time we have published the last article you will not only have discovered new music but also have a clearer idea of who you definitely want to see on the Nick Alexander Stage at Lost Evenings 3.
The Solo Armada will be there throughout welcoming those that have travelled to the festival alone and who would like some company to laugh, dance and sing. However ANYONE is welcome to join us, it’s about having as good a time as possible!
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If there’s only one other band besides Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls that you get to see at Lost Evenings 3 it has to be The Only Humans, the winners of the Xtra Mile Recordings support slot. Before the last remaining supports for the final night of LE3 were revealed Xtra Mile held a competition for local Boston bands/artists to apply for one of the slots available on the Nick Alexander Stage. The Only Humans were chosen and rightly so. We spoke to lead singer and guitarist, Tim Howd to find out what the experience was like and how it feels to be playing at Lost Evenings 3…
The Only Humans sing only sad songs, but nobody believes them. With Greenwich Village folk sensibilities and punk rock energy, The Only Humans’ lyric-driven songs seek to turn lonely-in-the-crowded-room moments into violin-shredding bangers. They released their first album, “Oh, God!” Or: The Unfortunate Lens of Happiness in 2017, and over the next few years, they intend to take their 50+ (and counting) unrecorded songs and divine the exact centre of the spectrum between DIY acoustic home-recordings and full blown Meat Loaf-level orchestration and production.
What made you apply to the Xtra Mile competition?
I have always been the biggest fan of the sense of community Frank Turner, his collaborators, and his fans engender. When you’re at a Frank Turner show, or reading his posts about other musicians or his collaborators, you never get the feeling that he is working some kind of angle. You get a sense that he is a musician who is excited and grateful to be doing what he is doing and excited to share that with as many people as possible. I think Lost Evenings is the culmination of that sense of community, and everyone participating in Lost Evenings embodies that same spirit.
We are happy to play almost any show we can, but the pinnacle for us would be playing at an event like Lost Evenings. Experiencing this coming together of people with a common bond, people just thrilled to be playing music with and for other people, is so high up on our list that not applying for this competition was out of the question.
I went back and reviewed my original email, and the contest rules, just in case it was a situation like, “Everybody who enters wins!” or maybe everyone else who tried to enter got the wrong email so we got in by default. Like I said, you tend to automatically temper expectations.
But as we followed up with the record company and got more details about the show and actually saw our name added to the official admat for the weekend, it sank in that we were actually going to be a part of the event.
The Only Humans are:
Renée Gauthier (Violin, Bass, Vocals)
Tim Howd (Vocals, Rhythm Guitar)
Neil Morrissey (Violin)
Kyle Rossi (Lead Guitar, Bass)
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