Back in the summer of 2011, percussionist Ryan Pate, former drummer for the alt/progressive rock act Good News, had teamed up with guitarist Tanner North on a new musical endeavor. They spent the second half of the year writing new material and performing at various open mic nights in and around Kalamazoo. As the year drew to a close, the two recruited bassist Judson Curtis (Of Gods and Wolves) to complete what is now the instrumental trio Lost in Translation.
“We focus on musicality and making sure each song has its own unique, distinct energy,” remarked Pate of the band’s focus, something he also describes as really “serving the song.” Pate continued, “Lost in Translation is the celebration of the interaction between live musicians, creating music in real time.
And what does this celebration sound like? Honestly, you’re probably better served to hear it than to have me describe it:
So where can you catch this progressive rock outfit of awesomeness? Tonight they’ll be joining Hartman & Saxsquatch, providing local support for Many Arms out of Philadelphia, PA at the Corner Record Shop, reopening for a performance just this once, at 9:00pm.
If weekends and drinking are more your thing (isn’t it everybody’s?), you can swing by Louie’s on Friday, April 13th where they’ll be performing with Sleepeater, Apostles and Pan(North) at 9:30pm. They will also be invading Old Dog Tavern on April 20th with Branden Mann and the Reprimand, Combat Corduroy and Item 9. This will be one you definitely don’t want to miss, as guitarist North will be playing a set with none other than Kalamazoo’s own Bill Clements.
Can you say “badass?”