Lost Demos present their first song in three years: Watching the World Go Down; a song which beautifully articulates the frustrations – and the possibilities – of this strange new Covid-19 era.
Watching the World Go Down captures the ups and downs that we’re going through: the loneliness, fears and worries of our collective lockdown, and the hopes for what may come after. We’re separated, but strangely together. From this time some greater good may come, and because of our bubbles we’re more aware than ever of facing these challenges with, or without, those we love.
And it’s an earworm of a song. Lost Demos’ ramshackle sound is in full play, with a hook that’s hard to shake.
Fun fact: “In 2017 Auckland composer and musician Peter Hobbs (Lost Demos) picked up one of the international film industry’s highest honours with a Gold World Medal for Best Original Music in the 2017 New York Festival’s International Television and Film Awards. His soundtrack for the NZ On Air and TVNZ funded film Jean, based on the life of Jean Batten, won the top prize, with ‘Jean’ collecting a remarkable nine awards on the night.” NZ Musician
Hobbs also picked up a Gold award at the 2018 Axis Awards in Craft for Sound Design for Prime TV’s Human Serengeti – M+AD!
The video for Watching the World Go Down is also very much of our time. Lost Demos cut their individual lockdown parts together with clips of their friends and families singing along in their own lockdown bubbles. The result is lovely: a feel-good, collective Zoom-style collage. Watch the video here.
About Lost Demos
Lost Demos are a group of musical friends based around the songs of award-winning film/TV composer Peter Hobbs. They are: Peter Hobbs – guitar, vocals; Andrea Holmes – drums, backing vocals; Jon Baxter – Trumpet; Puck Murphy – banjo, accordion; Kieran Scott – electric and slide guitar, Rua Sargent – bass, double bass.
Lost Demos’ debut EP Viva Lost Demos won critical acclaim and was a finalist for the 2017 Taite Music Prize. They are currently recording an album based on the infamous Maungatapu Murders of 1866, to be released late 2020.
“Swampy low-fi…songs with a southern gothic mood that juxtapose noisy, cynical musings of the modern age with old-timey foot-stomping country” – Viva Lost Demos review, Second-Hand News, 2017
“…woozy, ramshackle, swampy, bluesy material that has just a wee bit of Tom Waits and Nick Cave in the influences, noticeable especially on the raucous Fired Up For You.” – Viva Lost Demos review, New Zealand Musician, 2017