The Approachables - Lost Souls

The Approachables - Lost Souls

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Lost Souls is the 4th full length album by Ontario rock band, The Approachables, released in summer of 2019.

This album continues to dive deeper into the - some might say unexpectedly - robust back-catalog of the band, spear-headed by the most obsessive 1/6th of the band, Young Coconut, and his desire to ensure that the band's unwieldy glut of songs are recorded, if only for posterity.

"The thing that's always irked me..." states Coconut, "...is that this band had so many songs demoed, but none were recorded in any meaningful way that people might enjoy.  That's why I wanted to keep going with these albums, because I think a lot of these songs are good - quite enjoyable, actually."

Indeed, Lost Souls takes a look at songs that were recorded on rare EP's, like "A Pipe For Every Problem", and "Big Night Out", and brings them back as part of this LP in a sequence more to the liking of potential fans. "The original version of Pipe we did wasn't bad, but it could have been better.  We'd just started recording at that point, so I suppose for a home recording it was decent.  And Big Night Out was always a great song, but the recording we did with this Ted guy was virtually unlistenable. I hope no one ever hears that."

The Coconut ruminating continues, "I've always been a fan of obscure tracks by bands that I like, so I figured the same would go for The Approachables, even though basically all of our tracks are obscure because the band itself is very remote and obscure.  But these tracks are even MORE obscure, so I really like that!"

And continues... "Take a song like Red Lecture.  That song has been around for a long time, but we literally never played it live I don't think outside of a few jams.  Jason wrote the riff, and for whatever reason, it was called Red Lecture.  It didn't have words, at first, but then it sort of became a war dirge of some sort.  That's what it was, to me.  During the recording process, it still made sense to call it that and it was one of the more natural songs that emerged from the process.  It was like, Red Lecture?  Yeah, got it.  Add in some Putin.  Done."

The same could be said for many songs on this album, it would appear.  Many of these songs were recorded on 4-track, with their titles, and some of their lyrics, ready to go.  It's just that no one had bothered to listen back to the tapes to remind themselves that these songs even existed.  Coco interjects - "See, I had the tapes, because I mostly recorded our jam sessions and cataloged everything.  I have OCD, so remembering what was what was no problem.  I tend to remember riffs, and so all of these songs to me just needed a quick brush up and I was able to lay down some tracks.  The saddest part about all this to me is that most of the band, except for Marco on a few tracks, was AWOL / moved on with their lives and no longer had any interest in these songs or the band in general.  Oh well, that's life I guess..."