We Lost The Sea are a cinematic instrumental band from Sydney Australia.
Formed in 2007, friends came together to create a new collection of noise that gathers relentless crushing guitars together with post-rock atmospherics and melody. Incorporating elements that hold up to the likes of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Cult Of Luna, Mogwai and Sigur Ros.
They released their first record entitled ‘Crimea’ – engineered and mixed by Magnus Lindberg of Cult of Luna in mid 2010.
In 2012, they released their second record ‘The Quietest Place on Earth’ through Bird’s Robe Records, to acclaim from both fans and critics alike at home and internationally, making best album lists of 2012 above bands like Converge and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and best sellers on Bandcamp.
At the start of 2012, there was a slight change of line up and this breathed fresh air into the band. They kicked off the second half of 2012 with a bang, supporting Rosetta (US) and playing a handful of highly successful local shows including their sold out album launch. Lochlan Watt from Triple j’s THE RACKET, put We Lost The Sea’s performance supporting Rosetta as the number one Australian performance of the year in the Drum Media writers poll.
In March 2013, their close friend and vocalist of the band, Chris Torpy, sadly took his own life aged only 24. This, naturally, was devastating for the band and the rest of 2013 was a rough ride, playing only 2 shows. One was supporting This Will Destroy You at the Annandale, which was a special and emotional show for band, friends and fans alike, being the first show without Chris since the formation of the band. The other supporting The Red Paintings at the HiFi in Sydney. Both shows had great reviews and it was a powerful performance so soon after the tragedy.
2015 sees the band back releasing their third LP ‘ Departure Songs’. This record will be a slight shift away from their old dynamic, not so unintentional as maturing in sound, and the most personally experimental and emotional so far. Departure Songs is inspired by failed, yet epic and honourable journeys or events throughout history where people have done extraordinary things for the greater good of those around them, and the progress of the human race itself. Each song has it’s own story and is a soundtrack to that story.
“Take what you will from We Lost The Sea’s latest release, it’s an eye opener of sorts for fans wanting a continuation of music. For those just learning about this wonderful band, it’s accessible, enjoyable and has a lasting value to outweigh all others. ‘Departure Songs’ is sure to be featured in my End Of Year “Best Of 2015″ feature.” – The Sonic Sensory
“(we Lost the sea) are capable of producing music that is on-par — if not better than — the vast majority of what is offered internationally. I only hope a day will come where bands such as We Lost the Sea get the attention they serve on the world stage” – Metalobsession.net
“The compositions are thoughtful, the performances faultless. This all adds up to an aural journey packed with emotion, tension, drifting highs and intense, crushing lows that treads an unexpected path” – Thisisnotascene.com
“The relatively simple production does give the impression that We Lost The Sea are tremendous live and I bet they are. I hope these guys continue to push themselves creatively and have a long career as a band. I know I am excited to hear what they do next.” – Echoesanddust.com
“In terms of technicality and songwriting, this album is an undisputed winner. The usage of three guitars has been perfect to the core, yet the bass and drums were never underused. These mind blowing artists have devoted three years of their time to create something that is so variant from their usual style and yet it has induced a tsunami of emotions oozing out of every pore of my soul.” – Post-Rock Essentials
“We Lost The Sea were the absolute highlights of the night. A statement so bold wouldn’t generally come so early in a review, usually electing to lull the reader into some sort of suspense before finally reasoning that the support act ultimately trumped the headliner. Too bad. This band was really exciting. ” – TheMusic.com.au review – Jakob in Sydney, Nov 2014
We Lost The Sea is:
Matt Harvey – Guitars
Mark Owen – Guitars
Carl Whitbread – Guitars
Kieran Elliott – Bass
Mathew Kelly – Piano and Synths
Nathaniel D’Ugo – Drums
Triumph & Disaster oct/2019
Triumph & Disaster is a post-apocalyptic view on the collapse of the world told like a children’s story and illustrated through the eyes of a mother and her son as they spend one last day on Earth. The music is the narrative for the destruction and tragedy. The words tell the story of love, loss and letting go.
It is a sad love letter about the collapse of the planet as told through a lens of intricate guitars and striking colour. The album deliberates themes and events such as the climate crisis, over consumption, isolation and the loss of love and trust. It is a lament for the planet, all the people on it and the beauty that will be left behind.
This is a pre-order.
Triumph & Disaster is out October 4 via Bird’s Robe Records (Australia) and October 25 via Translation Loss (US), Holy Roar (UK) and Dunk!Records (EU).
released October 4, 2019
Departure Songs – Live at Dunk!Fest 2017
This is a live recording of the band’s first ever overseas show at Dunk!Fest in Zottegem, Belgium in June 2017 where we played Departure Songs in full. A show we almost missed after blowing out two tyres on our gear trailer somewhere on the side of a German motorway.
This is an energetic and visceral rendition of Departure Songs by a band who were excited to be in Europe on a big stage.
This 180gm double vinyl is being released through WLTS and Bird’s Robe Records (AUS/Asia) Dunk!Records (EU) and Translation Loss Records (US). Each label will have their own exclusive colour variant.
Departure Songs jul/2015
Departure Songs is inspired by failed, yet epic and honourable journeys or events throughout history where people have done extraordinary things for the greater good of those around them, and the progress of the human race itself. This is a celebration and a tribute. Each song has it’s own story and is a soundtrack to that story.
This is our 3rd album and our first instrumental album. We’re exploring new ground and exploring ourselves in the past 2 and a bit years since Chris went on his own journey. It’s slightly bleak with shimmers of hope and layers of emotion. It’s a tribute and a catharsis of emotion and honesty.
Crimea (Remastered) apr/2014
Lyrics inspirited by Wrapped in Whirlwinds, Poems of the Crimean War by Harry Turner.
Recorded and Produced at Sing Sing Studios Melbourne by Magnus Lindberg.
Pro-Tools operator Gareth Burnell.
Mixed and mastered at Tonteknik Recording Sweden by Magnus Lindberg.
Remixed by Tim Carr at Studios 301 Sydney.
Remastered by Andrew Edgson at Studios 301 Sydney.
Inside photo by Carl Whitbread.
Illustration by Craig Johnson.
Image of Sevastopol painting is public domain.
Layout and design by Matt Harvey.
All songs written and performed by We Lost The Sea.
Additional tambourine on March to Scutari by Magnus Lindberg.
This record was self-funded and released by We Lost The Sea, 2014.
Originally released 24 July 2010.
Special thanks to Bird’s Robe Records.
This album is dedicated to the life, music, voice, and memory of
Chris Torpy (1988 – 2013)
Rest in peace brother.
The Quietest Place On Earth dec/2012
“The Quietest Place on Earth is the follow up to We Lost the Sea’s acclaimed first record, ‘Crimea.’ This record displays the band in peak form, showing maturity in song writing and a unprecedented culmination of styles. Out through Birds Robe Records, ‘The Quietest Place on Earth, will take you on a emotional journey, the soaring post rock will slowly raise you high above the earths atmosphere in space, where time has no sway, and then bring you crashing down to the depths of the ocean, where you will feel the weight of We Lost the Sea crushing down upon you.”
This record is dedicated to the memory of Chris Torpy. Rest in peace brother.
Recorded and engineered by Tim Carr at 301 Studios in Sydney.
Michael Henaghan Huge, metallic-tinged Post-Rock music for fans of Pelican, Isis, Mogwai and Cult of Luna, though We Lost The Sea also incorporate stately orchestral/near ambient-like passages (‘The Vessel’) and elements of the hard-hitting noise metal of Will Haven (‘Balaklava Cold’), especially with the strained vocals peppered throughout. ‘March To Scutari’ is an absolute behemoth and an LP showpiece, but the likes of ‘Hail! Star..’ is also as hypnotic as it is spectacular. Favorite track: March To Scutari.