Life On The Road

MUSIC FEATURE: Life On The Road With…Lost Society

For more than a decade the Finnish metal wrecking crew that is Lost Society have delivered crushing riffs, catchy choruses and symphonic flashes. We managed to catch up with vocalist/guitarist Samy Elbanna ahead of their upcoming headline dates to talk all things touring.

Favourite thing about touring:

For me, touring is ultimately the reason I do what I do. Getting to see the faces of the people who support what we do is amazing, and the interaction between band and crowd is one of the most powerful things in this world. Getting to see so many different cities and countries definitely is another great perk. 

Least favourite thing about touring:

The airports and waiting. Obviously it’s pretty much inevitable, but when you’re doing one-off shows during the summer for example, and you’re running on about two hours of sleep and you have to wait at an airport for however long until another short flight somewhere else, you do question your life choices. However, finally getting to do the gig makes it all worth it. 

Five essentials for the road

For me it’s music to listen to, my lyric book, make-up, a toothbrush and most importantly coffee!

Your favourite way to pass the time:

I am honestly the person to just zone out and listen to music and stare at the road. I write all the lyrics in the band and what inspires me the most is seeing different parts of the world and seeing the similarities and differences of each place. It’s crazy how different another place can be that’s even just a few hours away from you.

“The Most”

Memorable moment:

The first time playing in Japan at Loud Park in 2013, at 10:00am infront of four-five thousand people.

Hilarious moment:

Last year, getting told our that show would be stopped if I didn’t climb down from the balcony at the O2 Academy Islington in London.

Embarrassing moment:

The power going out three times during ONE SHOW in Helsinki.

Outrageous moment:

Stage diving during a Children Of Bodom festival show that we were barbecuing on stage for.

Drunken moment:

Getting the COBHC (Children Of Bodom) initiation in Oulu, Finland, after a new year’s eve show with them.

Rewarding moment:

Playing the final show of thirty in a row tour across Europe.

Lost Society’s latest album If The Sky Came Down is out now via Nuclear Blast Records, available to stream or purchase HERE

See Lost Society live at one of the following dates:

October 2023

Tue 17th – SOUTHAMPTON – Joiners
Wed 18th – BRISTOL – Exchange
Thu 19th – WOLVERHAMPTON – KK’s Steel Mill
Fri 20th – LEEDS – The Key Club
Sat 21st – GLASGOW – Cathouse
Sun 22nd – NEWCASTLE – University
Mon 23rd – MANCHESTER – Rebellion
Tue 24th – LONDON – Underworld

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Richard Webb
A Kentish lad in his early thirties. I'm a journalist that loves anything grizzly and gruesome whether it's in music, film or art. My guitar and vinyl collections are amongst my prize possessions and my wardrobe is predominantly black.