“Subtle yet intricate production” – Line of Best Fit
“The ideal demonstration of their alt-pop prowess” – All Things Go
Amber Run’s new album ‘For A Moment, I Was Lost’ made its digital debut last Friday. The UK four-piece also shared a short documentary about the making of the record, produced by Ben Allen and Sam Winfield.
The band recently announced their signing to Dine Alone Records, who will release ‘For A Moment, I Was Lost’ in the US and Canada, on CD and vinyl, March 17th. The sophomore record is the follow-up to their debut ‘5AM‘ (2015), which has been streamed over 40 million times in North America.
Last week, the band shared the single “Perfect” via All Things Go, who called it “the ideal demonstration of their alt-pop prowess.” The 12-track LP also features the track “Stranger,” for which the band released a video via The Independent.
The band will fly to North America in the fall for an extensive tour supporting ‘For A Moment, I Was Lost.’
Feb 14 – Southampton, UK – Engine Rooms Feb 16 – Newcastle, UK – O2 Academy Feb 17 – Glasgow, UK – QMU Feb 18 – Sheffield, UK – Plug Feb 19 – Hull, UK – Welly Feb 22 – Leeds, UK – Stylus Feb 23 – Manchester, UK – Academy 2
Feb 24 – Bristol, UK – SWX Feb 25 – London, UK – Forum
For A Moment, I Was Lost – TRACKLISTING
2. No Answers
5. Fickle Game
7. White Lie
9. Dark Bloom
11. Are You Home?
In February 2016, Amber Run were at their lowest ebb: dropped by their label, in a creative rut and one member down. Cut to February 2017, and they’ll be releasing ‘For a Moment, I Was Lost’, a second album documenting the struggle of their darkest moments, but also the triumph of emerging from the abyss. The follow-up to 2015 debut ‘5AM’ is defined by torment, fear, anger and most crucially, progress. But to truly understand its themes, it’s important to revisit the band’s bleakest point, where they almost called it a day, stemming partly from a struggle with their previous label.In January 2015 they received the inevitable phonecall from their manager, informing them that they’d been dropped. But instead of caving, each remaining member came to the same conclusion: the songs they’d been working on were worth pursuing, and the band had a bigger purpose than ever. They knew they were going to make another record, regardless of label involvement and in spite of money troubles. For all the turmoil, a wave of bad events helped inspire Amber Run to take matters into their own hands.
Heading into 2017, addressing mental health issues is fortunately no longer a “taboo” subject. Bands are increasingly at ease with documenting their struggles, and there’s less of a general perception that life on the road is easy, all glitz and glamour. But that doesn’t mean this conversation doesn’t still have a long way to go. It’s easy to turn a blind eye to the pressure and expectations heaped on bands– “If people actually knew that period, they wouldn’t see it as
whining,” Keogh says. “[But] people don’t wanna hear about it. They don’t want to know about a struggle.” The truth is, everyone making music does it out of love and passion. And as soon as that process becomes plagued by false expectations, pressures and stresses, these feelings threaten to take over. “Everyone you meet wants to ask you what it’s like to be in a band,” begins Wyeth. “They expect that whole groupies, partying story. They don’t realise that you’re quite often sitting on a sofa, in your tracksuit bottoms, cold, alone, looking at the floor.”
What’s remarkable about ‘For a Moment, I Was Lost’ is how it documents those feelings without being overbearing. By laying bare every hardship of the past few years, it’s a record that goes beyond the promise of ‘5AM’, telling its captivating story in grizzly detail. Best of all, it’s the sound of a band still focused on their initial goal: building something significant and creating a career that will last. Now, they’re on a label built from a foundation of mutual respect, chomping at the bit to finally get these songs on the road. Their current headspace is an inconceivable distance away from what it was a few months back. “This album is such an unbelieveable release of adrenaline and energy,” says Keogh. “And I still totally believe we’ll get to where we wanna be – selling loads of records, headlining festivals. The same ambition’s still there. But we understand the work that has to go into that. And we have a means of doing that, now.”
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