The great state of North Carolina has always been historically rich when it comes to the landscape of their music; folk, gospel, blues, jazz and rock. In the seventies, a little known young musician by the name of James Taylor came out of NC and his song, Carolina In My Mind, became the state’s unofficial anthem. The college region of the Triangle has brought us many great acts like Corrosion of Conformity, Ben Folds Five and Squirrel Nut Zippers so it’s no surprise that adding to the list of talent from this southern state is the alternative metal/rock band, out of Charlotte, Another Lost Year.
Another Lost Year released Better Days, through Thermal/Megaforce Records over the summer and have been touring non stop in support. Produced by Justin Rimer, (12 Stones), the LP is filled with original music filtering Clinton Cunanan’s soulful rich vocals and solid lyrics written by both Cunanan and guitarist/vocalist Adam Hall, throughout the eleven songs offered on this release. Rounding out their sound is guitarist David Whitaker, Andrew Allender on bass and drummer Lee Norris. If one were to describe who they sound like; well they sound like Another Lost Year, there’s no denying that—but reminiscent of bands such as Creed, Hinder and Default. While the single War On The Inside, shows their more forceful side, Another Lost Year truly hit their stride with the hard-hitting Broken, while What I Deserve, Angels and Come and Gone showcases their more mainstream sound, which lends to the diversity of the band’s ability to cross over into other genres. They were voted best rock band in the Carolinas in 2011 and Sirius Radio has had a love affair with their music as they’ve been ringing through the satellite airwaves.
Another Lost Year describes themselves as “plaid, gangster, a guy with a gnarly beard and bringing rock from NC like never before. The only cure… more cowbell.”