By Nicholas Jason Lopez
The COVID-19 pandemic has been met with frowns aplenty across the music industry, but it has surely allowed for unique opportunities.
Such was the case for Asbury Park, N.J.-based punk act Lost In Society, who recorded their single “Say Anything” in mid-quarantine, which made it their first song written and produced in their own studio space.
The track – which explores the theme of relationship-riddled anxiety and showing vulnerability – is featured on the group’s recently released EP ‘Stay Jaded’ via Wiretap Records. The band also dropped their official video for latest single “Pissgrave” at the beginning of the month.
The Music Bugle had the chance to speak with bassist Nick Ruroede about ‘Stay Jaded’ and more.
Music Bugle – How would you describe New Jersey to someone who has never been there before?
Nick Ruroede – I would say watch “The Sopranos.” It’s a pretty accurate representation, but less murdery.
Music Bugle – What excites you the most about your style of music?
Nick Ruroede – I’m a big fan of uptempo music. I love all types of music, but the energy and community of a small room punk show is unparalleled.
Music Bugle – How was the band name decided?
Nick Ruroede – Zach and I have been playing together for a very long time and it was one that we decided on in high school. Nothing cool, sorry, just teen angst! (Laughs)
Music Bugle – What was your goal for your previous single “Say Anything”?
Nick Ruroede – We dove into some self-production during the pandemic by releasing some covers. I really wanted “Say Anything” to sound good and hold up to big budget recordings. It was definitely a journey, but “Say Anything” definitely ended up accomplishing that goal.
Music Bugle – What was it like putting together your EP ‘Stay Jaded’?
Nick Ruroede – It was a lot of fun. “Say Anything” and “Pissgrave” were the first things we worked on as a four-piece, which was a cool change of pace. Those songs were also self-produced. After releasing music for the same way so long, it was cool to switch things up.
Music Bugle – How else have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Nick Ruroede – On a personal level, we were all pretty lucky and made it through everything okay. We definitely miss playing shows. We toured a lot, so it’s been a bit strange. It was really nice having the time to focus on writing and learning to record.
Music Bugle – Does social media help or hurt musicians?
Nick Ruroede – It’s a double-edge sword, for sure. I think it’s possible now to become a huge artist from the comfort of your home without having to kill yourself on the road. However, killing yourself on the road lets you hone your craft and it has also becoming difficult to stick out in the crowd when you are up against so much content.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
Nick Ruroede – Top five right now, in no particular order, are The Beths, Green Day, Martha, Iron Chic and Mannequin Pussy.
Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need a break?
Nick Ruroede – Unfortunately, I’m a terrible work-a-holic, so nowhere.
Music Bugle – What’s a quote that motivates you to keep doing what you do?
Nick Ruroede – “The prize for winning the pie-eating contest is more pie.”