IN THE BEGINING
The seed of what became Lost Gravity was sown two years earlier, in 2005, when Breno relocated to Hamburg for a few months to write some songs. Some of these songs became the core of Lost Gravity current setlist like Anywhere But Home and No Way Out. Other songs which were written later, Selfish and Venom in a Vial, were inspired by his time in Germany.
In 2006, back in Brazil, Breno joined a Bruce Dickinson tribute band which toured all over the State of Sao Paulo. Motivated by that tour, in 2007 Lost Gravity was born in London.
The first line up had Chris Finnerty on the drums, an amazing drummer who once auditioned for a project of Irish songs that Breno was involved. Chris never joined that project and months later randomly bumped into Breno on the London Underground, who told him about the idea of forming Lost Gravity and showed him the songs. Chris liked them and was in for the ride. Al Davies (vocals) and Jon Campbell (bass) completed the first Lost Gravity line up.
At that time most bands in London were playing “indie” music. Lost Gravity was pioneer bringing grunge music back to the local scene. That was well before (at least a couple of years) those famous bands from Seattle reformed and all the new bands started to follow the trend.
In its first year of existence, Lost Gravity played a few shows in the London area and went through many line-up changes.
In January 2008, Lost Gravity recorded their first EP, Anywhere But Home, featuring four tracks: Anywhere But Home, See It Through My Eyes, Venom in A Vial and No Way Out. The line-up at the time was Breno Val (guitar), Mariek Knowles (vocals), Jon Campbell (bass) and Chris Finnerty (drums) .
When they toured to promote the EP, Bull and Gate promoters described them as “the power and energy of Alice in Chains, Megadeth and Soundgarden”. The title track, Anywhere But Home, was played all over the world in many online radio stations. Radio Basile from Florida described them as “outstanding alternative rock stuff! Wonderful songs, great energy, very talented indeed! Absolutely spectacular”.
During 2008 the band played extensively all over London in known venues like The Bull and Gate, The Arts Theatre Club and Fiddlers Elbow. The following year, 2009, Lost Gravity had an almost complete line up change, only founding member Breno Val remaining. Singer Heath Billin and bassist Steve Reddihough (former member of The Machines[disambiguation needed ], currently with Treason) joined the band after replying to an online ad posted by Breno. The band, stronger than ever, played once again all over London and for the first time outside the city in places like Reading, Guildford and Milton Keynes. Promoter Andozka from Milton Keynes described them as “They put their all into everything! They were bloody AWESOME!”.
At the end of 2009 the band recorded their second EP, Selfish, featuring Breno Val on guitars and bass, Heath Billin on vocals and Cesar Dellore on the drums (Breno’s long time friend from Sao Paulo). The front cover of the EP has a famous painting by German artist Otto Dix, Mädchen vor dem Spiegel, painted in 1921, which was destroyed during World War II bombings.
The EP was released in two different formats: digital download and physical cd. The online version included four tracks: Selfish, Friendly Fire, All The Same and Heal. The physical CD came with a bonus track, No Way Out, previously released on Anywhere But Home EP.
Australian website Evolution Guitar video reviewed the EP in February 2010. Mic Buvac said “give these guys a good listen because they’ve got quite a sensibility and feeling to their sounds, but they are very very gutty, balls-to-the-wall rock.”
In 2010 bassist Richard Waldie and drummer Victor Stoyanov joined the band. That year the band once again played many gigs all over London to promote their second EP. For their first time they played in high profile venues like The Water Rats and The 12 Bar in London. In March 2010, Breno Val was the special guest of Total Rock’s radio show Anarchy on the Airwaves, presented by Mad Maz.
In 2011 Breno took over the vocals, bassist Sherlock Michaels (former member of Storm The Gates) and Colombian drummer Phil Ochoa joined the band. On the 3rd of March 2011, for the first time Lost Gravity performs as a trio in an awesome show at The White Lion (Streatham-UK). Glenn Milligan from Metallville webzine describes the band as “a London based trio that seem to match up metal and commercialism all at once. They are damn good at this style”.
Lost Gravity played many gigs in and around London throughout 2011. One of the most important was on the 2nd of May 2011 to raise funds for the victims of the Japanese tsunami. On that occasion Breno dressed up with a Japanese robe while Sherlock wore a Japanese schoolgirl outfit, all in the name of charity. Andy White, singer from Bleed to This joined them on stage for an encore and together they played Metallica’s Enter Sandman.
During 2011 the band also made all their music available for free download or pay as you like to adapt their model to the mp3 age where most fans choose to download the music rather than buy the albums.
Their third EP simply named Lost Gravity III was released via Priston Records in June 2012 featuring 3 brand new songs and one acoustic version of Selfish that it was recorded live. In Autumn 2012 bassist Iggy Nulli and drummer Giuliano Kolling joined the band. The first gig with the new line up took place at The White Lion, Streatham (London) on the 9th of November 2012.
Throughout 2013 the band played many gigs around London expanding their fan base and getting their music tighter than ever as for the first time the band managed to have a stable line up for over 12 months.
Have you Lost Gravity yet?