Earlier this year saw the release of ‘Snakes & Ladders’ from Joburg-based duo, Lost&Found. This is the second album from the band, comprising of Glen Hodgson and Jason Oosthuizen. Their self-titled debut album received a SAMA nomination in 2016.
Lost&Found have been touring extensively with their new album. We caught up Glen to find out more.
Congrats on the release of your second album! Tell us more about the name ‘Snakes & Ladders’ and the interesting cover art.
Naming albums is never an easy process, and what normally happens is that it end up being a last minute decision. We decided on Snakes & Ladders because the game is a bit of an analogy for life – ups and downs, people jumping over each other, and just to all end up at the same place.
The cover art was Jason’s idea. All our friends were having babies so we thought that we should have one too.
What can fans expect from this album? Do you think the style has changed from the first one?
Definitely. I think after touring for two years we have settled on a sound – which is a lot heavier than the first album. However the cool thing is that we also have the older material that can be used for acoustic shows – so I think we’ve got all bases covered.
You recently toured Taiwan – how did that come about, and how was it?
Jason has friends in Taiwan from the Van Coke days so he was able to throw together a cool tour here (we are literally on our way to the airport as I type this.) It was a jol. We played some club shows and then Saffafest which was awesome. We almost collapsed the stage when Jason invited the whole crowd to come up.
Your first album was nominated for a SAMA – how important is this type of recognition to you as artists?
It’s a feather in the cap for sure, but we don’t really take those kind of things too seriously – we’re just happy to be touring and to have our music out there.
You both do work in the music industry outside of Lost&Found – how do you balance the various hats you wear?
I’ve got no idea, but Google calender certainly helps.
Pictures: Christelle Duvenhage