Bands being saddled with names they chose starting out is enough of a problem that there have been several articles written on it. While their original name remains regret-free, local indie/folk band Miss Polygamy made the move to change their band name to Lost to the River. The band leaves behind their blues rock roots and moves more toward an indie/americana sound. With an added maturity to their sound and stage presence, they bring their fans the sound they love while making the move forward with their new music.
LTTR’s decision to change their name came from their evolution as a band. They posted a message to their fans earlier this summer: “Lost to The River emerges from the ruins of Miss Polygamy. Though the members remain the same, the Ottawa quintet has taken a more controlled and provoking approach to their music.” They said, “New name, new logo, new sound… New album” on their Instagram. “We were ready to expand as a band; be more controlled, more rehearsed and thought out.” Frontman Sean Tansey said, “More mature sound, more mature band.” Their singles “Foolish Odd”, “Bloody Mouth”, “Dumb Kid”, and “Impatient” reflect this new sound with dynamic new harmonies and thoughtful lyrics.
During February, Lost to the River drummer Arturo Portacarrero took over Gallery Recording Studio’s while owner Dean Watson was abroad getting married. In Watson’s absence, Lost to the River recorded the majority of their newest album over the three weeks with Portacarerro’s other projects Dear Blackwolf and Gold & Marrow. LTTR plans on touring with their album out this fall, both leading up to its release and promoting it afterwards. The album will have five to seven songs recorded under their new name, and while it isn’t yet titled it is set to be released in the Fall of 2015.
Lost to the River plays Mountain Man Festival this weekend in Calabogie, alongside other local artists like Lucas Haneman, Danielle Allard and Cody Allen. This is the first show they’ve played under their new title, while their last as Miss Polygamy was coincidentally with Cody Allen for his album release May 2nd. The band is looking forward to showing their fans the new material this weekend which they have been working on since February of this year, and hits the LIVE! on Elgin stage Saturday at 5:30pm.
The band is giving away tickets via their Facebook page if fans message them with their former band name and what stage they play at this weekend. Mountain Man Festival is all weekend long and has camping for a non-stop party! Follow Lost to the River on Twitter and Facebook.