Lost in Company: “The Overly Diplomatic Blues Band.”
Lost in Company lead singer Christopher Johnson comfortably slouches in his spot on a broken-in semi-circle couch, examining and smiling at the rest of the members of the band gathered around him.
Changito, better known as drummer Luis Santos, cracks a joke about his beginnings in Texas. Bassist Benjamin Contios, originally hailing from Massachusetts, admits to a more nomadic life, dictated by whereever music takes him. Guitarists Ryan Reese and Paul McCoy were long time friends of Johnson.
But it wasn’t until the members made connections in Philly in 2009 that Lost in Company emerged.
“The five of us coming together doesn’t really make any sense,” Johnson says with a laugh.
Their song “Entertain,” which is about searching for the answers to keep a girl to stick around, begins with bluesy guitar lead-in to Johnson’s vocals. Like most of Lost in Company’s music, the bass and guitar riffs converge to create the funk, jam, pop and rock fusion that distinguishes the band.
Even Johnson can’t easily describe their sound.
“The things that John Mayer tried to do with pop and the blues, what Maroon 5 tried to do with pop and with Stevie Wonders range of vocal ability,” Johnson explains. “It’s also dance music. And we have a some guitar going on in there like Lenny Kravitz.”
Lost in Company’s self-titled EP was released in 2009. It was recorded in Port Richmond at Cedar Street Studios, which is where they are currently working on their first full length album.
Where the EP was the brainchild of Johnson, the new material is going through a more collaborative process that is both exciting and nervewracking, according to McCoy.
“We almost called ourselves ‘The Overly Diplomatic Blues Band,’” he says. during the recording sessions.”