Lost Possum

Wednesday, December 1, 2004

By Mike Crowden

Self-described as a mix of old-school classic rock with modern heavy riffs and a bit of swampy "stoner rock" attitude, Lost Possum has fans raving over Internet chat rooms and forums and lining up to get tickets for their live performances.

"They're a very talented, tight-knit band," says Mary Ramsey, publicist for Lost Possum. "They have something, they really do. The response from Cape's music fans has been overwhelming."

Despite the many musical interests of Lost Possum's five member, lead singer Brock Garrison says the band works well together. "We practice a lot and get better all the time. We don't really have problems with each other or as a band. It just keeps getting better all the time."

Soft-spoken, shy and calm are words that come to mind upon meeting Garrison. That changes, though, once Garrsion is onstage with his band, Lost Possum.

"It's weird to me," Garrison says. "I grew up being really shy, the kid who was afraid to speak in front of the class or read to the class. And I was nervous and timid the first time I was onstage. But, someone came up to me and said, 'Wow, you're a really good singer.' It just left and I knew I could do this."

"He really seems to get into his music," adds Ramsey. "When you watch Lost Possum, you can see that they really feel their music."

According to Garrison, songwriting comes fast for the band. Let You Go, the first song written by the band, happened in 15 minutes. "While the music was playing, the song just came out. We'd been playing mostly covers until that point. Once we wrote that song, we realized, 'Okay, this is what we need to be doing.'

We all work well together during the process. If someone has an idea, we pound it out until it happens. It seems to happen pretty fast, most of the time."

For Garrison, almost all of his songs come out of relationships. "I've noticed that when you're trying to write about something, it doesn't happen for me. But, when the song comes from experience or from inside, or when it has meaning behind it, it just comes out," Garrison says.

Although Nowhere To Go may be the title of their debut LP, Lost Possum has places to go. The band plans to play gigs in Cape Girardeau, St. Louis, Nashville and Memphis and has submitted their LP to various independent artist festivals, including South by Southwest in Austin, Tex. The band's ultimate goal is to be signed by a label.

For Lost Possum downloads, log on to www.lostpossum.com. Be sure to catch Lost Possum in Cape Girardeau this December.

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