Lost Cousins are finding their sound

Queen’s native band prepares to make waves in the Kingston music scene this upcoming school year

Lost Cousins band members Cam Duffin and Murray Spencer first met in 2007.
Lost Cousins band members Cam Duffin and Murray Spencer first met in 2007.

Multiple performances in Ottawa, Barrie and Toronto indicated a strong end-of-summer finish for indie-rock band Lost Cousins, who hope to continue the success this year with an influx of new music.

The Kingston band is comprised of members Dylan Hay, Sci ’15, on bass guitar, Cam Duffin, ArtSci ’15, on drums, Murray Spencer on guitar, Lloyd McArton, ConEd ’14, on guitar and saxophone and Thomas Dashney, CompSci ’15, on keyboard.

All members contribute equally to vocals.

They created the band starting in 2007 with Duffin and Spencer, Hay in 2011, and the rest in 2013 onwards.

The band, originally called Mountain City, chose to change their name to Lost Cousins.

“We chose our name because of how our band met and came together over a long period of time and through different occurrences,” Hay said.

Since most of the members attend Queen’s, the majority of the fanbase are students who see the band as a household name in Kingston.

“Most of our crowd is Queen’s students and it’s great to play for them,” Hay added.

“We’ve been gathering a solid fanbase of students and close friends who always come out and give us energy and help us really give a great show.”

Although there is a bit of a divide between the Kingston local crowd and student crowd, the solid following of friends and supporters that come out to cheer the band on help make their shows in Kingston special and fun for the band to play.

Lost Cousins are looking to take a different approach to their music this year, having worked diligently to produce precise songwriting skills they felt would be more in sync with their sound.

The band is ready to continue their creative process and show off their new music to their long-time friends and fans, Hay said.

“We’ve had time over the summer to really work on some new material and really flesh out a bunch of songs that we really like,” he said.

“We have a lot of new material in our back pockets that we’re hoping to put out soon.”


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