Singer/guitarist Clinton Cunanan says fans consider his rock band, Another Lost Year, just another friend. The Charlotte, North Carolina-bred act wants to show them that they’re regular guys who yearn to release good music.
“We have some great players and we try to showcase them throughout the shows,” Cunanan says via telephone from Jerome, Idaho. “We don’t have matching ensembles. I show up to play in whatever I was wearing when I left the gym.
“People dig the fact that we’re just dudes.”
Another Lost Year—which also includes bassist Adam Hall and guitarist Jorge Sotomarino—is playing Rock into Spring in Henderson, Nevada, on Sunday, April 30, and Rockbar in Scottsdale on Tuesday, May 2. Cunanan isn’t all serious about his gigs, however.
“You can expect me to probably have pants on,” Cunanan says about the show. “I can’t guarantee that, though. No, seriously, when I go to a show, I want to see bands play the songs. If I wanted to listen to the CD, I would put the $10 or $15 CD in and listen to it. Live, I want it conveyed how it should be—not the way the producer polished it in the studio.
“That’s what you get from us. I don’t make up stories and write about them. It’s real-life stuff. We try to portray that through the music.”
Another Lost Year released the album Alien Architect on June 10, 2016, via Mirage M’hal Records/EMP/eOne. The second single from the record, “We All Die Alone,” debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Heatseekers East North Central Region chart. The music, Cunanan says, allows for “maximum fun” at gigs.
“Some songs—older or newer—we leave in the set because they’re so much fun to play,” he says. “We try to exploit the fact that we can harmonize and sing really well together, like The Eagles or Journey. I’m not saying we’re The Eagles or journey, but if the shoe fits. Jorge is one of the best guitar players out there, pound for pound.”
Hall is no slouch in the bass department, either.
“He and I are best friends,” he says. “We live together. I know him like the back of my hand. We have a great front-of-house guy, too, who makes us sound consistent every night, which is extremely advantageous to my voice.”
Rock into Spring, The M Resort Spa Casino, 12300 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Henderson, Nevada, 702.797.1000, rockintospring.com, through Sunday, April 30, $39-$113.
Rockbar, 4245 N. Craftsman Court, Scottsdale, 480.331.9190, rockbarscottsdale.com, 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, $15.