Hailing from the city of Norrköping in east Sweden, pg.lost are a post-rock collective who have described their sounds as “Swedish experimental instrumentalism”. In contrast to the largely swamping, unwavering soundscapes of contemporaries such as This Will Destroy You and Explosions In The Sky, the band’s sound is anchored by confrontational riffs and bombastic percussion, transcending the vast melancholy ambience mastered by other outfits within the genre.
The group have put out a number of highly acclaimed releases, with their sonic palette going through a surefire yet gradual evolution between each recording and accompanying tour; ranging from the Yes I Am EP, the demo that caught the attention of indie label Black Star Foundation in 2006, the first full-length album It’s Not Me, It’s You in 2008, to 2009’s In Never Out, and 2012’s Key.
2013 saw pg.lost release a split-side vinyl with Chinese contemporary instrumental rock band Wang Wen, by that point good friends, who they had met through their extensive touring in China.
Their fourth full-length album, 2016’s Versus, released by Pelagic Records, presented many of the band’s familiar, layered, soundscapes; although less of the effect-laden vocals from previous works, paving the way for more synth and keyboard-focused work. The album met widespread acclaim from both critics and fans alike and was toured in front of audiences throughout Europe and Asia.
In 2017, the band’s first live album was released, a recording from their celebrated third performance at the prestigious Dunk! Festival in Belgium, a mecca for instrumental rock fans all over the world. Their performance “left no doubt that this band is on the course for true greatness” and forged their place as a mainstay of the post-rock scene.
The final leg of the band’s upcoming tour will see them headline Pelagic Fest in Berlin, and along with other headline shows, play support for Deftones at Robert Smith’s curated Meltdown Festival in London. The band then intends to return to the studio in Sweden to write and record the anticipated follow-up to Versus.