Some bands have a sound that's incomparable with any other band you've encountered up until then. Malcolm's Lost is one such band. I saw their 'Sustain' 7" at some distro at some show, I was intrigued by the cover, I had some guilders to spare so I got it. Sometimes you got to take a chance with a record! I'm happy to say Malcolm's Lost didn't disappoint. Far from it! This band from Staten Island managed to create a sound of all of their own, and wasn't afraid to do things their own way. Of the 4 songs on this 7", 2 are instrumentals, and they are beautiful, just like the other 2 songs are. They use both electric & acoustic guitars, almost indecypherable samples, frantic bass & drums, additional female vocals in 'Godsend', crazy build-up's. While you can definitely hear the hardcore influences through the cracks, this band managed to go far beyond that and do whatever the hell they wanted and make it sound incredibly good. Moo Cow Records called them 'Brooklyn meets Iceburn', if that helps any. The 'Sustain' 7" was released on Shadow Records in 1993, the same label that also released Next Step Up's 'Heavy'. How's that for a change?!
The previously mentioned Moo Cow Records released a Malcolm's Lost / Cable split 7" the following year. Which also happens to be Cable's first proper release. While the Malcolm's Lost track 'Idle' is again awesome, it is a bit more straight forward than the 'Sustain' 7" and the vocals are more high-pitched. Maybe this is what inspired Mike Ski of Brother's Keeper, hahaha... Nothing against them though, I love Brother's Keeper. The Cable songs are decent, though nothing special really. It's all about Malcolm's Lost on this split as far as I'm concerned.
Anyway, apart from these 2 releases I know nothing about this band. A few years ago I managed to score a Malcolm's Lost t-shirt, with the Shadow Records logo, on the almighty eBay. So if anybody has any info on this band, or additional releases or demo's, please please please let me know. I'm still looking for a copy of the split 7" with the better covers as mentioned on the Moo Cow Records page linked above.
Malcolm's Lost - Sustain 7"
Malcolm's Lost / Cable - split 7"