by Lauren Rosier
This past weekend was an incredible experience at the Dewey Beach Music Conference and I began to think about what record I wanted to cover for my next Lost and Found piece. It had to be a band and an album that completely resonated with me and changed my life. After hanging out with some old friends, who I hadn’t seen in years, Megan and Derek Euston, and Matt Holmes, at the conference, I knew exactly what band I wanted to cover. That band is the Underwater from York, PA and their EP, Lungs. You see, in the history of the Underwater, both Derek and Matt had been members of the band.
The Underwater was a huge band in the Central Pennsylvania area beginning with their inception in late 2001 until they disbanded in the late 2000s. The rock band released their first EP, Bleed Me Blue, in 2003, which gave them the opportunity to tour nationally with hardcore greats Zao, Unearth, Underoath, and Dead Poetic.
In 2005, the band released Lungs. If you have not yet heard this record, you’re in for a great treat and surprise. Lungs opens with “Breathing” – an epic hard rock track with pounding guitar work and an intense vocal performance by Dan Thomas. It was always one of my favorites of theirs to see live.
“Losing Me” is probably one of my favorite tracks on the EP and the lyrics are simple, yet emotional: “I can’t give you my heart / ‘Cause every time you just send it back / And oh oh oh / I can’t give you my arms / You never get close enough for that…”
The guys continued to include incredible hard rock songs on this album that were filled with love-laden lyrics like on “Where Love Should Lie”. Thomas sings about looking for love on this song. “Is true love even possible / For me it seems improbable / Because I have so many faces / Some simple, some complicated / These tides keep turning on me / My love keep me from sinking / ‘Cause I won’t be half a whole / I won’t be broken anymore / Weary hearts will rest in peace / And I just can’t wait to / Call me unrealistic for being optimistic.”
The band went onto release a full-length LP titled Forces in 2008, which included some of the tracks off Lungs, but that’s for another story.