Friday, April 18, 2014

The Lost Wheels on "Live From Studio Five!"

By Brian P. Rubin (the drummer)

Look, let’s get this out of the way up front. I’m the drummer of the band this blog post is about. The band is called the Lost Wheels, and I’m in the band (I play the drums), and, oh, did I mention I’m the drummer in the Lost Wheels, the band that this blog post is about?


So the Lost Wheels swung by KFAI on Wednesday during an unseasonable (and unwelcome) snow-and-rainstorm that did nothing to dampen the spirits inside Studio Five. The five of us—Dan Warner on vocals and guitar, Walt Kruhoeffer on lead and slide guitar, Daniel J. Scott on bass and vocals, Andrew J. Frederick on keys, and, oh yeah, me, Brian P. Rubin on drums and vocals—were joined by Doug the Thug and Dewglass, and we all had a rousing good time. The Thug was especially taken with Fred’s keyboard that did an admirable job of simulating a B3 Hammond Organ.

It’s not surprising. We are all often fascinated with Fred’s organ.

We played almost every song off of our debut LP Rule for a Day, including tunes like “Hardline,” “Lose Control,” “Me & You,” and “Take Me Down.” They also played songs not yet recorded, like, “Mindy (Transcendent Flight Attendent)” and the live debut of “Love Machine,” which featured Dan Scott on lead vocals. 

There were also a fair few covers, like “Rocky Mountain Way” by Joe Walsh, “Runaway Train” by Australian songwriter Kasey Chambers, and a semi-competent rendition of the Beatles’ “Come Together.”

Speaking of coming together, we also chatted a bit about how we first got together as a band, which was a blend of old friends and blind Craigslist luck. We’re fortunate that we don’t hate each other and actually have a good time when we get together. I give it another two months. We also mentioned that we got the name “The Lost Wheels” when one time a wheel fell off an amplifier.

Warner summed up the inspiration: “It was one of those lightning bolt moments where you say, ‘we have nothing better.’” And thus, a legend was born.

The Lost Wheels (again, that’s my band) will be playing at Gluek’s in Downtown Minneapolis on Saturday night starting at about 9:30 p.m. until we close the place down. Then we’ll be back at Famous Dave’s in Uptown Minneapolis on May 4 to compete in the semi-final installment of the Battle of the Blues Bands. And then we’ll be back on KFAI’s “Live From Studio Five!” during the show’s second remote at the Nomad World Pub on May 7. You lucky devils!

And if you want to find out all you can about the Lost Wheels, be sure to check out our website,, or look at our page on Facebook, which is, or catch all our funny funny tweets on our Twitter page at, oh, and there’s a Bandcamp page that features our album, Rule for a Day. So get over there and listen and maybe even buy it? Please? Thanks.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled bloggery. I apologize for being so obnoxious—I promise, it won’t happen again (probably). 

If you missed this show, you can listen to it at ANY time from ANYWHERE on the planet on our PERMANENT archives here:
Check out the video of that show on our You Tube page here:
You can see the Flickr pix from that show here:

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