Jay Reatard’s early Band Lost Sounds veered from rock‘n’roll primitivism into synth-punk futurism, but the result wasn’t dance music—it was panic music.
For much of his Career, Jay Lindsey’s reputation for being prolific was matched only by his reputation for antagonism. And the artist better known as Jay Reatard was a fighter to the end—in his final tweet, typed out 36 hours before his body was found in January 2010, he was issuing a bounty on the heads of the New Jersey garage band Liquor Store. But at the time of his passing, Lindsey’s volatile public persona had begun to contrast sharply with his artistic maturation. The Album that proved to be his swan song, 2009’s Watch Me Fall, found him trading adrenalized punk for Flying Nun-inspired jangle pop, and those in his inner circle say he had designs on venturing into mellower Neil Young-style country-rock territory and retiring the Reatard moniker altogether. But if Lindsey’s late career was marked a growing disconnect between his creative and destructive impulses, these two sides fused perfectly in Lost Sounds.