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“ When Geoff Travis opened his first Rough Trade Shop at the age of 23 and set about changing the face of independent music culture, he probably never dreamt that his soon to be launched record label would go on to sign the likes of The Smiths, The Libertines and The Strokes, changing popular music […]

When Geoff Travis opened his first Rough Trade Shop at the age of 23 and set about changing the face of independent music culture, he probably never dreamt that his soon to be launched record label would go on to sign the likes of The Smiths, The Libertines and The Strokes, changing popular music for nothing but the good and enhancing countless CD collections worldwide. But he gave it a go anyway.

Today, it’s a couple of softly spoken, 21 year old enthusiasts ‘giving it a go’ – Sara Jade and Nadia, proud owners of Young And Lost Club Records. “If we could have signed anyone, we’d have signed The Strokes,” agree the girls, approving of Travis’ tastes.

Loud And Quiet and Young And Lost are currently sitting in a dimly lit Madame Jo Jo’s, awaiting the doors to fling open for our first birthday party to commence, feasting our eyes on the sight of a Ronnie Wood look-a-like wiping down the bar. Sarah and Nadia have joined us for the evening to look after the turntables, under their DJing duo name, The Pyrrha Girls, adding another string to their showcasing bow.

As for Young And Lost though, lets start from the beginning. “The label has been going for nearly a year now. We set it up legally in December but we started releasing in March 2005. Our first was Vincent Vincent And The Villains,” explains Nadia.

And as a credit to Young And Lost’s fanatic attitude to only releasing music that they are truly fans of, ‘Vincent Vincent’ have shown no sign of leaving the girls and their label alone. While Young And Lost currently release limited singles only, plans for their first full LP release will go to none other than their first signing. “Vincent Vincent And The Villains are the only ones at the moment. There’s a big difference between financing a single and an album but they’ve said that when they’re ready to put something out, they want it to be with us,” says Sara.

So with the feeling mutual it’s not surprising that the girls have formed strong alliances with their other bands too – Larrikin Love, Action Plan and Good Shoes (before they signed a full deal with Brille).

Funding their business venture/full time hobby with sporadic club nights of the same name, Sara and Nadia also don their DJ alter egos every Saturday night, compeering their own mini soir√©e at Mean Fiddler’s Frog, tucked away in the balcony, rivaling the main stage track-for-track with fine tasting bite size nuggets of new dance-a-long indie.

So, perhaps you yourself dabble in guitars, drums, vox, bass or other? Yes? Then you’ll surely be wondering how you’d go about impressing these new queens of fresh-faced pop/rock then.

Nadia: “We look for bands who are the whole package. They look good, sound good, have proper strong songs and are willing to work at it.”

The latter is possibly the most telling of Young And Lost Club’s work ethic. In just a year, they’ve already left a mark on the London scene and the reputation that now precedes them has certainly been ‘worked at’.

From their early ‘Error Campaign’ Club Nights, to their Pyrrha Fanzine that eventually sporned Young And Lost Club Records, Nadia and Sara are hot on Mr. Travis’ heels to snap up the next Strokes.

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