Most of us -having been the drummer for an internationally successful alternative rock band for over ten years then subsequently let go out of the blue for no reason- would more than likely curl up into a ball and drown our sorrows in lousy food, lousy booze, and self-contempt. Right? Well maybe I’m speaking for myself, because I know I’m not speaking for Steve Hewitt.
Hewitt was the man behind the drum kit for Placebo from 1996 through 2007, contributing to both album and song creation. After he was let go in 2007, instead of wallowing in his sorrows he set out on his own musical adventure and started Love Amongst Ruin. Prior to joining Placebo Steve had been in a plethora of bands(The Mystic Deckchairs, The Boo Radleys, and Breed to name a few), so he was a music lifer.
In 2010 the debut self-titled album by Love Amongst Ruin was released. On June 29th Hewitt will release the follow-up to that debut. It’s called Lose Your Way, and from the sound of lead single “Lose Your Way” it’s going to be a great return. I recently spoke to Steve about the album and what Love Amongst Ruin has planned for the rest of the year.
J Hubner: Hello Steve. So it’s been 5 years since your debut album with Love Amongst Ruin. Now you’re ready to release album number two called ‘Lose Your Way’. Within those five years, what have you learned that helped you go into the writing process of the new record?
Steve Hewitt: I think in the last 5 years I’ve learnt to write better songs, I think song writing is something that improves the more you apply to it. Also I think I realised that I could take the time now and release a new album when I felt happy with it.