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Last Great Hope

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"Creatures Of Beauty Review"

Last Great Hope give us a little taste of old school and new school punk with a little thrash thrown in to keep things interesting. Featuring former members of No Fraud, these guys aren't pretenders. They understand the underpinning of old school punk and manage to capture a pure melodic nature without crossing over to the "pop" side and sacrificing punk credentials. But the group's influences (The Ramones, Motley Crue, The Dead Boys and ZZ Top) also play a part in broadening the band's sound. Scott Burns (Sepultura, Savatage, Obituary) did a remarkable job of keeping the raw live vibe when it came to mixing. "Creatures of Beauty" helps the band live up to their name, a last great hope for real punk in this world of poppy wannabes. -

"Creatures Of Beauty Review"

Venice, Florida: home of shark's tooth festivals, grandparents you keep meaning to visit, and one beer-swilling bunch of punk-rockers called Last Great Hope. The title of their debut full-length, Creatures of Beauty, is a bit of a ruse; these guys ain't pretty, and while the rockabilly-infused punk they play brings to mind many adjectives, "beauty" is not among them. Try "terse," "agitated" or "street-smart." Last Great Hope plays some slowed down old-school punk that doesn't take itself too seriously. While Creatures of Beauty is indeed filled with enough youthful energy to warrant a pretty high dosage of Ritalin, their influences - New York Dolls, Social D and the Ramones among them - are well chosen, straddling the gap between faddish pop-punk and greasy, three-chords-and-we-don't-care rockabilly. A treat, indeed. 5 out of 5 planets! - The Weekly Planet - Tampa. FL


Creatures Of Beauty // Handout Records, Nov 2004


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In a scene overflowing with homogenized sounds, Florida's LAST GREAT HOPE is pumping out rock and roll with an edge while keeping it fun which is a rare quality in music these days. LAST GREAT HOPE teeters between melody and mayhem on its debut album, 'Creatures Of Beauty'.

LAST GREAT HOPE formed in early 2004 and began playing the Florida circuit soon there after, quickly establishing themselves as a premier act.

In July 2004 the band entered the studio to record their debut release 'Creatures Of Beauty' . As an attempt to retain creative control, the band decided to track and produce the album indepently. LAST GREAT HOPE brought in engineer/producer Scott Burns (Sepultura, Savatage, Obituary) to help with the mixing process. In September 2004 LAST GREAT HOPE had an album of 10 songs that has been said to be "all killer and no filler". There was still one more step in the process to make it complete. Mastering. LAST GREAT HOPE decided to turn ''Creatures Of Beauty' over to Tom Morris (Seven Mary Three, The Dixie Dregs, Saigon Kick) at Morrisound Studios in Tampa, FL to add the final touch. By October 2004 'Creatures Of Beauty' was complete.

Such approaches with the do it yourself attitude make perfect sense with the understanding that half of LAST GREAT HOPE come from a punk rock background. Drummer Walt Rossmann and Singer/Guitarist Doug Burns both played in the popular hard-core/punk band No Fraud. Along with Walt and Doug,
LAST GREAT HOPE's sound is rounded out by Guitarist Dave Fowler and bassist Joe Scibilia.

Collective influences such as The Dead Boys, The Ramones, ZZ Top and Motley Crue are evident with one listen to 'Creatures Of Beauty' . Give 'Creatures Of Beauty' some ear time and you'll discover one of the most promising CD's of 2004.