the last

the last

 Byron Bay, New South Wales, AUS
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Post-modern rock is not dead / it never was / harmonies and melodies / in and out of freight train rythms / something primitive and collective / existential / profoundly more real than the plastic mass / the corpse that rock has become / for those who wonder...? / is that it? / The Last is pure rock

Biography


the Last

In a dark hall smoke floats over the edge of the stage, a buzz of excitement ripples through the crowd. A hum of guitar feedback cuts through the air. Simultaneously, the siren blasts as the electric blue lights explode on, illuminating the five members of the Last...

Hailing from the neo-hippie shire of Byron Bay, NSW, five piece rock outfit the Last are one the the most exciting musical prospects on the East Coast of Australia. Dismissing the trend of cyber-synth music, the Last are a breath of fresh air - musicians who play and write all of their own music, passionate musicians with an unquenchable desire to create something amazing.

Led by the best vocalist in rock music today, Phil Mayer, the Last are one of the last remaining bands with a shroud of mystery, with intrigue, with something inherently interesting about them. Poetic, melodic, dark, dissonant - the call of something primal, something true, something more than the everyday. Something we all yearn for.

With innumerable successful gigs and a stoic following in the Northern Rivers, a tour to New Zealand under their belts and an East Coast tour in the pipeline, the Last are quickly gaining recognition across the country as probably the most important up and coming rock band in Australia. Also, they are fast gaining a reputation as one of the hardest working and most dedicated bands in existence - doing all their own promotion, internet work, booking and merchandising, all whilst holding down jobs and jamming up to 4 times a week.

Their well received self-titled EP and the Devil's Hand single gained
the Last the ears of many, and the upcoming EP - tentatively titled "All Killer, No Filler" - is bound for great things. Devil's Hand garnered the band over 20,000 myspace hits within 24hours of being posted on the bands site, www.myspace.com/thelast - proving that indie rock is still as popular as ever.

The band is comprised of Mayer, guitarists Marc Labonte and Shaun Bampton, bassist Kris Johnson and drummer Matty "Moleman" Sheaffe. Their style is something new and exciting - a rock band that sounds like no other, taking cues from and giving nods to a wide range of influences, from the classical composers, to jazz, blues, rock, and even today's maufactured stars - finally, a rock band that realises good music transcends all notions of genre.

As the band progresses from strength to strength, their sound is constantly evolving. With tight arrangements ranging from grunge-laden metal to atmospheric ballad, through prog-pop and a dash of punk, the Last is a varied and slick outfit, hook-laden, catchy, intelligent, and with a live show that has blown away every band they have played in front of, according to Mayer, "[the Last] are
only now reaching our full potential."

Discography

Singles - Devils Hand
Turn'd

Self titled EP - Find you
le Stadt
Parables
John Fysh
Soldiers
Even as satire

Set List

Intro
Find You
le Stadt
Devils Hand
Creep (radiohead)
Soldiers
Turn'd
Love your way (Powderfinger)
John Fysh
T.N.S
Ifternal
R.V.M (pearl jam)
*new song*
Revelations