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The Last Republic - Biography

The Last Republic are:

Aron Harris - Drums and Percussion & Vocals
David Llewellyn - Keyboards & Vocals
Dafydd Anthony -Lead Guitar, FX & Vocals
Jonnie Owen - Lead Vocals & Rhythm Guitar
Joey Daniels - Bass Guitar/Bass Synth/Vocals

The Last Republic were formed in 2008 after a series of chance meetings, broken keyboards and other bands splitting up.

Guitarist Dafydd Anthony and singer Jonnie Owens didn’t know each other, but they’d seen each other play at the notorious rock venue The Duke of Wellington in Neath, South Wales. With their respective bands falling apart, Dafydd contacted Jonnie to see if he’d like to try putting a band together. Neither of them knew it at the time, of course, but this phone call would mark the beginning of what was about to become The Last Republic.

After several false starts, Daf and Jonnie were soon joined by two more local faces; a powerful and dynamic rhythm section in the form of drummer Aron Harris and bassist Joey Daniels. Keyboard player Dave Llewellyn soon completed the line-up. After driving fifty-miles to have his keyboard repaired at a shop in Swansea, Dave spotted an advert on the shop’s door from a band looking for a keyboard player. A phone call was made, a rehearsal was arranged and The Last Republic was born.

After gigging their way around South Wales’ and London’s club circuits, The Last Republic soon forged a reputation as a ‘must see’ live act. However, The Last Republic’s first big break occurred in 2009 after entering themselves into Virgin Media’s TV competition ‘The Road To V ‘, which counted The Young Knives and Bombay Bicycle Club amongst its previous winners.

After weeks of TV coverage, The Last Republic beat 3500 bands to win ‘The Road To V’. Receiving over 20,000 votes in the final, The Last Republic won the right to play on the Main Stage at the 2009 V Festival, sharing the bill with the likes of Oasis and The Killers in front of an estimated 10,000 people each day.

In the run up to the Road To V, The Last Republic received airplay from Radio 1 DJ’s Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens, and were playlisted by XFM and awarded the Record of The Week accolade on Claire Sturgess' NME Radio show.

After supporting the likes of The Charlatans and Placebo, The Last Republic continued to expand their fiercely loyal fanbase with a five-week tour of the UK during Autumn 2009.

The Last Republic have spent the past eight months recording their debut album at the famous Monnow Valley Studios. Titled ‘Parade’, the album is scheduled for release on September 20th 2010 and is currently being mixed in Los Angeles by Andrew Scheps, who is producer Rick Rubin’s mix engineer. Andrew has previously worked with artists as diverse as U2, Metallica, Johnny Cash, Michael Jackson & The Mars Volta.

The Last Republic release their long awaited debut single ‘(C’Mon) Flood The Gates’ on July 12th 2010 and will appear at several festivals across the UK during the summer, and will announce the details for another UK tour shortly.

“...speaking of the future, here are a band who have a big part in it.” – Zane Lowe – BBC Radio 1

“The Last Republic are making a name for themselves as purveyors of soaring epic anthems...Catchier than the clap and dressed sharper than razors, it's clear that The Last Republic have the proverbial 'bigger things' lined up squarely in their crosshairs.”. – Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1

“This band f**ing rocks!” - Bruce Dickinson, Iron Maiden - BBC 6 Music

“The Last Republic have unbelievable vision.” - XFM (Manchester & London)

“I really like The Last Republic’s sound, a real mix bag of influences without ever sounding too much like anyone of them” - Jo, Jo, Total Rock Radio
- Biography


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