The Last Tycoons

The Last Tycoons

 Dublin, Leinster, IRL
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The Last Tycoons are like a more aggressive version of The Band. Rootsy Rock 'n' Roll music with the attitude of a group of convicts on weekend-release from prison.

Biography

Formed in 2007 after a change of personnel, attitude, and clothes, The Last Tycoons evolved from highly acclaimed Dublin band Porn Trauma. Hailed as �one of Ireland�s hottest new bands�, (CONNECTED MAG) there is plenty to get excited about. �Replete with vintage sounding guitars, liberal use of harmonica and soulful backing vocals, they certainly offer a refreshing alternative to the raft of copycat, post-punk pretenders doing the rounds. They are a revelation� (Hotpress). �Their ability is obvious and their hard work in improving every area of their performance is a credit to them. Cracking stuff; watch this space� (InDUBLIN).�
The music of The Last Tycoons has a definite southern American roots undertone, yet is proudly Irish in its origin. Tracks from their debut album certainly grab the listener�s attention, such as debut single 'The Dry Law', a drinking man�s anthem set in prohibition/depression-era America, written by front-man Steve Fanning while experimenting with sobriety for a month. It is a fitting first single for an album which is released on Good Friday - a day when alcohol is prohibited but widely consumed in Ireland.�
The �eminently watchable front man Steve Fanning is tall and imposing, like a good looking Richard Ashcroft, with a distinctive twang to his voice that lifts even the darkest corners of their songs to the light� -(InDUBLIN). He also sounds at times, like the love child of Mick Jagger and Nick Cave. However, this is a band that is not led by any one or two people but is a collaboration of ideas with diverse instrumentation, lush vocal harmonies and well thought-out arrangements lending to the band's overall sound.�
Having dented the Top 30 official Irish Charts and earning the affection of various radio stations around the country and farther afield, the band is now ready to release their self-titled debut album �The Last Tycoons� on Good Friday (April 2nd). Excited? Perhaps you should be. Known widely for their explosive and raucous live shows, the band will set out on a national and international tour in Ireland, The UK, Germany and the US from March onwards. 'The Dry Law' was the first glimpse of the material recorded for the album and is available now from iTunes.� �Speed� is the follow up track from the radio EP including 'The Dry Law', which will be out on Good Friday with the album on all the usual online stores and record shops.
Further to this the band will also release the album on June 25th in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on the Tonetoaster label.

Further reading & band Bio:�
Born 13 days apart, band members Steve and Dan grew up on the same street and began making music together at the age of 10. A couple of years later they played their first gig, performing 50�s rock n� roll songs to a somewhat bemused audience in a Sligo bar, being several years too young to get a gig in any licensed premises in Dublin. At 17 they united with schoolmates Matt and The Hog, formed the band Porn Trauma and released 'Sunrise' EP in 2005 which entered the Irish charts at No. 21 and spent several weeks in the Top 30 OFFICIAL IRISH CHARTS. �Over the years, The Last Tycoons have developed a reputation for their live performances, and have opened for and supported various luminaries such as: Babyshambles, Ian Brown, The Coral, The Felice Brothers and Alex Chilton.
Porn Trauma released a limited edition 7" single 'Casanova Blues' before taking a break from the road. In 2007, they then changed their stage name to The Last Tycoons (inspired by F Scott Fitzgerald's book) and added an extra member (Aoife) on piano/organ and backing vocals. This completed the current line-up and their sound, now defined by their 2 lead instrumentalists (Dan and Aoife), lead vocalist Steve, and rock-solid rhythm section of Matt and The Hog. The band�s sound is also complemented by four vocals which at times play off each other intricately and at other times harmonize effortlessly. �
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The band�s first collective release was their single 'Loving Arms', which was supported by an Irish tour. In 2008, three members of the Tycoons (Dan, Steve & Hog) were enlisted in The Mighty Stef's backing band, and since then have been involved in the recording of his 2nd album �100 Midnights' as well as three tours of the US and have played festivals all over Ireland and Europe including Oxegen, Electric Picnic and Benicassim festival in Spain. �
The Last Tycoons began recording their debut album in 2008, sporadically going into a studio deep in the Wicklow mountains, and often paying for studio time by completing chores for the owner, like moving pianos and unplugging his drains when the studio flooded. The album was completed in 2009 and the band released 'The Dry Law' as a taste of the material recorded for their first LP.
�� �The Last Tycoons music is rock n� roll in a style embraced by few other bands around today. From old

Lyrics

The Dry Law

Written By: Stephen Fanning

Verse I
On Sunday morning that big old still behind the church exploded
And the congregation gathered outside,
faces white with fear
It appeared to the pious crowd that their prayers had been rewarded
But me and the rest had to do our best to hide away our tears

Chorus
Everybody's jumping on the wagon
Everybody's gonna pay a fine
Everybody's giving up their vices to the lord
Well I ain't giving up mine

Verse II
When I got married in the courthouse, the judge told me 'boy, you've got a lot of bills overdue'
Said 'while I'm here, I declare myself legally broke', it seemed the only thing to do
Cos the politicians tell how Wall Street fell as they strip their buildings bare
They curse the jumpers as they pass their windows, and cry out 'it's just not fair'

Well my father came here from across the sea back in 1894
With nothing in his hands, just hopes and plans, and he couldn't have asked for more
Cos the work dried up and things got tough, still leaving your family's hard
I'll bet he didn't see the dry law coming,
he'd have rather stayed and starved

Chorus
Everybody's jumping on the wagon
Everybody's gonna pay a fine
Everybody's giving up their vices to the lord
Well I ain't giving up mine
Everybody's jumping on the wagon
Everybody's calling in a loan
Everybody's trying to find the path to the lord
I'm trying to find my way home

Verse III
Well they're saying it's all gonna change real soon, and wouldn't that be fine
To sit outside on a Summer night on your front porch sipping wine
But for now all us good time boys'd better watch what we do
You could stay and fight against a rising tide, or find a fresh start somewhere new

Chorus
Everybody's jumping on the wagon
Everybody's gonna pay a fine
Everybody's giving up their vices to the lord
Well I ain't giving up mine
Everybody's jumping on the wagon
Everybody's calling in a loan
Everybody's trying to find the path to the lord
I'm trying to find my way home

Everybody's jumping on the wagon
Get down on your knees and sing
Everybody's begging for forgiveness from the lord
Well I ain't begging for a thing
Everybody's jumping on the wagon
I don't think they know just what it means
Everybody's heading for the palace of the lord
I'm heading for New Orleans

Discography

Sunrise EP (2005)
Casanova Blues [7-inch single] (2006)
Loving Arms [single] (2007)
The Dry Law [single] (2009)
The Last Tycoons [Album] (April 2010)
Album release Germany, Austria, Switzerland on June 25th 2010

Set List

Sets are usually between 30-45 mins but can do about 1hr 20mins of original material.

Who Needs Radio (part II)
I'll Wait On
The Love Song
Not At All
Alaska Hotel
Casanova Blues
Sunrise
Loving Arms
Don't Let Me Catch You
Seven Days (off the road)
Blues Pills
Good Times
The Dry Law
Speed
Who Needs Radio (part III)