OBM: Can you give us a short lesson of your bands background?
Last to remain was founded back in 2003 after our old band, Aggravation broke up. We wanted to start a new band with less metal and more brutal beatdowns. To still keep the heavy sound but add more hardcore feeling than we had in Aggravation, so we started making new songs; shorter but still brutal and more mosh-friendly. Since the beginning, the band has been through numerous of line up changes, and today only two of the original members still remains. But all these changes has made the band stronger and shaped it into what it has become today: an unstoppable and relentless warmachine that takes no prisoners. Through the years, the band has shared stage with great bands such as Shattered realm, Since the flood, Sworn enemy, Knuckledust, St hood, Cutdown, Sick of it all and Madball. We are not a straight edge band, but 3 of the members supports and lives this lifestyle. The band focuses on representing the tougher and harder side of hardcore and bringing the mosh to the masses.
A good blend between hardcore, beatdown and a dose of metal. Inspired by bands such as Shattered Realm, xTyrantx, Let It Die, Hatebreed and Death Before Dishonor, but we always try to add our own twist to it.
It made us able to do a lot more shows, because the new line up are able to tour a lot more. Our new singer are also a lot more easy to work with, and more open to ideas we suggest for him. But he also gets to add his own style to the vocals. So we would say that we stand a lot stronger with this lineup.
We posted a message on a numbers of message boards and got a phonecall from a guy really fast. We tried him out on a couple of rehersals and that was it.
We just recorded 3 demos, but no full lenghts.
Yeah of course we have fun in the studio!! Especially when we recorded the “gangvocals” on the cd. But I think maybe the soundman got a bit frustrated and tired of all out bullshit in the end. haha!! Its important to have fun but at the same time know when its time to be serious, focused and professional about what you do. Usually when we go into the studio, we record at a place where we know the technicians from before, this way its easier to get the sound we want. Coz the sounddude already knows us and knows what we wanna sound like.
First of all we can say that we are Norways only beatdown band. There is some bands that play kinda beatdown influenced music, but no bands here in norway can match our style, heeh. Compared to alot of other beatdown bands here in Europe, i think we have managed to create our own sound. We sound alot more like an american beatdown band than european bands i think. We are the northern beatdown kings as people tend to call us. I think thats all that has to be said, if people like beatdown they should check our shit out!
OBM: What are your music influence and do you use them for you own music?
Our influence comes from alot of other bands, as mentioned earlier, but we also get alot of inspiration through everything from things that we experience in everyday life, read about and think about. Our lyrics deals with alot of different themes. From the typical backstabbing/shittalking among friends, or in the scene, and things that have to do with hardcore like unity, sincerety and loyalty. We also sing about more political stuff such as war, racism, capitalism and abuse of power.
I think we already answered this in question number 9.
We have developed a very strong survival instinct, because of all the lineup changes and shit we have been through since the beginning. No matter what has happened in the past, the core of the band has always managed to stay focused and getting the band to move forward no matter what. The hardcore lifestyle is what gives us meaning and purpose in life, the fire that burns in our hearts. And we will do what ever it takes to keep this flame alive.
Link - www.myspace.com/lasttoremain