Formed: February, 2009
Location: Cheshire, UK
Genre: Alternative / Post-Hardcore / Rock
Rob Scrannage – Vocals
Stu Williams – Guitar/Vocals
Stephen Roberts – Guitar
George Blything – Drums
Current: Debut EP ‘This Is Your Escape Route’ via MySpace
Future: Tour across the UK
Website: None available
Northwich â€“ not the most well-known town in Britain, and even less known for being the birthplace of worthy musicians. Those who’ve done their research into the place may have discovered it once homed Placebo‘s ex-drummer Steve Hewitt, and lead singer of The Charlatans, Tim Burgess. Though today it shows more promise of undiscovered golden acts, determined to do what they can to make some sort of mark, but most imploding and just becoming yesterday’s local news, not good when you’re in a town the size of a box. The above happened to 5-piece act I Left You For Summer, who hoped to make a grain on the local â€“ even national music scene by taking things a little bit differently from the usual homegrown latter, but falling almost as soon as they could stand for themselves.
In the midst of writing their debut album, ILFYS was down for the count, lost in the shuffle of countless other disbanded groups, but there was still some fight left in the members, enough for them to give it another shot with all previous flaws fixed. From these ashes came what is now The Last Alive, perhaps a fitting name for the situation they’re in from preceding circumstances.
In a local Northwich pub, lead vocalist Rob Scrannage, guitarist/vocalist Stuart Williams, and guitarist Stephen Roberts are the remaining ashes from the short-lived flame that was ILYFS, but are more than certain that this time around things are going to be completely different,
“We chose to develop on weak areas, and demolish weak areas” states Stuart Williams, “… we wanted to turn a normal average egg into a golden egg… it involved gold-plating”, not one to shy away from the metaphor of The Last Alive being a supreme golden egg, Stuart seems to be the more comedic and mischievious member of the lot.
“We’ve put more focus probably on instrumentation… the last band was very vocally driven… vocals were quite at the forefront… I would write things to go on top of their structures”, this may seem to some like a very big-headed thing from Rob Scrannage, no matter how commonly expected behaviour it is from frontmen, but no, the bandâ€™s just fully aware of where they faltered with in the past, and the first step in fixing a problem is to identify it. Joined by new drummer George Blything, Rob and Stuart are most definitely the main spokesmen for the band, often finishing off one another’s sentences when answering questions and making the odd comment to each other here and there.
It’s just by chance though that The Last Alive are existent and are making music today,
“The Last Alive wasn’t ever the plan after I Left You For Summer… writing started while that band was still together, but not between the band… new ideas were being made by individuals at home. We never spoke about them because we were still concentrating on the I Left You For Summer album… as soon as that was over, we realised that we had this bucket-full of ideas… everyone seems to think that we got rid of two members. We actually called that band a day, we didn’t announce it really” Stuart confesses, to try and help clear up any confusion or unexplained questions from some of the older fans who transferred over from ILYFS. However, was it ultimately the time writing the album which cut the final lifeline for that band,
“we got one finished song done… we didn’t get much response from it, and that’s probably our fault for not promoting it… I actually really liked it” is Rob‘s confession on the situation, or were there other pressures and internal issues what made them come to an unavoidable halt, “we weren’t happy as a band anymore… nobody was having any fun, and that’s the point of being in a band isn’t it?” he continues, “loads of bands do the screaming thing, and we weren’t very good at it. Simple as that really”.
A new EP is on the table for the young Cheshire boys entitled ‘This Is Your Escape Route’, rising to be another fitting title for them escaping from what ILYFS was and what TLA is to hopefully become, “We’ve just finished tracking it today” exclaims a gleeful Rob when asked about it, “it’s like taking a pop song and sort of making it heavy… it’s going be a 5-track EP. I’m really happy with it… I don’t think it’s as generic as anything we’ve put out before, it’s quite individual… some kids say they havenâ€™t heard anything like it… that’s something I think we’ve carried on through the songsâ€, a definite progression of positivity from the bleakness brought when ILYFS was the topic of choice.
The boys aren’t doing too badly for themselves, not only do they have a 5-track EP out there for the intended masses, but they’re also embarking on a 17-date tour across the UK from June 2nd through ’til August 22nd, hitting places across the board like Manchester, Stoke-on-Trent, Glasgow, and London.
“We like to give a good show, we don’t like to be stood still. We aim to come off dripping wet and struggling to breathe” Stuart encourages, who much like Rob and the others has been pretty buzzed during the whole interview “It’s going to be brilliant. We’re going to write things on the van, and try and get arrested as many times as possible… come to our gigs, chat with us, and we’ll chat to you back” â€“ evidence of a band that live mainly to tour, and so should this opportunity arise it shouldn’t be missed.
The whole group just seem generally happy from start to finish in the whole interview, with constant reminders of the golden egg metaphor along with other things, The Last Alive are a totally new band born for survival. They’re not on the radar today, maybe not even tomorrow, but they aim to be there much sooner than you could ever think.
The Last Alive‘s debut EP ‘This Is Your Escape Route’ is available now from their MySpace page and to purchase during their shows on tour. The band will be hitting the following venues this summer:
June 2nd, 2009 â€“ Leicester, The Shed
June 3rd, 2009 â€“ Chesterfield, Rockshots
June 4th, 2009 â€“ Manchester, Satan’s Hollow
June 19th, 2009 â€“ Crewe, The Box
June 25th, 2009 â€“ Chester, Frog & Nightingale
June 30th, 2009 â€“ Winsford, De.Bees
July 3rd, 2009 â€“ Manchester, Academy 3
July 5th, 2009 â€“ Stoke, Norfolk Inn
July 17th, 2009 â€“ Stoke, The Rigger
July 22nd, 2009 â€“ Glasgow, Rockers
July 23rd, 2009 â€“ Glasgow, The Twisted Wheel
July 24th, 2009 â€“ Edinburgh, GRV
July 26th, 2009 â€“ Stoke, Harry’s Bar
August 4th, 2009 â€“ Wigan, Bar Fever
August 5th, 2009 â€“ Warsop, Black Market
August 14th, 2009 â€“ Liverpool, Zanzi Bar
August 22nd, 2009 â€“ London, Wheelands
Written by Zach Redrup