Jun 21, 2023
Last Giant's music is nostalgic and fresh
In the vast world of music, it's always a pleasant surprise to come across a band that manages to impress with its unique style and sound. Last Giant is one such band that has caught my attention, and in this review, I'll be focusing on two standout songs from their latest album, "Monuments" released on June 9, 2023, by indie label Little One Ate the Big One and distributed via The Orchard.
Beginning in 2014 from the ashes of former Northwest indie-rock heavy-hitters System and Station (1998-2013), Last Giant is comprised of frontman RFK Heise (vocals, guitar, keys), Palmer Cloud (bass), and Matt Willes (drums). Last Giant has toured the U.S. extensively and has been featured in film and television, as well as shows including Mike Watt's "The Watt from Pedro" and Allen Epley's "Third Gear Scratch." Last Giant's video for "Captain My Captain" was the winner of MTV's indie video award with over 70,000 votes and they were a featured artist on MTV2.
With "Monuments," demoing started in early 2021 before Last Giant's film release, "Live from The Hallowed Halls." Shortly after, personal tragedy derailed the band from living in a consistent zip code. Band leader RFK Heise continued to write and hone songs, most of which would become Monuments while living throughout Northwest and Southern California. Lyrical inspiration was found in observation and introspection on not having a consistent home and being a stranger in a constant strange circumstance.
First up for review is "Lost and Losing," a track that immediately captures your attention with its captivating guitar work in the intro. The vocals exude a smooth yet bluesy/folksy quality reminiscent of the legendary Bob Dylan. However, Last Giant infuses their music with a modern touch, resulting in a sound that is both nostalgic and fresh. "Lost and Losing" stands out as the perfect contrast to the rest of the album, and it's a fantastic choice for a closing track. The production is top-notch, allowing the listener to fully immerse themselves in the West Coast scene that Last Giant expertly captures.
Moving on to my personal favorite, "Soldiers." Right from the start, this song hits you with a heavy, crunching sound similar to the legendary Motley Crue. The riffs are undeniably catchy, while the driving drums keep the energy high throughout. The transition to the bridge and subsequent lead guitar solo is seamless and adds another layer of excitement to the track. As the song progresses, it momentarily slows down, building anticipation for a rockin' crescendo that doesn't disappoint. The structure of "Soldiers" is masterfully crafted, making it a perfect fit for modern rock radio.
Last Giant's musicianship and production shine brightly throughout the entire album. The band has honed their style and sound, resulting in a cohesive body of work that showcases their talent and creativity. Last Giant is a well-rehearsed group of musicians who know how to captivate their audience.
Based on their impressive performance on "Monuments," there's no doubt that Last Giant is a band destined to be seen and heard. Their ability to blend classic and modern rock influences sets them apart from the crowd, and I have no doubt that we'll be hearing even more from them in the future, so keep an ear out because they're ready to rock your world.
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Christopher Pryor is a multi-talented Renaissance man who currently fronts the Louisiana-based band Chris Pryor & The Main Event. He loves to listen to new music and give his opinions. Got something you'd like him to listen to? Hit us up at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*cover photo provided by indie label Little One Ate the Big One