Cape Town, South Africa: alternative metal band Last One Alive has left a thorough trail of evidence across the city since releasing it’s stunning ‘Kiss The Ground’ video late last year, including at Facemelt Fest (2nd birthday celebration of The Metalist) and our very own M4A SummerFest’17 headbanging extravaganza in February. The band is now poised to appear again at another highlighted event with the all-ages-welcome We Came To Build annual concert at the Claremont Civic Hall this Saturday.
“Check out our music video for our debut single ‘Kiss the Ground’. If that’s your jam, then come through and see it live – if it’s not then come through anyway! Also, while we have a lot of screaming in our music, there is a lot of singing and the parts are quite catchy if I might say so myself – which is a nice contrast if you’re into that sorta thing. There are so many awesome bands playing on the night. You’re not gonna want to miss it if you’re a fan of heavy music.” ~ Joel Dickson (vocals, Last One Alive)
In spite of having begun formation more than two years ago already, Last One Alive has resisted the urge to plow straight into the circuit beat. The band has taken it cool and slow, developing it’s concept and feel before the time of unleashing; which is the present time.
“With the exception of Ric – and myself actually – the band’s members have been in the local scene for a very long time. So I think it’s quite a natural thing to focus the energy into trying to secure shows where we’re playing to the right audience, or where the bands we are playing with will make us push ourselves to be better. This isn’t to say we haven’t played any smaller shows; rather, we’ve set our sights on playing fewer, but higher profile shows.” ~ Joel Dickson
With Last One Alive taking on quite a different musical approach from what has become a little more typical of the heavier local scene – where with these guys the more rock-orientated lyrical approach of interpersonal issues and romance come into play – and spliced with the heavier tones of metal, many are looking on with curiosity as to how the band is being received at these shows where they appear alongside their more brutally-inclined peers. Even the band members are feeling their own way through this.
“From my perspective, we’ve been quite well received at shows. People seem to enjoy the bouncy, nu-metal style we have going and we’ve gotten substantial positive feedback afterwards, which is always very cool. A really stand-out moment for us was at M4A ‘SummerFest’17’ a couple of weeks ago. We were on right after Holo, who, if any of you have seen them, are more brutal and death metal. Our line check was quite short, so myself and Ric – our guitarist and backing vocalist – decided to use the time to test our vocal harmonies which forms a large part of the vocal melodies. Well, the looks on some people’s faces were amazing. They didn’t quite know how to react, haha! But once we got into our first track, the crowd soon got into it.” ~ Joel Dickson
As to the weekend’s performance, Joel echoes the band’s collective sentiment of delight at having been invited to appear at We Came To Build. As with the other band’s we have already spoken to, Last One Alive recognize the significance of such shows as being paramount to the ongoing culture of live music in the city. For full line-up details and more on the concert, visit the official facebook event page.
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