The Last Stand
May 12, 2011
More New York bands you say? Well, Brooklyn’s The Last Stand have officially arrived on the scene, playing a refreshingly traditional, no-frills brand of straight up hardcore. Comprised of members from Shutdown and Inhuman, the four piece have assembled themselves into a brand new unit, utilizing influences and experience from their prior projects to ink a handful of tracks laced with intoxicating aggressiveness. With over a decade long track record in the scene, The Last Stand are making waves with the release of their crushing self titled EP.
The group released a CD demo shortly after coming together, which quickly sold out as word spread throughout the Tri-State following electric live performances around the New York metro area. With a renewed focus and maturity, The Last Stand assembled their five song EP, which takes a white knuckled hold on old school influences and song structure, while skipping the chug-a-chug breakdowns and overly metallic riffage.
As you spin through the record, memories of Madball, Sick of it All, and Cro-Mags flutter through the mind, and with each song the Brooklyn powerhouse slowly closes its grip around the listener like a bloodthirsty python. “Opportunities Lost and Found” is an ideal opener for the record, exploding with crunching mid tempo riffs and booming gang vocals, eventually moving to a hair raising breakdown which wraps up the last 40 seconds of the track.
You can easily hear the band’s experience running deep throughout the record, as each song seems to known its most sensible beginnings and ends, which allows the EP to pass by in a blur. Nothing’s worse than a hardcore record which bores listeners with its craggy or dragging melodies, and The Last Stand keep pushing along while trimming the fat to keep everything around two minutes or so.
Their self titled EP is limited to 500 copies, and currently available on four different sleek and sexy vinyl colors, which also includes a digital download. The demo can be purchased digitally on the band’s website along with t-shirts, and songs can be streamed for free on their MySpace and official pages. Look for The Last Stand on tour throughout the New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania area, and also keep your eyes peeled for an “Opportunities Lost and Found” music video this summer courtesy of Smutlife.
Band site: THE LAST STAND