The Last of Us formed in early 2013 mixing hard rock and melodic tones which gave a nod to the forefathers of 70’s and 80’s rock and roll quickly gaining them a large following in their native county of Northamptonshire.
This along with their wild and energetic stage presence quickly catapulted them to the top end of the up and comers and they soon found themselves headlining many of London’s best venues for unsigned and up and coming acts including The Scala, The Amersham Arms, The 02 Academy, Surya and the 229 to name but a few
The Last of Us play alongside Dutch rockers Synergy Protocol in Pontypool on Friday 1st May at The Patriot and they conclude their tour in Crumlin on Saturday 2nd May. Andy Howells recently put questions to the band.
Who are you and how did you come together?
We are “The Last Of Us” and we consist of James Shaw on vocals, James Cutler on Bass, Adam Brown on Guitar and Dave Quigley on drums. We were formed in April 2013 and began life as a 3 piece acoustic act before finding an add on the local musician internet scene for a drummer looking for a band which is where we discovered Dave, one audition later and TLOU were formed. (We chose the name as we all come from backgrounds in previous bands and this was basically our last chance at making it happen)
How would you describe your music style?
Our music teeters on heavy/ aggressive rock but has obvious melodic influences which derive from classic 80’s and 70’s rock outfits such as Zeppelin and AC/DC etc… although we just call it SEXROCK.
What’s been your best live experience?
We have had some amazing live experiences since we started out but two that really stand out are our first ever London show at the Amersham Arms in which we supported The Vaccines at their end of tour DJ set. We were on as main support but it was such a massively indie styled gig we assumed we would be going down like a lead balloon but the crowd loved it. It really set our minds in the right place for where we wanted to go with this band. Also our headliner at The Surya in London in 2014. The crowd invaded the stage for our final song which was awesome.
What are you working on at the moment?
We have just finished our first music video which you can find on our social network pages as well as YouTube and we are preparing for the release of our first official single The Rhythm of My Drum in May.
Where can we see you live?
We are always adding new dates to our calendar for everyone to check out but we are currently on our first UK tour with Dutch metal outfit Synergy Protocol.
- A version of this Q&A with Andy Howells appeared in The South Wales Argus entertainment supplement The Guide on April 24, 2015
- For more information on The Last Of Us visit their official Facebook page.