Q&A with the deli's Band of the Month: Last One Out
by Chrissy Prisco
deli: How did the band start?
Last One Out: Jeff, Dustin, and Scott M. all met Freshman year at PC but it wasn’t until they joined up with Scott R. at the end of Sophomore year that they formed Last One Out. Jeff, Scott M., and Dustin were playing together beforehand and were in need of a new singer so they asked Scott R. (who they already knew played piano and who happened to live on the same dormitory floor) if he had any singing skills. An affirmative yes, and one terribly informal audition later, Last One Out was formed.
Where did the band name, Last One Out, come from?
The practice room, where we worked on our stuff had a sign on the door as you left that read “Last one out, turn off the lights.” There’s no real meaning behind it, we were simply in desperate search of a name and happened to stumble across this one. We were standing in front of the door after one practice, talking about band names, and Scott M pointed to the sign and said, '"What about 'Last One Out'?"
What are your biggest musical influences?
I’d have to say we draw a lot from a mixed bag of bands. Groups like The Killers, The Kooks, Foo Fighters, John Mayer, Two Door Cinema Club, Young the Giant, The Cars, The Strokes, all come to mind as inspiration for writing our own music.
What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
At this literal moment I’m listening to a band out of Australia called Last Dinosaurs. But at other times we’ll listen to Two Door Cinema Club, The Kooks, The Wombats, whatever is on WBRU, and we actually listen to a lot of local music as well. Being part of that group, we like to show as much support as we can for other bands doing the exact same thing as us right now.
What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
The first time we all went to a show together was probably for Liberty Fest this past 4th of July. It’s a really small music festival that takes place down Smith Street in Providence. It highlights all genres of local music on a few small stages in a group of random back yards.
What do you love about New Englands music scene?
Because it is such a large scene, especially in the Boston area, there are a great number of venues to play at. We like that.
What are your plans for the upcoming year?
Continue to expand our territory of gigs and reach out to a larger and wider audience.
What was your most memorable live show?
WBRU Rock Hunt Finals. We had never played in front of so many people. It wasn’t until this show that we started taking the band seriously and actually considered it in our post-grad plans.
Is there someone who has helped your band grow through support?
Our parents and our school friends/fans. Without them we wouldn’t be doing this right now.
Is there a piece of equipment you couldn't live without and why?
Yeah, our PA system. Without that we couldn’t pay rent.
Why do you read The Deli?
To keep tabs on the local music scene, of course!