Album Reviews

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 14:27
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36 Years after The Last started out and 17 years after their last album, these South Bay punk pioneers dropped a new album called “Danger”. Brothers Joe and Mike Nolte show right off the bat that they’re still fond of 60s garage fury coupled to slick melodies and their trademark harmonies, only this time around they’re given a helping hand by Descendents’ Karl Alvarez and Bill Stevenson who add some extra weight (no pun intended, Bill!) to the mix.

“I Know” kicks things off with a 1 minute and 37 seconds blast of contained aggression, an addictive chorus and one of the shortest guitar solos known to mankind. More of the same can be heard in songs like “Go Away Sunday” and “Take Care Of Her” while cuts like “I Don’t Know What To Say” sees the band shifting gears for a couple of Merseybeat-esque ballads.

Whatever speed they end up choosing, the result is always more than worthy of your time. I’m not going to say that “Danger” was worth the 17-year-long wait (no album is that good) but if you’re looking for a fun, upbeat album then The Last is here to help you out.

Tom Dumarey
Tom Dumarey

Lacking the talent to actually play in a band, Tom decided he would write about bands instead. Turns out his writing skills are mediocre at best as well.