1. Hello! Who are you, where are you from and all that good stuff
We’re Last Wild Lion, a 5 piece alt-rock band from Edinburgh. The majority of us are originally from Fife with the exception of Sarah who’s from Ayr. Neil and Jamie began playing in bands together from the age of 15, Andrew’s been smashing the skins since he was a wee lad and Lewis has been a musical genius since we can remember.
We’ll be putting these skills to the test together for the first time on November 24th at our favourite musical dive venue in Edinburgh, Henry’s Cellar Bar. Before that though, we’re digitally releasing our debut album, They’re Not Secrets Anymore, on Friday September 21st.
2. Tell us a bit about the music you make.
Alt-rock is the category that we’ve put ourselves under but I don’t think it really encapsulates everything that we do. There’s a lot of inspiration from the 80’s and mid-90’s emo scene in there and I guess that it is reflected in the sound. We all listen to such a vast variety of different music but it all seeps in somehow.
There are definitely some more songs that cause a ruckus, some songs that have more of a chilled vibe and some that blend both cause that’s fun. In terms of lyrics, it’s been important to us that we don’t shy away from difficult topics and try to be as honest as possible. Our thoughts are if we can be as authentic and sincere as we can be now then in 10/15 years, it’ll still hold up… hopefully!
3. When did you start and what made you want to start making music?
The band in this line-up began in 2016. The songs began to be written way back in 2011 in some form or another. Some sound very different to their original concept, which is to the listeners benefit for sure!
I think what made us want to start making music when we were younger was really for something to do and because it looked cool. I remember hearing my older brothers punk rock albums when I was in primary school and thinking that this was the best thing to ever happen! To find out that it was possible to learn these songs and be able to play them with friends was the most exciting idea! So to answer the question, it wasn’t one reason but the idea of being able to replicate or be part of something I idolised was very appealing.
4. Stage or studio?
Well, we haven’t played our first show yet but that will change on November 24th when we play Henry’s Cellar Bar in Edinburgh with Slow Blood and Nominals.
We do love the studio though. Our drummer, Andrew Scott, runs his own wee studio called the Owl Shed in Edinburgh. Check him out at www.leviathanowl.com. We’re all very creative so depending on the time we have in studio, we can create some very weird and wonderful things.
I see playing live and recording as very different experiences. The live experience should be different to the recording because they are different beasts. For our band, I preferably want some polish and a fully realised version of a song on a record. When we play together, we are definitely a rock band and perform as one. That means dynamics are crucial so when we get loud, it gets real loud!
We recorded They’re Not Secrets Anymore at Post Electric Studio in Edinburgh. They’re great guys there so if you are looking for a place to record, definitely give them a shout.
5. What gear do you use to make your tunes?
At home, I use a Mac, a small M-Audio interface and Logic 10 to record demos. I generally flick between Bias FX and my live rig depending on the sounds I want to achieve. If I don’t own it already then I use Bias. I have to say it’s very handy when wanting to experiment with different amp models.
For guitars, we switch between single coil and humbucker sounds. For our clean sounds, it’s a mix of chorus, reverb and occasionally tremolo. The more dirty sounds have the greatest variation from light overdrive, distortion to really saturated fuzz. Got to remember to keep it sensible though because we do want to able to perform these songs sonically as accurately as possible live.
6. And what is your choice bit of gear and why?
Recently bought a Fender American Professional Telecaster Deluxe Shawbucker in a natural ash finish so that’s currently my pride and joy. However, the bit of gear that still continues to amaze me to this day is the Boss MD-500. I bought it at the beginning of the year and I’m still finding modulation combos that inspire me to play way longer than I should into the night. If you haven’t played one yet, I recommend that you try one out.
7. Where can we check out your tunes?
There’s a variety of places to find Last Wild Lion including:
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