HOT TAKES: Getting to know Last Hounds

Welcome to the feature; Hot Takes! We chat to a band or artist that we have unearthed as some what of a hidden gem and allow them the chance to introduce themselves to you, the reader.

Answered by bassist Ben Taylor.

Q1 – Who is in your band?

Mikey Skelcher on vocals, Tom White and James Valentino on Guitars, Ben Taylor on Bass and Chris Collins on Drums.

Q2 – What is your take on your own sound?

As a band, we are constantly trying to adapt and progress our sound in a way that stays true to our punk rock roots, but stays relevant in a music scene that is more vibrant, more inclusive and more exciting than ever.

It’s really easy to stick a label on a band a call it a certain genre, because ultimately people can find comfort in being able to identify something. What we’re trying to achieve is a real melting pot of “alternative” styles so that anybody, regardless of their background and musical taste, can find something they dig in our music, stick on a Last Hounds record or come to a show, and feel a connection to our music.

As much as we fall into the category of “Punk Rock” we are trying to blur the lines between genres and actually forge a new musical path for the band. A term that has been coined by our fans and followers is “Crossover Punk” and actually, that’s probably the best way to describe us, it really is open to personal interpretation.

Q3 – If someone was listening to your music for the first time, what song would you tell them to listen to and why?

It’s gotta be “Bubbles”. It’s one of our most recent singles so it’s a good showcase of where we’re at as a band, and if I say so myself, it just slaps! It’s a balls out punk track but with some added spicy extras that give it some ambience and surprises.

Q4 – What is the plan for the rest of 2024

Aaah we’ve got a super busy 2024! We’re about to announce some of our biggest shows to date in the UK and Europe, so keep an eye out for that. We’ve got shows early in the year with some of UK’s most exciting bands coming through like Mouth Culture and State of You.

We’re also working hard in the background on new music to keep releases coming throughout the year. In fact, we’re back in the studio on March which we’re super stoked for.

Q5 – What is one song you wish you wrote?

As a huge Bring Me The Horizon fan from day one, I’ve always admired their take on songwriting. They write music for themselves, and always push the boundaries of what fans come to expect from them. One of their most recent releases, “AmEN!” is a perfect example of that, the track is HUGE. It’s got so many layers, a catchy as hell chorus, and verses that take you to different places, it really is just a song writing and production masterclass.

Q6 – What three bands or artists inspire you the most?

I think inspiration can come in different forms. For me it always inspires me to see bands working relentlessly hard and thinking outside the box to push their band and music to new heights. While She Sleeps are at the pinnacle of that for me. Their DIY ethos and work ethic is awe inspiring, the way they have built a community around their band is incredible.

Musically, I take a lot of inspiration from two bands/artists in particular. Turnstile are right up there for me with their ability to combine different styles and feelings while having that hardcore feel that we all fell in love with them for.

Finally, it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t give Frank Carter his honourable mention. Gallows were, and always will be a huge inspiration to me both in music and as a live performer. Orchestra of Wolves and Grey Britain are the untouchable gold standard when it comes to hardcore punk. Granted there have been some questionable musical pathways for the Rattlesnakes in recent years, but their debut record, Blossom, is a masterpiece.

Q7 – Where can our readers see you live or listen to your music?

We’ve got a load of shows planned throughout 2024, some of which were yet to announce but you can catch us in Birmingham on the 6th of March with Mouth Culture.

You can hear us on all your favourite streaming sites, we got you covered. There’s also a few copies left of or debut album, Burden, that you can grab online through Venn Records or from us at shows. It’s a sick orange vinyl and we all know thats the best colour. Act fast though, I don’t think there’s many left.

Q8 – What zoo animal represents the personality of your band?

Great question! I’d have to say a Chimpanzee. They’re somewhat recognisable as relatable to humans…..but they have an unpredictable nature and you can just watch them for hours and not know what they’re gonna do next. It’s quite the show!

Elizabeth Birt

February 29, 2024

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


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