The Last Gang is ripping into 2018 with their debut FAT full-length, Keep them Counting., the album features 10 punk infused tracks showcasing their diversity, from infectious riffs to punky ballads. The opening track “Sing for your Supper” is the kind of palm-muted ripper that made Rancid famous, with a bouncing bass line, a huge hook, and airtight songwriting that’ll get stuck in your head for years to come. The rest of the album is no less throttling. From the jump, the album whips up a frenzy, shifting directions on a dime but never losing sight of The Last Gang’s pop-indebted ethos.
You’ll be able to catch them live, as they’ve announced a flurry of shows which include dates with The Lillingtons, Good Riddance, and Propagandhi! After years of grinding it out, Keep Them Counting is the distillation of The Last Gang’s commitment, passion, and hunger. And for those looking for your new favorite punk band, look no further.
If you punk as fuck you’ve probably have grown up to a lot of amazing front women in the scene from Joan Jett and the Black hearts back in the day to Wendy O Willams that bring that edgy bad ass vocals and look that you just can’t ignore. There’s many bands along the way that continue that spirit and The last Gang is at the top of the list for wanting to slam multiple beers chant endlessly and hit the pit. At the heart and forefront of this band is Brenna Red vocalist/guitarist that sings powerful vocal ranges and has that street rough angst sound to fans familiar with earlier works of Rancid/L7/The Muffs .The opening track “Sing for your supper” has that metaphorical content of every bands reality quite literally working your ass off not knowing when the next meal will be or how far that gas for the tour van will go. The track blazes in with a fat sick bassline from Sean Viele with catchy palm muting and ultra anthemic blazing rolls on the drum kit from Robert Wantland with a hook on a breakdown mid through with red’s haunting vocals that draw you in further.Blood Drunk starts off with a Strung Out atmospheric soundbite and bass line reminiscent of Strungout’s Black Hawks,that flows into a catchy anthemic backing “Hey Hey’s” that will be the crowd energy at live shows. This tracks has elements of twang guitar mutes reminiscent of the pyscobilly punk sound like the Horrorpops.The track has breakdowns to rhythm carryovers that build up to the angst vocals of red’s lyrical content that reverbs the track title. The next track pays homage to legendary Phil Cambell of Motorhead that has ska chords with a fat crunchy intro baseline with catchy lyrical content of a love song with a funky xylophone key work. This track is so heavily influenced by the Muffs it’s hard to actually tell that’s it’s not The Muffs.And the break downs and base builds hook right into your head with Phils screaming solo near the end it makes you want to hit the replay track button. The album has various directions that kind tells a story in an almost type of show tune way through the eyes of an unknown female’s passage through hard times/love and despair. The track strange fruit has some really interesting time signatures and tempo shifts that break and build to the atmosphere of the emotions of the lyrical content. Talking about time shifts the track “Nobody’s prostitute” blazes ultra-fast baselines and quick snare work from Wantland that resonate to the fast paced feel of the street feel content. There’s hints of Ska tones throughout this album but “Identity” comes back to those roots that has a really interesting sound with weird backing hymns reverberated breakdowns and up chords that build the song up to the vocals that carry a powerful emotional message. There are a lot of bands that are focusing on intimate acoustic tracks and “Secret Songs” is that with a thumping floor tom that could almost be pulled off with a good old board stomping like stomping tom. This has to be one of my favorite tracks that even has some more interesting key work with striking chorus work and catchy vocals with harmonizing backing vocals that should be played at the live shows to catch the spirit of this amazing band.