Interview: The Last Gang

Punk band The Last Gang have a new album coming out soon, titled Noise Noise Noise. The coronavirus pandemic affected the band (like most other musical artists) so we’re happy to see them coming back with a bang! Check out the interview below to find out more.

By Jane Howkins

You have a new album coming out very shortly, titled Noise Noise Noise. What can you tell us about the album?

Noise Noise Noise is definitely our best work to date. With the pandemic and lockdown, the one positive for us was being able to sit with these songs and really dissect them until we could make it the best possible version of it that it is. And then, on top of that, having Fat Mike, Yotam, and Cameron to go to definitely helped as well to help bring out of us, the result of which ended up on the record.

You have some tour dates coming up soon in the USA. Do you have any UK tour dates lined up?

We are currently working on getting next summer figured out. As of now, we have Xtreme Fest coming up, and I definitely want to give the UK some love.

What can people expect from a The Last Gang gig, and why do you think people should come and see you perform live?

It might sound cliche but we bring fun to the stage – we practice really hard at home to make sure we play the songs as best we can and sometimes stuff happens, we most importantly like to have fun with each other and the audience, and I think that’s why people enjoy coming to watch us play. For however long our set is, we try and create a connection with the audience, and we always bring energy, and I’d like to think that they feel that and feel good.

Has the pandemic hindered the work of the band much?

The pandemic definitely put a halt on things for us. When the first US lockdown happened, we were supposed to be flying out to Mexico and then meeting up with Leftover Crack and The Casualties in Texas for a run after that. Like everyone else, we did what we could with live streaming. Most of it was focused on finishing up the songs for Noise Noise Noise. We made the best of it as much as we could.

You released the title track of the album as a single back in August.  What can you tell us about the track?

It was a song that Brenna had floating around since before the first album was even written, we were stuck writing the second record and needed a spark, and we asked Brenna to dig it out. Brenna actually brought to us almost finished.

What sort of music are you influenced by, and what have you been listening to recently that you can recommend?

TROJAN RECORDS!!

The album was produced by Fat Mike, Yotam, Ben Horin & Cameron Webb. How was it working with them, and how were the writing and recording process?

They all bring different things to the table. And it was great to work with all of them. Yotam’s a melody master. He reminds me of a punk Paul Simon. Cameron is that extra spice you didn’t know you needed. You think your song is there, but then Cameron comes in with some ideas from left field, and we’re like, “well duh, of course that’s part of the song now, how was it ever not?” And Mike is this master of song creation. His brain works twenty times faster than anyone I’ve met. We were working on Panic Dreaming, and he started at point A and flurried to point Z in a matter of seconds. Evolving new chord progressions, stretching the melodies, chopping and adding phrases. I had to put my phone recorder on cause I knew I was gonna miss so much gold. He works so fast it’s unbelievable.

You’re currently on Fat Wreck Chords. How is it working with the label?

They have made all of this feel so good and comfortable, so much support, and always want to hear our ideas. Most importantly, the support, though. We definitely have a lot to thank our Fat Wreck family for.

Any last words for the fans?

We can’t wait to see everyone again. We’re trying to play everywhere, especially the places we haven’t played yet. So thank you for being patient, and thank you for sticking with us! It’s gonna be a great feeling to sing and dance with everyone!