November 21, 2011
Last under The Sun will be playing in Holland and Germany this week in case you are around and fancy a drink and some music madness. Last Under The Sun have a new website, a download page on bandcamp.mu and a page on Facebook. The band have a new 5 song EP called “Hooligan Jihad” recorded in 2010 available to stream, download or share. You can download pretty much everything for free so help yourself.
Sam Fry Passed away in September 2011. He was the second drummer with Last Under The Sun from 2001 to 2002, he played many gigs and played the drums on the the 30 second 30 song first demo called “Defect” and the 8 songs that made up “Windfall” that the band produced around the same time.
Sam was a really good drummer and a kind, caring, decent bloke you could sit down and have a proper chat with. When we weren’t at band practice, or on the way to a gig, Sam came down to the gigs I was organising at The Old Railway. He would spend the evening chatting to bands, people who showed up for the gig or Rhys who was behind the soundesk. He liked Bob Dylan and introduced me to Shellac – “1000 hurts” and a band called Lvmen. I first met him when he was playing drums for Eggraid, he was someone I really liked from the start and he was a fan of Redshift too.When Sam left Last Under The Sun he joined Eastfield and I kept in touch now and then but he moved on to Plymouth and I left him to get on with it, expecting to bump into him at another gig, another day, in another place. That never happened.
I’ve been almost without words since I heard he had gone, he was a good mate. Like many experiences in life, you don’t realise how special things are until they’re all gone. Last Under the sun will be playing some of the songs that Sam helped write when he was in the band on the tour. The shows will be dedicated to Sam and anyone who has lost a friend or loved one before their time. The Show must go on, Sam will not be forgotten.
Kopi, Berlin DE Sat Nov 26th 8pm
Raumstation, Frankfurt DE Sun Nov 27th 8pm
“Awesome “new” CD from this Birmingham Band….I Love This! This is their third CD and they’re all good. At times emo sounding, reminding me of bands like Sensefield, but with more angst and more dischordant, at times they’re faster and angrier but still keeping their melody. This was actually recorded in 2005 and came out early 2010! New recordings are planned I believe. Lets hope so. They’ve toured extensively throughout Uk and Europe, but still they don’t seem to be at all well known, maybe because they don’t fit into the trendy style of punk, these are way under-rated, seriously, you won’t hear many better bands than this! – Steve” Steve, Ripping Thrash, Issue 27, 2011
“My first exposure to this band, though being on Iron Man I had suspected something intense was on the cards. Right enough, intensity forms a large part of what Last Under The Sun do as they pile-drive their way through the seventeen tracks that make up the CD. This album was actually recorded back in 2005, but unreleased until now. The drumming on here is incredible though unfortunately the press sheet tells me the guy pounding them committed suicide earlier this year. He’d departed the band shortly after these sessions wrapped up, to be replaced soon after, so perhaps this is intended as a memorial piece. Certainly it would be difficult to imagine these songs with a different drummer, given the nature of the arrangement which almost places the drums out front as a lead instrument. Not the regular 9 to 5 and an interesting breakaway from standardised craftsmanship. “ Riot 77 Issue 15 2011
“One of the greatest (if not the greatest) bands to come out of England in the past 10 years. That’s a bold statement and yes I made it because I totally believe it too. This band is brutal, hard hitting, powerful, with deep lyrics, genius, talented and amazing live too. I could go on, and I will. The guitars and riffs this band produce are world class and will fuel the hardest stomper. The best of the best at what they do. They are hardcore, they are punk, they are metal, they are a million other great things, Last Under The Sun are the band I want playing at my funeral. I think that says it all really. If a band makes you want to hear them after you are dead then that truly must be the ultimate thing.” Nick J Townsend, Rock Links / Nick J Townsend’s Monthly Column
“Look past the poor CD cover and you’ll discover some damn fine, catchy, full of hooks, punk, with the occasional more thrashy number. It makes me think of One By One crossed with say, Left For Dead and towards the end it seems to give a nod to Dischord/Fugazi. My only concern is the sound quality. Is that the sound they wanted? It sounds like an old tape in that the sound seems to come and go…like it’s turned up too loud on a cheap stereo and its distorting. At first it bothered me more but I’m getting used to it now. 7/10.” Bald Cactus Issue 28 2011
“Considering most of them are in Police Bastard they are much more melodic than you’d expect, but over the years their sense of melody and the superbly-crafty songs have slowly, but surely grown on me. The vocals do not make the listening experience any easier. They hold an almost spoken word quality about them that breaks into a shout on songs such as Summers Day and, again, they may take a while to grow on you. To all intents and purposes Last… are a punk band, but they’re a punk band which transcends punk and takes it off in a unique direction – one that defies labelling. Sure they have fast songs, and sure the drums can, on occasion, pound you into submission, but many of the songs are built around a slow-burning melody that grows and grows as the song progresses. And it’s this quality that sets Last… apart from the pack. And that, my friends, is certainly no bad thing. We need a few more band doing something “different”.” Itchy Bum, Itchy Bum ‘Zine 2010
September 22, 2011
Sam Fry Passed away this weekend. He was the second drummer with Last Under The Sun from 2001 to 2002, he played many gigs and played the drums on the the 30 second 30 song first demo called “Defect” and the 8 songs that made up “Windfall” that the band produced around the same time.
If anyone has any more photos of Sam when he was in Last Under The Sun with Rhys and myself, please send a copy across. I didn’t have a decent camera in those days so i have no photos of him at all that I can find.
He was a good drummer and a kind, caring, decent bloke you could sit down and have a proper chat with. When we weren’t at band practice, or on the way to a gig, Sam came down to the gigs I was organising at The Old Railway. He would spend the evening chatting to bands, people who showed up for the gig or Rhys who was behind the soundesk. He liked Bob Dylan and introduced me to Shellac – “1000 hurts” and a band called Lvmen. I first met him when he was playing drums for Eggraid, he was someone I really liked from the start and he was a fan of Redshift too.
When Sam left Last Under The Sun he joined Eastfield and I kept in touch now and then but he moved on to Plymouth and I left him to get on with it, expecting to bump into him at another gig, another day, in another place. That never happened.
I’m almost without words now that he’s gone, he was a good mate. Like many experiences in life, you don’t realise how special things are until they’re all gone – Mark 21st Sept 2011
August 5, 2011
Gary was a managing director at Scrap Records and of the band called “2000 DS”. A.K.A 2000 Dirty Squatters, the band were known for an uncompromisingly gritty urban hardcore punk sound. The last time I saw Gary was when 2000 DS played in Milton Keynes at the European Collective gig “Across the Decades” in 2000.
Here are some words from http://www.scraprecords.com :
“It is with great sadness we inform you of the untimely deaths of Gary, his daughter Caisie, friends Kath and Talei in a motor accident in Trelawney, Jamaica. Gary’s daughter Josie is in a serious condition in Falmouth hospital…. Caisie’s boyfriend Luke was injured in the crash. Words are not enough.”
There’s more info on the Scrap Records homepage.
In an update I read a few moments ago, John of A.O.S.3 said “2000 DS – they are LEGENDS. One of those bands whose truth is far stranger than fiction.”
Please ask anyone in a band who has access to a mic over coming days, at Rebellion or wherever, to make sure the news goes out.
Richie from Reknaw just phoned me, he said “Gary DS was one of the good ones.”
Underground music will miss him and the members of his family who died with him.
If anyone has any updated information or any other details to add with reference to this post please let me know as this is all I have to work with at the moment.
Love goes out to his family and friends…..
February 15, 2010
Skinny Tribute Saturday 6th March 2010
A benefit gig and a celebration of the life of Paul “Skinny” Kelly 1966-2009
COITUS / COLDWAR / THE RESTARTS / P.A.I.N / DREAD MESSIAH / FLEAS and LICE / MASS COMA
The Jamm 261 Brixton Road,London SW9 6LH 8 till late, £10 entry
February 12, 2010
Jay Reatard aka Jimmy Lee Lindsey, Jr. died in his sleep on Wednesday morning. He was 29 years old.
He is survived by his mother Devonna May, his father Jimmy Lindsey, and his sisters Leslie Lindsey, Stephanie Duncan and Gara May. He’ll be missed by music fans all over the world.
With 22 full-length albums and over 100 releases, Jay dedicated his life to music. He played nearly one thousand shows in over 20 countries around the world. He was incredibly grateful for all the support his fans gave him over the years.
The memorial service took place on Saturday, January 16 at 5:00pm at Memorial Park Funeral Home, 5668 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN. This was open to the public.
If you knew, played with, or were a fan of Jay and his music, please share your thoughts, stories, memories and condolences.
I got a message through from Adam Shore who has been working with Jay for some time. He asked that I pass these comments on:
Adam Said: “I want to thank you all for your calls, texts and emails. It’s good know there’s so much support out there and warm thoughts for Jay. It’s just an unbearably sad time. The funeral was at 5pm 16th January 2010. You can read lots of great testimonials here…..”