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Friday, April 24, 2015 Follow us on Twitter @Argus_The Guide Ahead of their Pontypool show, The Last of Us chat to AndyHowells


‘Our music teeters on the edge of rock’


Interview


THE Last of Us formed in early 2013 mixing hard rock and me- lodic tones which gave a nod to the forefathers of 70s and 80s rock’n’roll quickly gaining them a large following in their native coun- ty of Northamptonshire. This, along with their wild and


energetic stage presence, quick- ly catapulted them to the top end of the up-and-comers and they soon found themselves headlin- ing many of London’s best ven- ues for unsigned acts, including The Scala, The Amersham Arms, The 02 Academy, Surya and the 229, to name but a few The Last of Us play alongside


Dutch rockers Synergy Protocol in Pontypool on May 1 at The Patriot and they conclude their tour in Crumlin the following day. Andy Howells recently put ques- tions to the band.


Who are you and how did you come together? We are The Last of Us and


we consist of James Shaw on vocals, James Cutler on Bass, Adam Brown on guitar and Dave Quigley on drums We were formed in April 2013


and began life as a three-piece acoustic act before seeing an ad online for a drummer seek- ing a band, which is where we discovered Dave. One audition later and TLOU were formed. We chose the name as we all come from backgrounds in previous bands and this was basically our last chance at making it happen.


How would you describe your music style? Our music teeters on heavy/


aggressive rock but has obvious melodic influences which derive from classic 70s and 80s rock outfits such as Zeppelin and AC/ DC... although we just call it ‘sex- rock’.


What’s been your best live experience?


Bringing back the harmonies


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JANGLE: The Hollies


LEGENDARYLancashire rock group The Hollies are set to take St David’s Hall by storm this Sunday (26 April) with a night of huge hits. At the height of the Swing-


ing Sixties, the group dominat- ed the pop music scene with a staggering 231 weeks in theUK charts throughout the decade. They are one of the few Brit- ish bands of the early 1960s that have never officially split up, and they continue to capti- vate worldwide audiences. De- servedly, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010 for their services to music. The Hollies released their


first album way back in 1964 and although the record


ON TOUR: The Last Of Us We have had some amazing


live experiences since we start- ed out, but there are two that really stand out. The first was our debut London show at the Amersham Arms in which we supported The Vaccines at their end of tour DJ set. We were on as main support


but it was such a massively in- die-style gig, so we assumed we would go down like a lead balloon, but the crowd loved it. It really set our minds in the right


Night of Marley music


FANS of the life and music of the late great Bob Marley are in for a treat in June as the UK’s leading Bob Marely trib- ute, Legend, makes a welcome return to the Congress Thea- tre, Cwmbran on the 26th. Legend – The Ultimate Bob


Marley Experience, debuted at the theatre in 2012 to a delight- ed audience who were on their feet all night. Newport-based Shantaram Events bring them back this year. “People who caught them first-time around at the Con- gress enjoyed an evening of music of a very high calibre,


accompanied by the wonderful Marley-esque atmosphere that makes Bob Marley’s music so popular,” says Chris Johnson, of Shantaram Events. “And anyone who missed them in 2012 now has the chance to come along and enjoy a fantastic night of flawless music and entertain- ment, from a group who truly deserve the respect they re- ceive.” Tickets are on sale now from


the venue, or seeticktets.com. Visit shantaramevents.org for details or followthem on Face- book: ShantaramEvents UK


TRIBUTE: Legend


place for where we wanted to go with this band. Also our head- liner at The Surya in London, in 2014. The crowd invaded the stage for our final song, which was awesome.


What are you working on at the moment? We have just finished our first


music video which you can find on our social network pages as-well as YouTube and we are preparing for the release


of our first official single The Rhythm of My Drum in May.


Where can we see you live? We are always adding new


dates, but we head on our first UK tour with Dutch metal outfit Synergy Protocol on April 25- May 2 when we’ will be hitting nine venues across the Mid- lands, Yorkshire and Wales.


Check out facebook.com/ thelastofusnorthampton


peaked at No.2, it was in the singles charts that they really found their niche with a string of perfect pop tunes. Hits like I’m Alive, I Can’t Let Go and He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother consolidated their status as British rock royalty. The Hollies’ three-part har- monies, jangly guitars and marvellous melodies are in- stantly recognisable. Relive their stunning back catalogue live at St David’s Hall. Limited tickets are still avail-


able priced £26.50 and £29.50 (plus a £2.95 ticket service charge per transaction). To book your seats, please


visit www.stdavidshallcardiff. co.uk or call the box office on 029 2087 8444.


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