SWN presents THE LAST REPUBLIC/TOWN/KILL CASSIDY
Sat 1st October 2011
Sin City, Swansea
The Last Republic formed in 2008, after meeting at the infamous rock venue The Duke of Wellington in Neath, South Wales. After gigging their way around Wales’ and London’s club circuit, they forged a reputation as a ‘must see’ live act and soon scored their first big break after entering Virgin Media’s ‘The Road To V’ competition.
After weeks of TV coverage and seeing off competition from over 3500 bands, The Last Republic followed in the footsteps of The Young Knives and Bombay Bicycle Club to win the competition. Receiving 20,000 votes in the final, the band earned the right to play on The Main Stage at the V Festival alongside the likes of Oasis and The Killers in front of 10,000 people each day.
Following this success, The Last Republic toured the UK several times, performed at numerous UK festivals, received national airplay from BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music, XFM, NME, Q and Kerrang Radio and played a sold-out support show at London’s O2 Arena – all before releasing their debut album, ‘Parade’, to widespread critical acclaim towards the end of 2010.
Described by lead signer Jonnie Owen as being about “the malaise of social degradation and the subversion of morality”, ‘Parade’ is full of anthems for a generation, with the strangely uplifting melancholic melodies perfectly complimented by the distorted grandeur of the band’s sonic soundscapes.
After extensively touring the UK for the final three months of 2010, The Last Republic began 2011 with a an invitation to perform at The News International Awards in London, where the band were introduced by The Sun’s Gordon Smart as their ‘Bizarre Top Tip for 2011’, describing the band as “the real deal.”
As one of the hardest working live bands around, The Last Republic spent January & February 2011 on two sell-out tours of mainland Europe before heading to Austin, Texas, in March to perform a string of packed live shows at this year’s SXSW.
The Last Republic have since toured the UK throughout May 2011 and played the Download, Godiva, Outside:Inside Festival and Bearded Theory festivals, amongst others, in between returning to the recording studio to complete their second album, due for release in Spring 2012.
“...speaking of the future, here are a band who have a big part in it.” – Zane Lowe – BBC Radio 1
“Vibrant cinematic tracks filled with energetic riffs and singalong choruses” – The Fly magazine
“The Last Republic are making a name for themselves as purveyors of soaring epic anthems...Catchier than the clap and dressed sharper than razors, it's clear that The Last Republic have the proverbial 'bigger things' lined up squarely in their crosshairs.”. – Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1
“Parade confidently indicates that the sky is pretty much the limit for The Last Republic.” – Kerrang! magazine
“The Last Republic rustle up a big, blustery, stadium-sized noise on their fully fledged debut, Parade. Shades of Keane, Muse and Manic Street Preachers are everywhere, all driven home by Jonnie Owen’s impassioned vocals. As recipes go, there’s an undeniable logic.” – Q magazine