The Last Reign – Interview
Interview with Brian Platter of The Last Reign and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
BP: Melodic Death Metal
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
BP: Our guitarist and songwriter, Brian, started the band back in 2015. Paying homage to bands of the 90s such as In Flames, Soilwork and At the Gates, hoping to capture that classic sound again which doesn’t exist as much today. Within a year and a half we released our debut accompanied by a two week tour. 2019 marks the return of the band after a 2 year hiatus with a new lineup aside from founding member, Brian.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
BP: Despite not being metal, Stevie Ray Vaughan has always been my biggest influence to playing guitar and Queen is my all time favorite band.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
BP: We strive to be able to share our creative outlet with those who will enjoy it all while being able to travel and see new places and meet new people.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
BP: Brian writes the music and Adam arranges the lyrics that were written by our previous vocalist Mike Marlinski. Adam will assume that responsibility once once our sophomore album is done.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
BP: We promote using our social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter, Facebook is generally the best digital place to reach us. We also go out and promote locally within the music scene.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
BP: Downloading and streaming music online can be a really great thing. However, I feel it gets abused. With the ability to independently record and release music causes oversaturation. There is too much to digest and therefore music isn’t appreciated to the same degree anymore.
PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
BP: Bleak. People don’t spend money on music as much anymore, whether that be towards cd’s, merch or going to shows.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
BP: That’s a pretty tough question. There are so many incredibly written songs and each for their own reasons. A song that would be up there is ‘Sanctity of Brothers’ by Unearth. Outside of it being a near perfect song musically, it has a great message of brotherhood and to appreciate the people in your life because nothing lasts forever.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
BP: Musicians who preach about the current music climate however only go out and support the music scene when they are performing, especially when they leave directly after.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
BP: To date, my proudest moment was the release of our debut ‘Expulsion from Paradise.’ Melodic death metal, specifically that 90s style of melodic death, has been a favorite genre of mine ever since I first discovered those bands over 20 years ago.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there
BP: The winter months can get a little light due to Buffalo’s weather conditions. Not just cause lugging gear in snow sucks, but it has a pretty heavy effect on attendance. However, we do a show December 14th at the Bug Jar in Rochester. It’s a great venue and a very solid lineup of melodic death metal bands which in an of itself can be a rare occurrence. Our next local gig will be January 17th at the Rec Room with some heavy hitters from the area and Malpas from Philadelphia who recently toured Europe with Keep of Kalessin and Shade Empire.
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