Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Olivier: Well, it’s about six and a half year we started with Last Of Us, but we’ve played together before in a black metal band, called Nagrach. In that time, I decided to leave the band, due lack of time at that moment. The band went on with another bass player, but after a while they split up.
David, Steven & Han decided to keep on playing music & write new music together. It was in 2012 that Steven asked me if I would come to a repetition. I was impressed & would like join the band. We started writing new music, tossed old songs away, found a band name, decided to play instrumental music... & after 1year rehearsals, we gave our first gig and people reacted enthusiastic.
5 years (playing gigs, writing new music) later, we felt the time had come to hit the studio.
Proud of our album, we released ‘Swarm’ in January 2018. Nina, who plays violin on a track of the album, is now joining us every gig. Maarten, who did guest vocals, is joining us from time to time on stage.
About 1 year later (so a few months ago), unfortunately, Han (drummer) told us that he would leave the band.
Needless to say, this was sad news. But we decided to search a new drummer and we found a worthy successor in Steven Neirinckx, who was already a good friend of the band.
We rehearsed a few times and things are getting sharp.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
Olivier: Not an easy task. We all listen to all kinds of music and try to mix lot of styles in our music. But I think you can call it: instrumental post-rock/metal (and a touch of black metal).
In my opinion, Amenra, God Is An Astronaut, Neurosis, Mastodon, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Russian Circles…( I can go on with this list) are certainly an influence.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
Olivier: So, we get money to buy a jacuzzi to put in our rehearsal room! Only jokin’, no, I think we’re not the typical metal band and that’s what makes us interesting. Our album Swarm tells a story and the music is written so that the listener imagination gets stimulated and sees visions of the story. Or that he or she gets a certain feeling while listening to our music.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
Olivier: We already released a demo with three songs (mostly used to get gigs) and a full album, ‘Swarm’. This tells the tale of an invasion, if that’s an invasion about humans, aliens, creatures from another dimension…that’s up to the listener, he/she can fill it in how they want.
It had a warm welcome actually, critics were supportive, and people really seemed interested in our album as we sold quite a bunch. We also made it available online, which gave us a good show in The Netherlands- The first edition of ‘Boundless Festival’. Besides that, we got played a few times on a show called ‘Belgian Metal Monday’ on a German online radio channel, a cool concept if you ask us.”
The Belgian Metal Shredder:
"7,5 cordyceps spores out of 10! Last Of Us’s first release is a very enjoyable post-metal album that I’d love to see being performed live in its entirety one day."
Dutch Progressive Rock Page:
"...This album is a worthy companion to Australian post-rockers Dumbsaint’s Panorama – In Ten Pieces or Mogwai’s Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will and any of the albums of Poland’s Tides From Nebula. Last Of Us with Swarm are taking post-rock down some fascinating metal edged by-ways. (8/10)"
"...Last Of Us sure knows how to create a vibe that’s worth a listen. Just a well thought-out album made by some fine Belgian musicians."
Metal To Infinity:
"My rating: 90/100 (Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan)"
"This release made me overthink my life again, and again and again… I guess this will be a CD I will take out of my collection when I am in that specific mood! It made me anyway long for the amazing days I had in the past. The advantage is that these musicians are able to intervene into my mood, my state of mind and that’s really amazing! It means we’re talking about some impressive musicianship! Reaching that goal, with music only, is strong and actually not that easy in Metal. "
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
Olivier: Yes, we do play live since 2013. On the side note, it is not always easy to find gigs. But that’s what we love to do, to play our music live and take the listeners on a trip.
For the moment we’re not playing live, because we’re rehearsing with our new drummer. In June we’ll have his baptism of fire.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
Olivier: We love to play live & as much as we can, and each time we play live, it’s tight and solid, our goal is to produce a maelstrom of music that takes the listener into the tale.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
Olivier: We would like to get many gigs, still grow as a band, write new music and, with that touch and to push out frontiers. Also, it would be nice to get gigs in other countries, so we could tour and meet other people/bands.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
David: You can find our music on Bandcamp where you can buy a digital record,
Physical records can be ordered also by sending us an email @ Lastofuspostmetalband@gmail.com.
Or check us out live, we always have nice merch with us!
On a side note our full length album is also on YouTube, the nice channel ‘Where post rock dwells’ shares a full length album stream.