When Neil Young released his anti_Iraq war album ‘Living With War’ he bemoaned the fact that no one else was releasing music protesting at this and other injustices so that it fell to an elder statesman of rock like him to do it. Fast forward nearly two decades and the world is still full of injustice, war and poverty but the protest song traditions are being upheld in some style by New York duo The Last Internationale.
They have left their label to keep editorial control of their music, gone through being evicted from their flat and more but it’s the quality of their music and lyrics that lets you know these guys are the real deal. Their second album ‘Soul On Fire’ is soaked in sixties and seventies influences, gritty and rough around the edges, bluesy, soulful sounds taken from what’s gone before and brought right up to date with a steely passion.
Delila Paz has a voice that will stop you in your tracks and when paired with Edgey Pires’ masterful, imaginative use of fuzzy, edgy guitar licks and heartfelt lyrics about life, love and the injustices of life in the modern world the result is stunning.
‘Soul On Fire’ is a triumphant return after five years of hell and hard work since their debut ‘We Will Reign’ and after successful support slots with The Cult and Rival Sons March will see them play a select few UK headline dates. These shows are going to be incendiary.
Tue 17th Mar – 100 Club, London (UK)
Wed 18th Mar – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham (UK)
Thu 19th Mar – Exchange, Bristol (UK)
Sat 21st Mar – Night People, Manchester (UK)
Sun 22nd Mar – Stereo, Glasgow (UK)