The Last Year
Hailing from Baltimore, The Last Year is an alternative rock band. The act stems from an idea of front-girl Niki Barr, on vocals, and Scott Ensign, playing bass and synth. The pair, complemented by drummer, BJ Kerwin, and guitarist, Scott Griffith, approach their music with diverse influences, ranging from the hook heavy hits of The Cars to the spacey, hypnotic sounds of the late 80’s to early 90’s acts, like The Cure and Portishead. The band has managed to mix retro influences with modern appeal and it’s magical. Having toured over 30 countries on three continents, The Last Year is no stranger to the stage. Guided by Barr’s coy, yet powerful melodies and unique body language, blended with the band’s array of synth growls, driving rhythms and swirling guitar sounds, their show is a spectacle and a must-see.
The Last Year teamed up with Shanachie Entertainment to release their debut EP in 2015. The EP’s lead single “Sugar”, which bridges the gap between The Smiths and the infectious, radio-friendly indie rock hooks of Metric, was spun on radio stations across the US, including SiriusXM’s Alt Nation, WWDC 101, WLUM, KWSS, and WWWX. NPR Music included the band in their Austin 100 just before their appearance at SXSW 2015. The band went on to build a national following, supporting acts like Phantogram, Tove Lo, Nico Vega, Semi Precious Weapons, and Neon Hitch.
Static Automatic, the band’s first full-length record, will be available exclusively on their Static Automatic Spring Tour, kicking off in DC on March 29th, 2016. The single “Rush” may be their best alternative/pop crossover to date, bridging their synth and indie rock influences, and creating a colorful sound reminiscent of St. Lucia, MS MR, and Chvrches.