Instrumental progressive metal duo from Montreal, The Last Colour, explore the darkness within the genre on their debut album Beautiful Apocalypse which was released earlier this year. Yohann Boudreault (guitars) and Simon Langlois (drums) talked for Rocking Charts and gave us insight to their work.
What made you go for the name The Last Colour?
For us, The Last Colour means darkness. In fact, this is the last color seen before passing away. So we want to play with intensity and feel the same emotions as if we were playing for the very last time. It’s a little dark isn’t it? Ha ha!
How do you usually describe your music?
Our music style is an intense and heavy instrumental progressive metal. It includes various influences, rhythmic complexity, polyrhythm, but also simple riffs and trippy melodies easy to listen to.
What is your writing process like?
We get together to play and share our latest experimentations, we record and keep the best moments or interesting riffs. We create a bank of sound elements and try to build parts with these small pieces. Thereafter we each work on our own to develop some ideas and make arrangements for different parts. We do a quick pre-prod later with programmed drums to have an overview of the whole picture. Finally we refined the ideas until the final versions are ready to be recorded with real drums.
Who or what is your inspiration, if you have any?
Music is a necessity for us. We need it to stay alive. We want to create music without compromise. Having been both freelance musicians in the past, we have made every conceivable compromise musically and the creation of this group is a direct response to that.
Several recent bands or musicians have inspired us by their will and determination. Some started from nothing, self-producing and rose through the ranks gradually as Bulb from Periphery for example.
What is your favorite piece on the Beautiful Apocalypse album?
We don’t necessarily have a favorite song; we love all the tracks on the album. They all have something interesting. If we had to choose one, it could be The Illusion because it represents well the many variations that can be done with a simple rhythmic idea. We like to play with the multiple possibilities offered by a pattern or a melody.
What makes Beautiful Apocalypse different?
Unlike many albums in this style, we try to keep the human aspect present in the execution. So we do not use samples for drums and we keep the musician’s feel even if it’s not perfect. It’s less robotic this way, more relaxed. Our drums have a more natural sound (for this style of music) that breathes more than the programmed drums. It makes a wide variety of sound and a range of nuances that is much more interesting. The imperfections are part of our music and it’s fully assumed.
What should music lovers expect from Beautiful Apocalypse?
Music lovers can expect a mix of genres with influences starting from the 80’s until today. Some will recognize several music styles, like jazz fusion, electro, hard rock and even chiptune.
What kind of emotions would you like your audience to feel when they listen to your music?
We hope that people will enjoy and let carry themselves in our musical universe. We would like that people who listen to the album discover something different and share that discovery with everyone.
Which do you like most, life in the studio or on tour?
We have not toured yet with The Last Colour so studio life is what we know best for now. We’re getting our show ready and really look forward to have our music discovered by the rest of the world!
Pick your three favourite albums that you would take on a desert island with you.
It’s very difficult to choose only three albums, but if we really had to do it this could be Master of Puppets from Metallica, Images and Words from Dream Theater and Vulgar Dispay of Power from Pantera.