Volume 91, Issue 90

Thursday, March 19, 1998

Howe 'bout it


Dining at the end of the millennium cafe

©Courtesy of Vamp Records
IT'S OUR LAST SUPPER AND WE'RE GOOD TIPPERS. Come out for some fine musical dining with Last Supper, as they throw their CD release bash tonight at Call the Office.

By Clare Elias

Gazette Staff

Have you eaten your last supper yet, or at least packed a lunch before the end of the millennium approaches? "Something has to change, someone has to break and give way to something new," believes Dan Shwetz, singer from Last Supper.

Over the past three years, travelling through Canada, the United States and the Middle East has cast light over the darkness that once inhabited the band's musical vibe. Their first album, Beginning in the End, focuses on the dark side of life, drawing out a harder edge and louder rhythm.

Before seeing and experiencing other aspects of life, Shwetz admits he only saw the bad side of things. But a marked changed occurred between the first and the second album, Life Line.

"Maybe it had something to do with experiences, like standing by someone during a breakdown in the Grand Canyon, that centred us in the broader scheme of things."

Whatever it was, the sounds following their travels are connected into brooding melodies resembling new-age Metallica and Nine Inch Nails.

"The time together has allowed us to become focused in our music and to package our influences into our sound," says Shwetz and continues to explain that "everyone has a better sense for what their part is in the band, and we have begun to function on the same level of thought."

The lyrics no longer represent the singer's personal point of view, but have come to include the shared experiences of the band, which are collectively written in the new album. Shwetz expresses they would even be happy to be broke in El Paso, just so long as they were experiencing something new and playing music.

This connection is reflected in the tighter, smoother vibes of Life Line, where varying styles ranging from hip hop to blues, are easily detected. Drawing from Mid-East sounds, the band has emulated a 'Tea Partyish' tune, incorporating these sound into their album. Looking to the south, this four-piece band also pulls in the sombre sounds of Alice in Chains.

So the brightness of Shwetz's new-found belief hasn't completely killed off the darkness. The notion that things will make a change for the better, is not completely embraced. "The innocence is lost with people, everyone has become self-indulgent and greedy, we're constantly being bombarded with violent images, but the frightening thing is we're becoming numb to it," acknowledges Shwetz.

The Last Supper's music is definitely not numbing, it has an intensity that fills each song in a differing manner. Shwetz's dimly-lit optimism is reflected in a comfortable and familiar quote: "As we're moving toward the millennium, the world is becoming consumed by its self-indulgence and we're all having our last supper."

Feel free to dig in at Call the Office tonight.

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