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The Sonic Declarations of Last Union

The Sonic Declarations of Last Union

Italian progressive metal band Last Union has declared their sonic declaration of independence in nothing short of an epic way. Twelve is their latest auditory manifesto, jammed packed with inspiring compositions that will set the imagination in flight.  In addition to the massively talented core membership of vocalist Elisa Scarpeccio and guitarist Cristiano Tiberi, Twelve by Last Union also features the grand participation of Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrieMike LePond of Symphony X on bass, and the one and only Uli Kusch from Helloween and Masterplan on drums. Twelve is now available worldwide via the mighty ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records!  Here is recent interview we conducted with vocalist Elisa to further exploration into the vibrant entreaties of Last Union.  Read on…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Last Union, and how long the band has been together.
I am Elisa, singer-songwriter from Italy. In Last Union I am co-writer with Cristiano, the guitar player. The band has been together for at least a decade and in the beginning there were three of us…me, Cristiano and Claudio (Feliziani) at keyboards: a little group of friends having dreams in common. Claudio co-wrote some songs with us…we share a lot of good memories of our time together!

Where is Last Union based out and what is your music scene like there?
In the centre of Italy. Even though I am from Liguria (North of Italy), I’ve lived in the Marche, mostly: I soon got to know the guys and found myself singing and composing in a metal band. I must say the music scene is sacrificed here: we tend to build factories, not song structures. And if there is someone wanting to approach music it will often have to do with competitions or TV shows, otherwise you go for classical studies. Where we live, it’s rare to meet a person who listens to something different from Italian or international pop music like crazy. Nothing against it, don’t get me wrong here…we like many pop songs, but not ONLY popular music, you know…there are too many music genres and artists that are still unknown here!

We felt our interests were different from the start but at the same time that’s the way we found inspiration in a hostile situation.

How did you wind up signing with ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records?
Actually we were looking for a good and trusted label to distribute our music and ROAR! even expressed an interest for our album. That’s how Most Beautiful Day (self-released back in December 2016) was re-released under the name Twelve (via ROAR! exactly 2 years later) and including a fresh version of President Evil, our first single. We are very grateful for this opportunity.

Is there any overall story or concept behind the CD title Twelve? Who did the cover art for Twelve and how much input did you have on it?
The idea behind the concept/cover art was suggested by Cristiano, the guitar player. The artwork was done by the talented Thomas Ewerhard who previously did the cover art for Most Beautiful Day.

There were 11 songs/chapters/hours in Most Beautiful Day and Twelve is the 12th and final chapter/hour (there’s a clock in the actual album cover) of our work. Twelve is “our moment”, the moment we are living right now that we have the opportunity to get our music heard, to live the dream.

Select two songs from Twelve and what inspired the lyrics.
President Evil, the “Day Of Righteousness” tells about the existential conflict of a corrupted businessman torn between power and his responsibilities, who’s hopelessly trying to find a way out of the dirty work. But the twisted minds surrounding him are leading him to be a bad man against his will.

Back In The Shadow, the “Day Of Independence”, is a song about gambling addiction.

How did James Labrie of Dream Theater wind up being involved with Twelve and have you performed any of the song live with him yet?
During the composing process it became evident that there were songs inspired by one of our all time favourite bands, Dream Theater. Especially when it was time for Taken, from the early draft it was like I could almost hear James’ voice. We just followed our intuition that we should really contact him somehow, that clear idea in mind forced us to be determined, we wanted to give it a try. After a while we happily received James’ reply that he liked our work and that he would have been on board!

Not yet! We would love to.

Mike LePond and Uli Kusch are like the dream rhythm section for progressive rock and metal. How did they become involved with Last Union?
Yes, they are really amazing musicians and it has been a real pleasure and privilege to watch them play together live during the video shooting for Most Beautiful Day!

We have wanted to invite Uli and Mike to be part of Last Union because we truly love their work, we needed their passion.

Back in the days me and Cristiano, wanting to take forward the project, realized that it was