XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Brian: We currently have a 3-song EP entitled ‘Prelude’ due out Oct 11th. It will feature two originals and a cover. We have plans to play some weekend excursions over the next few months, with Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Rochester booked so far. This will all lead up to our sophomore release, ‘Evolution,’ in July 2020 which we will do a longer tour in support of.
XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?
Brian: The Last Reign started back in May of 2015, however, there have been many lineup changes with the only consistent member being, Brian Platter, founder, guitarist, and songwriter. The current lineup has been together since the beginning of 2019 and we are stronger than ever.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
Brian: I think the main motivation for all of us is simply the love of the game. If you’re doing it for any other reason, you’re doing it wrong. The entertainment industry is extremely difficult to break into. If that happens for you great, but that should never be your main motivation. We all just love playing music and it’s cool when you find a group of like-minded people to share that with.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Brian: Primarily metal, but I enjoy plenty of other styles of music. As a musician, you shouldn’t limit yourself to one genre. Other favorites are 80’s new wave/synthwave and hip hop.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Brian: I know the feeling I get when I listen to that classic 90’s era of melodic death metal and ours is that people get the same feeling from our music. It’s a genre that still exists today, but not band bands sound like they did back in the mid-’90s.
XS ROCK: What are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.)
Brian: As I mentioned above, our immediate plans are to release our next full length by the summer of 2020, hopefully, land some label support and hit the road.
XS ROCK: What are your long-term career goals?
Brian: It’s tough to think about long-term goals when there is already so much to do in the forefront. However, given the opportunity to share a stage with bands like At the Gates, Mors Principium Est, Arch Enemy and other melodic death metal bands from the mainstream would be some pretty solid aspirations.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Brian: I don’t think there is an actual preference for one over the other. Each has their own gratifying moments, but each also carries its own frustrations. It’s always exciting to write/record new material, but the recording process itself can be painful and tedious. Playing live is another beast all its own. Personally, I love playing shows, but I realize that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. And of course, there are many numbers of issues that you can run in to with shows as well. Overall, I think you can’t really have one without the other and it’s a matter of balance to keep the fans and yourself entertained.
XS ROCK: What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Brian: I suppose in general our songs tend to be about dystopian futures and the destruction of man. Our second full length, ‘Evolution,’ will be a concept album about how civilizations continual destroy through science and religion. There is no correct path because we are our ultimate demise as a whole.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road?
Brian: Aside from your run of the mill drinking and debauchery, our road life has been pretty tame compared to other shit that I hear about. I know that’s pretty anticlimactic, haha. We’re gonna have to up our game this time around though!
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Brian: Sadly, nothing comes to mind. I guess we just haven’t hit that type of stardom yet, but we’ll get there.
XS ROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
Brian: The parents have always been very supportive. My mother more so than my father, just from her attendance at dozens of shows. She still makes it out whenever she is able to. She’s a trooper.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Brian: As a band, We Will Walk Through Fire and a new one title Ironclad Torment that we will be playing out soon are probably two of our favorites. Gray Agenda is another good one.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Brian: For me personally, Stevie Ray Vaughan has been my inspiration from my early days as a guitar player. I had started playing guitar around the age of 13 and played for about a year and a half before putting it down for like 6 months. Then I happened to catch the VH1 Legends story on SRV and something just clicked. I played for 3 hours that night and haven’t put the guitar down since.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
In Flames (Circa ’96-’00)
At the Gates
Mors Principium Est
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Brian: To be honest, I am extremely proud of our debut album, ‘Expulsion from Paradise.’ For as long as I’ve been playing music, I’ve always wanted to make a melodic death metal record, but until I formed The Last Reign, I was not objective or talented enough to get the job done properly. Even now, there are dozens of riffs that I scrap because I just don’t feel like they are good enough for our followup.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Brian: I would most likely still be doing some sort of creative work, I am a graphic designer by trade. Of course, I had aspirations as a kid to be a marine biologist, but that didn’t quite pan out. Haha
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Brian: I use a Peavey 5150 II half stack with a few pedals. I know that a lot of guitar players are going the digital route. Although they do sound great, I just love the warm tone you get from a nice tube amp. At least for now…
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Brian: I think that metal, in general, is on an uprise which is good. Local scenes are a bit tough. I love the Buffalo metal scene, but it certainly comes with its own frustrations. One of my biggest pet peeves is musicians that practically beg to get you out to one of their shows and then never show up for one of yours. Even more so when bands don’t stick around for other bands that they play with. That’s just shitty.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Brian: I cosplay as the Joker for a charity group and for fun too 🙂
XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
Brian: A classic 90’s era Gothenburg throwback with a few modern influences.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Brian: Just simply keep listening and buy merchandise from bands on tour, every little bit helps!
The Last Reign:
Adam Svensson – vocals
Brian Platter – guitars
Seth Welty – Bass
Vince Mayer – drums