Interviews: Our Last Crusade

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Deathcore band, Our Last Crusade from Canada. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

We’ve always maintained that the band name came from the movie, “Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade”, and it fits our mantra that our crusade is to bring our brand of music to as many people as possible!

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

We all grew up with various different influences but were drawn to the amount of impact this heavier genre can have on a listener. Metal allows for such a wide range of lyrical themes and topics and does not feel confined to a certain viewpoint, it’s very experimental and allows us to really express ourselves. Not to mention, watching a crowd go crazy live to this music is one of the most rewarding and visceral experiences for a performer, there is an immediate measurable physical response that is hard to top.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

Some members were friends beforehand, but many others have come and gone. This current lineup has been together for the past 7 years and we have developed really amazing bonds with each other in that time!

4. Each band member favourite band?

Adrian – The Acacia Strain

Brady – Third Eye Blind

Kyle – Pink Floyd

Keifer – Zero 7

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

We mainly write for ourselves, we create music we want to listen to and we want to have fun playing! Lyrically, a lot of inspiration comes from books, film, philosophy, greek mythology, exploring mental health and illnesses, and constant self-reflection, the world isn’t always bright, and sharing your struggles or thoughts can really help reduce that weight as well as help others understand they aren’t the only ones experience feelings of self-doubt, anxiety, depression, and anger.

6. Where was your last gig?

We just recently played our album release parties on January 13th at Dickens and January 14th at Temple Room in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, respectively. The response we had to the album live was unparalleled! We had to mosh the entire time both nights, women carrying other women running into a wall of death, crowd surfing, guest vocalists on stage, and even one dude crawling across the damn ceiling!

7. Where would you like to act?

We want to play the world eventually, anywhere that will have us. At the moment, we are still expanding within our own borders here in Canada, looking to play Toronto and Montreal later this year if things go well!

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

An absolute dream would be to feature alongside some of our favorite acts in The Acacia Strain, Northlane, Periphery, The Black Dahlia Murder, Rivers of Nihil, Silent Planet, we could go on for several pages honestly just naming bands. 

9. Whom not?

Anyone involved in any kind of abuse.

10. Have any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

Absolutely, in the beginning, there were legs that wouldn’t stop shaking, and trembling voices speaking to the crowd, it happens to everyone! The best advice is to get up there and get into that first song IMMEDIATELY. Once you’re playing and you see the crowd reaction, you’ll forget all your worries and self-doubt and just enjoy the experience, don’t drag it out, jump into it. Of course, the more you do it, the more comfortable you feel!

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Bands that have not been afraid to write for themselves and push the envelope in what music can mean. Northlane has been an amazing example of fusion and exploring different styles, The Black Dahlia Murder’s Trevor Strnad wrote lyrics like a published classic horror novel with screams that danced across the music and bore such charisma, Periphery writes what they want for no one else but themselves and constantly pushes production to new heights, and The Acacia Strain show us to unabashedly be yourself, to create your brand without apology. 

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

So far the requests have been reasonable haha.

13. What do you think of your fans?

Our fans are on another level, the amount of support they show us and the response they give us live are unrivaled. We have had people purchase our entire catalog of merch in a night (like 15 different items and designs to one person), women with broken legs using a walker in the middle of a wall of death, and others climbing trees to get to a second story window to headbang to a set, it’s honestly unbelievable the response and love we have seen as a smaller act here in Canada. To all our fans listening worldwide, we can’t wait to see you in the future! We love you all.

14. What do you think of our site?

Tremendous, what a site, everyone goes check out BreathingTheCore right now! Thank you for all you do to support underground acts.

15. Something to add?

Thank you all and please give our newest full-length “Death Wins” a listen if you can! We appreciate any and all feedback, and we can’t wait for this next part of our journey. We will be playing more shows this year than any year prior so keep your eyes peeled for a couple tour announcements, several festivals we’ve got lined up, and of course, more hometown shows here in Calgary, Alberta. Follow us on our socials and Spotify to make sure you don’t miss a thing!

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