Wiltshire rockers One Last Thrill are putting a modern spin on classic hard rock, fusing huge hooky vocals with flying guitar solos for a sound that they describe to us as “catchy, progressive and honest.” We first saw the band supporting Divide in London last month, and were instantly captivated by their engaging rock sound.
The foundations of One Last Thrill were born out of lead vocalist Steph Whitehead, guitarist Oscar Rees and bassist Gareth Haskins, who all went to school together in Andover. The band was completed with the addition of Josh Lock on drums a few years ago and they soon upped their focus on the band as they started playing live music.
They released a debut EP a few years back, which includes the ridiculously catchy opening track About Me and second track Biting At The Bit includes an awesome line about Jeremy Kyle.
But my favourite track from the record is the epic Rotting Away, which opens with a funky little riff that drops into a crooning opening verse. The pace picks up as the riff kicks back in with pounding drums under big singalong vocals that flows into big, Black Sabbath-esque cries of “Rotting away all alone.” A second chorus drops into a section of vocals from Steph that end on a huge high note, then flies straight into a solo by Oscar that feeds into a final chorus.
While the One Last Thrill sound is perhaps best portrayed by the awesome If Leaving Was An Option. It fuses big singalong, melodic rock vocals and guitars, followed by a big guitar solo that feeds into one final blast of the catchy chorus. Check it out in the video below:
Latest single Face It kicks off with a cool repeating riff then drops into a big rock verse with smashes of cymbals kicking in, then a drum roll feeds into a big singalong chorus. Check it out in the video below:
One Last Thrill’s music has been honed by a plethora of musical influences, with Steph’s vocal focused inspiration from Alanis Morisette, P!nk, Myles Kennedy and Stevie Wonder, Blink-182 inspiring Josh to start drumming, as well as bands like Pearl Jam and Green Day. While guitarists like Slash, Jerry Cantrell, Brian May and Rabea Massaad, of two of our former featured bands Dorje and Toska, have had a major influence on Oscar.
And in terms of what they write about, Gareth told us: “Mainly everyday life and its difficulties. Trying to find your place within the grand scheme of things and that it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from. It’s you that determines what you achieve.”
We’re loving the sound of One Last Thrill, and are excited to hear what they have in store for us with their new music later this year.
The band has a tour coming up next month, playing gigs in Bristol, Sheffield and Manchester, with a few singles lined up for release in the next few months. More info on their upcoming gigs is here.