Our Last Crusade Issues Album And Band Lineup Update
Our Last Crusade has checked in with the following announcement about lineup changes and working on a new album:
"Hey there OLC fans, friends, and newcomers. As some of you have noticed, we haven’t been playing shows or offering any substantial updates in the past few months. We have been trying to stay active on our main social media sites (Twitter, Instagram, Vine), but it can be difficult with all of our different schedules as of late.
"The good news is that we have spent the last 6 months writing our first full-length album. We are currently in the process of finishing preproduction for the last couple of songs. With this album, we decided that if we were going to put our money towards a full length, we wanted to record it somewhere that would give us the best possible final product. This has meant saving our money and committing it all to record this album at a professional studio. This is money that could have been spent on a van, trailer, or new merch instead. Considering most of us have one year left of university, investing our money into recording at an established studio benefits OLC’s future more than having the means to tour at the moment.
"So with that, our first announcement: In August, we will be heading to Sanford, Florida to record our first full length album at Audiohammer Studios with producers Eyal Levi and Jason Suecof. Eyal and Jason have worked with bands such as Reflections, Unearth Official, The Black Dahlia Murder, Chelsea Grin, Job For A Cowboy, August Burns Red, The Contortionist and whitechapel. Both have years of experience recording and producing metal records. We are very excited to have the opportunity to record at the same studio so many great bands have been before. We are confident that recording this album at Audiohammer will help us produce the best performance and quality possible. This record will showcase the best material OLC has written to this point. We have not yet decided on a release date, but we can assure you all that it is coming in the future.
"Saving money and being able to contribute your share of expenses can be difficult when you are in a band. Money is the biggest cause of conflict in bands that we have seen fall apart. Though we have high aspirations and big plans for the future of OLC, for the time being it is ultimately an expensive hobby. There is always something to spend money on when you are in a band. Unfortunately, sometimes there isn’t extra money to save or contribute. Shit happens in life that you can’t control. Sometimes money needs to be spent on things you weren’t expecting. The pressure of making sure ends meet, never mind saving for band expenses, takes away from the reason you are in a band in the first place. You lose your passion and your faith in the band. Your heart just isn’t into it anymore, because the price isn’t worth the uncertain outcome. You don’t want to give up, but there is nothing keeping you going anymore. Lives change and interests change. What makes sense at one point doesn’t necessarily still make sense when other parts of life have changed. What we are saying is that being in a serious band isn’t easy. It’s cliché, but you really have to want to be part of a band and want it more than anything if you ever want a chance of seeing it be successful.
"Earlier this year, our drummer, Garret Brewer, had a string of bad luck and found himself in a similar position as the one we mentioned above. It became clear that various factors outside of the band had begun to eat away at his motivation to stay on board with our plans. After a period of impasse, we mutually decided it was best if we part ways. It was not an easy decision, but with looming deadlines, it was the best course of action for the band. Garret is a very talented drummer and an all around great dude, which makes the situation that much more unfortunate. Though it didn’t work out this time around, we are certain that it won’t be long before he is doing his thing with a new band. The prospect of finding a new member that is able to step in and blend with the band musically and personally is always a daunting task. Like we said, being in a band isn’t easy and it takes a lot more than being able to play your instrument to be a good bandmate.
"We managed to get lucky and with some help of good timing, we were able to fill our vacant drummer and second guitar positions almost immediately after our decision with Garret. A couple of our good friends, Matt & Kyle, had recently ended their band To Take A Life and both were in between projects. We decided it was the perfect time to talk to them about joining OLC, have them take part in the writing process and learn the new material as we work on it. They were both extremely stoked at the opportunity to join the band and got up to speed on the progress we had made. Everything clicked really quickly and in no time, we got right back on track to meet our deadline. We are proud to officially announce OLC’s new drummer boy, Matthew Fraser and Kyle Prusky who will be playing second guitar. We finally found a man handsome enough to fill the void left by our old guitarist, the Spanish stallion, Jon Garcia.
"For the time being, we will continue to practice and perfect the new songs before we head down to Florida in August. We are hoping to get back in show form shortly after we finish up with recording. If all goes well, we should be able to fit a few shows in this fall and keep the ball rolling. As things pick up and get more exciting, we will make a conscious effort to pump out pictures, videos, and updates on a more regular basis.
"If anyone has any questions, or just wants to chit chat, then be sure to hit us up on any of our social media sites. We would love to talk to you all!"
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