Melbourne heavy rock outfit The Last Martyr have released Afterglow. The tune is a nostalgic rocker with an unexpected twist in the form of a trap-inspired second verse.
Afterglow is accompanied by a 'visualizer' style video that was filmed by the band themselves in iso on their phones and then handed over to frequent collaborator D.O Blackley from Her Name Is Murder Productions to apply a little editing and production magic. The result is mightily impressive and a perfect example of how The Last Martyr continues to be one of the most innovative and adaptable bands in the Aussie scene.
Speaking exclusively to Maniacs, vocalist Monica Strut explained the band's motivation to find a way to give Afterglow the release it deserved despite the challenges presented by the ongoing lockdown.
Like everyone in the music industry right now, our plans have been affected by the pandemic a lot this year. 'Afterglow' was actually recorded over a year ago and we were meant to have a music video finished for it a few times over by now! The reception to our last single, 'Hindsight' was better than we could have imagined so that kind of tied us over for a while but eventually we got to a point where we didn't want to wait any longer to release a new track.
Once the inspiration fuse was lit it became a matter of some creative problem solving from the band and they knew just the person to assist.
Having worked with D.O. Blackley from Her Name Is Murder Productions many times before (Sepultura, Ocean Grove, Redhook), we knew that if there was anyone who could turn DIY footage shot on a Google Pixel into something creative, it was him. We decided on a new direction for the visuals Monday evening of last week, I shot them in my living room and sent the footage to Dave on the Tuesday and we got the final cut just a few hours ago! This is low-key my favourite track on the EP because it was probably the most fun to write and it now also represents the tenacity many bands, us included, have had to adopt in order to move forward during this time.
Watch the Afterglow music video now.
Monica also provides some insight into the song's inspiration and intention.
Afterglow was written as an apology to a past lover whose heart I kind of trod on. It was this push/pull, will they/won’t they situation where it was hard to tell if love was actually apparent or if the idea of love was the appeal. In the end, fear and doubt got in the way before anything could eventuate.
Thinking about the time in my life this person was around, I was immediately transported to a chapter where I was young, partying a lot and living a fairly rock n’ roll lifestyle. The song is a culmination of that time where a lot of bad decisions were made yet everything seemed like an adventure.
Produced by Chris Lalic (Windwaker, Rumours), the song marks the second instalment of the band’s forthcoming EP.
The release of Afterglow couldn't have happened at a more exciting moment for The Last Martyr who have recently been announced as part of the lineup for Unify Gathering 2022 and have been scoring radio play from triple j, triple j unearthed (who gave the band a feature artist spot) and Triple M Hard N Heavy, further establishing them as one to watch over the next year.