THE LAST COLOUR: Refined Music

The Last Colour

Montreal’s duo The Last Colour, comprised of drummer Simon Langlois and guitarist, bassist and keyboardist Yohann Boudreault, have recently launched their debut album titled “Beautiful Apocalypse.” About it, the way the technology influence their work and more, Prog Sphere talked with Simon and Yohann, and here is what they say.

Define the mission of The Last Colour.

Most people are used to hear a lot of complexity in the djent or progressive metal style. We are trying to do something easier to digest: a more refined music with simple melodies, but still has a hidden complexity and great intensity.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your debut album “Beautiful Apocalypse” and the themes it captures.

Because our music is instrumental, it’s more like an image or emotion description. It’s been a while that we wanted to create music in this style and as soon as we had the opportunity we went for it. We started by doing some jams that we recorded and we kept the best moments or interesting riffs. Eventually we worked each on our side to develop some ideas and make arrangements for different parts. Finally we made a quick pre-prod to remember our results until the final versions are ready to be recorded.

What is the message you are trying to give with “Beautiful Apocalypse”?

Title Beautiful Apocalypse is reminiscent of the end of the world. However, for us it is more the way how we interpret our music: we want to play with intensity and feel the same emotions as if we were playing for the very last time, as if the world was going to collapse under our feet.

Beautiful Apocalypse

How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

We always record while jamming (almost☺) so we rarely lose anything. When an idea is building we start a project song and try to build it right away. Funny thing, in the end, there are even a few takes from pre-prod that made the final album ;)

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

Things were arranged for the album to be varied and diversified in order to listen to it from one end to the other without it being redundant.

Describe the approach to recording the album.

We each have our own studios. It allowed us to self-produce ourselves and take the time to do things at our own pace. We work and explore each on our side then we meet to share our musical ideas and see what can be exploited. Some parts start from a guitar riff while others are born with a beat or rhythmic formula on the drums. When we have a draft structure, we quickly made ​​a pre-prod at Yohann’s studio (Alchimik Audio) with programmed drums. When we are satisfied with the arrangements, we record real drums at Simon’s studio and the guitars and bass are redone to the very end.

How long “Beautiful Apocalypse” was in the making?

It began about 2 years ago. We made a video just for fun and the response has been very positive. So we decided to push the project slowly as people demanded an album and that’s when it started to get more serious. It is, however, only over the last 6 months that the pace has accelerated and that the album finally began to take shape.

The Last Colour interview

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

Periphery, Animals as Leaders, Pantera, Intervals and a bunch of other bands in the same style.

What is your view on technology in music?

Technology is critical to our music and omnipresent in the style we play. However, we like to keep as much as possible a human side to the whole. So except for synthesizers, no instruments are programmed or retouched to keep the human feel; it is less than perfect but that sounds more natural for us.

On our shows, technology is needed. A computer is used to play additional tracks, to change guitar patches and to control lighting effects.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?

Our music can serve as an outlet for all of those who need to vent or evacuate the stress. It is also for those who enjoy the intensity and for music lovers who like to dissect the rhythmic and melodic subtleties.

What are your plans for the future?

For now, our goal is to spread our music and expand our audience. We therefore wish to make as much shows as possible while continuing to write new songs and perfecting our arrangements, our style and sound.

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