Last Giant - Monuments

Little One Ate the Big One

All things in due time. Portland, Oregon’s Last Giant has been patiently waiting to release their 4th full length album ‘Monuments’ into the world. Filled with monstrous guitar riffs, infectious melodies, and connective lyrics, they have honed their artistic vision and created their finest work to date.

Demoing started in early 2021 prior to Last Giant’s film release “Live From The Hallowed Halls”. Shortly after, personal tragedy derailed the band from living in a consistent zip code. Band leader RFK Heise continued to write and hone songs, most of which would become ‘Monuments’, while living throughout the Northwest and Southern California. Lyrical inspiration was found in observation and introspection on not having a consistent home and being a stranger in constant strange circumstance.

Last Giant reconvened in Spring of 2022 with longtime contributing Drummer Matt Wiles and Bassist Palmer Cloud on board. They began to comb through a year of material to create ‘Monuments’. Songs were reworked as a unit and new material was written collectively as a band with Palmer Cloud contributing the raucous and muscular guitar riff of ‘Soldiers’. By August of 2022 they were ready to head to the studio to start what would be a 5-month recording process.

With Adam Pike (Red Fang, High on Fire) sitting in the engineer chair, Last Giant entered Echo Echo studios in industrial NE Portland to record basic tracks for ‘Monuments’. First day in the 1970’s Trident mixing console blew up along with a vintage Orange amplifier, setting the tone for the adventure that would become ‘Monuments’. They patched together what they could and persevered with only the drum and bass tracks intact.

RFK Heise began the next 4-month journey of finishing the album. Guitars were tracked at LOABO HQ Studios (UTILITY, System and Station, John Amadon) in Portland. Keys and vocals were tracked across the Northwest and Southern California in closets, kitchens, empty corners, and cars, yes cars. Finally ready for mix, the first two mixing sessions were plagued with rushed schedules and lack of focus. In steps Paul Malinowski (Shiner, Riddle of Steel, Failure) a longtime friend and contributor to take the songs where they needed to go and the mix was finished at Massive Studios Kansas City, MO January 23’. The album went through 3 mastering sessions, 3rd time landing with Stephan Hawkes (Gaytheist, Rise Records, Shelter Red) in North Hollywood as the winner.

Last Giant is a rock and roll band from Portland OR which began in 2014 from the ashes of former NW indie rock heavy hitters, System and Station (1998-2013). Last Giant has toured the US extensively and have been featured in film and television as well as national Podcasts, Mike Watt’s “The Watt from Pedro” show and Allen Epley’s “Third Gear Scratch”. Last Giant’s video for “Captain my Captain” was the winner of MTV’s indie video award with over 70,000 votes and were a featured artist on MTV2. Distributed via The Orchard and released by indie label Little One Ate the Big One. (Continue reading full bio on DISCO)


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