Last To Fall was formed in the Fall of 2018 by current guitarists Shawn McNair and Paul Reepmeyer. The two had met while attending classes at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. They quickly became friends through performing together in a progressive rock ensemble held by the school and began to meet up and jam after rehearsals. They come from two very different musical backgrounds; Shawn's that of more classic hard rock and heavy metal, and Paul's that of jazz and modern progressive metal. It was evident to them, though, after only jamming together a couple of times, that they had something special to bring to the table. They soon joined forces originally under the name "Scarsdale," joined by vocalist Victor Dmitriev. The three recorded a four-song demo with programmed drums and Shawn playing bass, in hopes of using it to find a bassist and drummer who shared the same drive and who's playing style suited their sound. Soon after recording, they enlisted bassist Aiden Sloppy and drummer Tony Torino, and the band had its first solid lineup. This lineup did not last, however, and throughout the remainder of the year, the band underwent a variety of different lineup changes.
In the Fall of 2019, Shawn met current singer/guitarist Ryan Baxter at an orientation meeting for the upcoming semester of Saint Rose. The two quickly discovered that they shared a mutual love of heavy metal. After getting together to jam several times in the following weeks, Ryan joined the band and took on the position of vocalist, fronting the band with his incredible vocal range and power. Shawn next met and added to the fold Jake Davis, current drummer. Jake brings a thrashy edge to the band's sound with his pounding double bass and incredible feel. The lineup was finally complete once current bassist Jason Gray joined the band. Jason brings another unique angle to the band with his love of Djent fueling his precise, "in the pocket" style of playing that elevates every song to a whole new level.
The newly solidified lineup began rehearsals in December, under the current name "Last To Fall." Having six songs written, the band started recording their debut EP in February of 2020. Unfortunately, the following month the COVID-19 Pandemic hit, and with the ensuing lockdown, the band was forced to halt production. However, they decided to forge ahead and record the rest of the EP remotely.
The first single from this EP, "Forgiveness" was released on July 10th, 2020. Produced by Robert Friedmann with Drums Engineered by Sean Wendell, it is the culmination of two years of hard work, and a testament to the band's commitment and unwavering resilience. The second single "Emotions Tied to Past Lives" was released on January 22nd, 2021.
In the summer of 2021, the band went in to record their upcoming EP with Tim Lynch of The Recording Company. The third single "Heaven You Made" was released on October 29th, 2021. With new music in the works, Last To Fall plans on continuing to hone their sound and grow their audience, as well as hopefully seeing all of you at a live show very soon…