Quick Chat with Bryan Fontez, Last Bullet’s lead singer
|Last Bullet (Photo by Joe Voci - http://www.josephvoci.com/)|
Today I want to talk about a new band called Last Bullet. In the last years, only a few bands caught my eye the way Last Bullet did. Usually, I’d rather listen to old material and old bands or new material of old bands, but this band is helping me to change my mind.
Formed in Toronto, Canada, in 2009, by Brenden Anthony (lead guitar), Michael Silva (rhythm guitar), Leo D (Drums), Will Shannon (Bass) and Bryan Føntez (Vocals), Last Bullet has been influenced by several "big bands", such as Gun'n'Roses, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Motley Crue, Soundgarden, Metallica, Bon Jovi, etc. However, they define themselves as "the complete extreme of every single attribute that makes Rock N' Roll what it is".
And you will agree with it if you listen to their first studio album, called Last Bullet EP, available for download and buy at http://www.lastbulletmusic.com/. You will see that Rock'n'Roll is alive and kicking, but now with the addition of the breath of fresh air Last Bullet has to offer.
Let’s find out a little more about the band with lead singer Bryan Fontes.
PDRR: How and when the band started? Please tell me a little bit of your history. How did you meet the other band members?
PDRR: Who wrote the songs/lyrics of the Last Bullet first EP?
When I joined the band it just took some time to tweak, edit and polish everything in order for me to fit my vocals comfortably into each song and make them ready to play live and record in the studio.
PDRR: Do you have more songs ready to record?
But as far as recording goes, we've recently been writing some of our best music ever and we definitely have 5-6 new songs that are done and ready to be recorded. Two of which we've been playing live at our shows and have been received EXTREMELY well. The other 3-4 you won't hear until we release the album. But trust me when I say that it will be worth the wait.
PDRR: Where do you find your inspiration to create?
Now we sometimes start with Vocals, drums or even bass, until we start to hear the vibe of the song, and then we expand on the idea with the left over instruments until we have a full song with 4-5 parts.
PDRR: In Last Bullet’s bio it is said that we may find a lot of influences, but you are unique at the same time. I was listening to your EP and I have to agree. I would say it’s kind of a new spice to good old Rock'n'roll. Can you tell me more about your style?
PDRR: In what sense do you think music scenery is different for a new band nowadays? I mean in terms of getting a record deal, promoting your music through Internet etc. How do you see it?
With that said, the longer we push this band and pursue music as a career, the more we realize that talent and skill is not going to make you successful on its own. The most successful bands in today's industry, are the ones who work the hardest. Go out, make contacts/friends, network, research, promote, advertise... You can't just be a "band" any more. The time when you could just play music and be successful is over. Right now you have to run your band like a business. You have to be strategic, intelligent, professional, efficient and profitable in order to impress anyone and in order to really succeed. No one is going to hand you anything these days, you have to go out and MAKE things happen.
PDRR: What are your plans for this year? New record? Gigs?
Then we're planning to record our next EP in April and release it sometime in the summer. We're also in the early stages of planning a 1-2 month tour here in Canada later on in the year so we can spread our music outside of Toronto and get our new EP out to as many people as possible.
PDRR: And what are your plans/expectations to the near future?
I see no reason why we wouldn't be touring the world with a huge band sometime next year. Our time is coming. And if you refuse to fail... Success is inevitable.