THE LAST CRY
Living in Grey
Although formed as a band at the end of the 80s, the recording debut for The Last Cry wouldn't happen until 2009 (and re-edited two years later) due to the constant changes in formation. The cross of crosses in the cover of "Walking to the edge" began to be very popular in the Gothic/Darkwave European scene, and the British trio obtained great success with both public and critics. Instead of resting on their laurels of success, the group decided to focus on concerts to raise their level. They presented their album all over Europe, conquering the audience with their commitment on stage and the quality of their shows.
And it was that energetic outbursts that propitiated the recording of "Living in Grey", their second album that has been published on November 30th. The new material sounds even more melodic and provocative than the previous one, with a rhythmical speed and the dynamics that are already part of the group's identity. They’ve made away with the more danceable electronic bases, concentrating even more in the keyboard melodies, which now fit smoothly on the background mesh. Their music is more accessible (always in a good way), but is constructed over a more elaborated instrumentation, creating melodies of the kind that remain in memory. In the album, synthesizer and guitar sounds are skillfully combined around the bass lines. This knitting of strings envelops the emotive interpretation of their singer and frontman, Andrew Birch, submerging the listener in a lyrical turmoil of fear, desperation and existential emptiness (demonstrating that this style does not exclusively demands pseudo-baritone voices).
This is a mature album, of an unexpected freshness in the context of the current dark scene. The irrefutable proof that it is still possible to create new tendencies in Goth.
Review by Billyphobia