LAST NIGHT SAVED MY LIFE Discusses Their Debut Album ‘Cherry’ and More!
Posted On 31 Jul 2019
Meet the Michigan pop-punk quintet Last Night Saved My Life!
They recently released their debut album called “Cherry.” The collection’s first single “Waterfall” features State Champs’ Derek DiScanio. The entire album is clever, vivacious and ridiculously catchy. “Cherry” is an astute blend of pop, alternative and pop-punk. Very slick, but honest and heart-on-sleeve throughout. It was produced by DiScanio and Seth Henderson. Recent supports with Neck Deep, State Champs and Tonight Alive have helped bolster the band’s stock moving into the rookie full-length, with Kerrang and Loudwire supporting the new record.
Learn more about Last Night Saved My Life in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time! What is on tap for the rest of your day?
Thanks for having us! After I get home from work, I’ll throw on some NBA summer league and practice some guitar until I head up to bed!
Now that we are into the 7th month of the year, how would you say that 2019 is treating the band so far? What have been some goals this group has had this year? How close are you to reaching them?
It’s been our best year as a band! At the beginning of the year we recorded our first full-length, the release has been going great and we’ve got some great shows lined up for the end of the year. We are definitely checking off some of the boxes!
Can you recall the moment when you thought you could be in this group together? Was it hard to think of a name that you could agree on? Has anything surprised you about this musical journey so far?
One way or another, we all connected in high school and it’s been history ever since! We had trouble thinking of a band name and still debate if it’s too long to this day. It’s been awesome that we’ve been able to stay such good friends over the years!
How do you think your hometowns have influenced the sound and how you all carry yourselves in this group? If not, what do you think does influence this group?
Our song, “Summer’s In Saginaw”, is a good representation of our hometown influence!
I always like to ask bands if you all hang out socially apart from the music? In other words, when you aren’t working on music, do you guys enjoy hanging out for fun?
Yes – we are all friends outside of the band!
Congrats on recently releasing your debut album, “Cherry”! What did it feel like finally getting that out? Did anything surprise you about the overall process of putting it together? What was it like being in the studio to record it?
We are definitely stoked about the release after all of the hard work we put into creating it! “Cherry” was the first time recording more than 5 songs in a session, so that added some stress, but overall the studio is our favorite place to be! Working with Seth and Ashley at Always Be Genius is always a blast. Having Derek from Champs onboard was the cherry on top!
What was the inspiration for the collection’s latest single, “Waterfall”? How did it get to be a part of “Cherry”? What are some of your other favorite songs on this new album?
The song is all about being fully transparent and honest with someone. It pretty much is saying “I’m not perfect, and you’ll see that side of me from time to time.” We knew early on in the demo process that it was going to make the album.
Personally, Undone is my favorite song.
Do you have plans to make music videos for any of the songs on “Cherry”?
We’ve got a couple on the way, so stay tuned!
Generally, how do you guys go about writing your music? Do you write together or separately?
Wilson (Shane, lead vocals) is the main song writer, but each of us contributed to the songs in different capacities.
Where do you think you are all happiest- in the studio recording new music, on stage performing or elsewhere?
Personally, I enjoy the studio process the most. I love dissecting song structure and seeing a demo come to life in the studio.
Where can fans see you perform next? What do you think makes for an ideal show for this group? What has been a favorite show of yours in the past?
Sad Summer Fest on July 20th! We are super stoked about the opportunity to play a festival with such great bands. It’s always awesome when we see the crowd signing back the words! We’ve played some great shows in Grand Rapids as well as hometown gigs in Saginaw!
How has social media impacted this band? How often are you all on your different sites interacting with fans? How have you been able to utilize it through the years?
We’ve definitely tried to pick up our game over the past year as we’ve realized how critical it is to interact with fans. You will most likely find one of us on our social media sites throughout the day. We’ve had to update our usage as preference has moved from Facebook to Instagram and Twitter.
We are currently living through a very trying and politically charged time right now so I am curious to know how you all think being musicians and in this band still gives you the most joy in life today? Do you find that your music is an escape to all the current events?
We love the opportunity to create music that others enjoy and the opportunity to hang out with some of our best friends in the process! It’s always a good time when we are together.
What musicians have really been inspiring you since you first started making music?
Blink 182, Taking Back Sunday, Angels & Airwaves and Motion City Soundtrack are some of the original bands that got me interested in music.
What do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people continue to take away from your songs?
We hope everyone can find some connection with the music we put out. We want people to know that they are not the only one’s going through whatever they may be experiencing at the time.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about this group?
We really appreciate all the support we’ve been shown since the release of “Cherry”! A big thanks to anyone who’s given it a listen!