The Last Republic - Parade

A well rounded and somewhat epic album.

Here we have the long awaited debut album from highly rated Swansea-based five piece, The Last Republic. The band have come on leaps and bounds in the past year; winning ‘The Road to V’ competition, which led to them performing at V Festival in 2009, and supporting Bon Jovi in front of 24,000 people - a far cry from the small shows they were playing not long before.

‘Parade’ opens with the politically charged ‘C.C.T.V’, a guitar driven anthem focusing on a few of the many restraints placed upon our society. It’s full of negative messages about the amount of control the Government has over us (‘Your home is not a safe place / The next hundred years they’ll take our feelings too / And they’ll change the way we are to how they need us to be.’), a theme apparent throughout the album and which can be attributed in part to frontman Jonnie Owen’s childhood in ‘a mining town that never really recovered from Thatcher’s reign’.

The album carries echoes of Muse’s latest record, the epic vocals and the punchy guitar lines as well as the rhythmic piano in some parts. Many of the songs feature a catchy chorus while maintaining a clear theme and message, as demonstrated particularly well in highlight track ‘The Fear’. Lead single ‘C’mon Flood The Gates’ is probably the most mainstream song in the collection, an obvious release though it isn’t one of the gems.

One of the best lyrical works here is the title track, ‘Parade’. A slow paced song that picks up as it goes on, it contains delicate but evocative encouragment to stay strong and pick up the social fight. It’s a perfect ending to a well rounded and somewhat epic album, reinforcing the previous calls for change.

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