Tour Preview & Album Review: The Last Dinner P...

Tour Preview & Album Review: The Last Dinner Party

The Last Dinner Party are excited to announce details of a 16-date UK/Ireland headline tour for later this year in support of their forthcoming debut album, ‘Prelude To Ecstasy’, due for release on 2nd February.

The London based band have enjoyed a whirlwind twelve months, most recently announced as winners of both the BBC Radio 1 Sound of 2024 and the BRIT Rising Star Award. Ahead of a celebratory headline show at London’s Roundhouse on the evening before album release, they’re pleased to share another stint across the country in September and October. They will be playing the Southampton O2 Guildhall on the 5th October as part of this tour.

Tickets for the new dates go on pre-sale from Wednesday 7th February from 8am, and then to general sale on Friday 9th February from 8am via www.thelastdinnerparty.co.uk

At the turn of 2023, The Last Dinner Party was little more than a new name being shared amongst those that had caught them live. Great songs, strong aesthetic. The release of the moreish, dark guitar-pop of ‘Nothing Matters’ marked an introduction that took the online world by storm, and yet behind all the excitement and narrative was a fantastically confident indie-rock song by a band doing it the old-fashioned way, out on the road.

Following a heady first-on performance to a packed crowd at Glastonbury, The Last Dinner Party released the gloriously infectious ‘Sinner’, before filling tents throughout the country’s biggest festivals. The gothic rock of ‘My Lady of Mercy’ and anthemic balladry of ‘On Your Side’ have since backed up the quintet’s beguiling live presence with an undeniable songwriting prowess.

The bands debut album, ‘Prelude To Ecstasy’ opens with an orchestral instrumental that is operatically theatrical, setting the tone for the rest of the album . ‘Burn Alive’ is the first track on the album, with reference to Joan of Arc, and carries that same indulgent, beautifully powerful gothic new wave sound and style of the band.

Previously released single ‘Cesar On A TV Screen’ showcases singer Abigail Morris’s amazing vocal range and her ability to move through different characters within the track as the five piece accompany her with wonderful changes in tempo throughout.

Prelude To Ecstasy’s others singles, ‘Nothing Matters’, ‘Sinner’ and ‘On Your Side’, fit perfectly within this album that takes listeners on a romantically indulgent journey through love, desire, despair and triumph.

The Feminine Urge is a stand out on the album, a track about female rage and living in a male dominated industry ‘I am a dark red liver stretched out on the rocks / All the poison I convert it and I turn into love’.

The Last Dinner Party on their debut album:

“Ecstasy is a pendulum which swings between the extremes of human emotion, from the ecstasy of passion to the sublimity of pain, and it is this concept which binds our album together. This is an archaeology of ourselves; you can exhume our collective and individual experiences and influences from within its fabric. We exorcised guitars for their solos, laid bare confessions directly from diary pages, and summoned an orchestra to bring our vision to life.”

This is an album to not just listen to, it demands your attention and pulls you into directions you didn’t expect. Theatrical, powerfully operatic, romantic and despairingly challenging all in one, it will keep you coming back for more.

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