Formed in 2007 after a change of personnel, The Last Tycoons evolved from highly acclaimed
Dublin band Porn Trauma. Their self-titled debut album was released in April, 2010.
‘Replete with vintage sounding guitars, liberal use of harmonica and soulful backing vocals,
they certainly offer a refreshing alternative to the raft of copycat, post-punk pretenders doing the
rounds.... They are a revelation’ (Hotpress).
‘Their ability is obvious and their hard work in improving every area of their performance is a
credit to them. Cracking stuff; watch this space’ (InDUBLIN).
The music of The Last Tycoons has a definite southern American roots undertone, yet is
triumphantly Irish in its origin. Tracks from their debut album certainly grab the listener's
attention, such as debut single 'The Dry Law', which was written by lead singer Stephen
Fanning while experimenting with sobriety for a month, but is set during American Prohibition
and the Great Depression, when alcohol was banned.
‘The eminently watchable front man Steve Fanning is tall and imposing, like a good
looking Richard Ashcroft, with a distinctive twang to his voice that lifts even the darkest corners
of their songs to the light.’ -(InDUBLIN). He also sounds, at times, like the love child of Mick
Jagger and Nick Cave, which makes for easy comparisons however, this is a band that is not
led by any one or two persons but rather a collaboration of ideas with instrumentation such as
Accordion, Piano, Banjo, Harmonica, Trumpet, Guitar, Bass and Drums lending to the bands
Known widely for their explosive and raucous live shows, the band have been touring
in Ireland, The UK, Germany and the USA since March, and are due to appear at this year’s
Glasgowbury festival in Derry, and Temple House festival in Sligo, before returning to the
continent in the Autumn to support the album’s release on German label ToneToaster.
“In short these are the real deal…. An undeniable honorary fine debut album.” (The Mutation)
“If Jack L and Led Zeppelin moved to the deep south and had a love child, they might sound a little
like this…. The Last Tycoons is an excellent debut effort from this truly unique band.” (The Star)
Contact The Last Tycoons:
BAND MANAGEMENT: MARK KAVANAGH
Phone 00353 87 9309569
(Photographs by Ines Billings)