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The Last City is an Indie Chamber Pop band out of Dallas that combines classical violin, folk-rock arrangements, and pop melodies.
The Last City began in 2012 while Adrien and Lizbet Palmer were living abroad in Hiroshima, Japan. That core duo of an acoustic guitarist and a classically trained violinist, respectively, has since relocated to Dallas, Texas. There, they have expanded, bringing on bassist Lucas Reader. On their self-titled LP, you’ll find an Indie Chamber Pop sound, drawing from such influences as Damien Rice, John Mayer, The xx, One Republic and The Arctic Monkeys.
Their music is intended to remind us that we are all one. Their lyrics and music draw from various sources, mythologies, and experiences, but never fit just one box. The world will always be much bigger than that.
Since the release of their first live album in late 2018, Cinderblock Sessions, a recording of their cd release show featuring a full string quartet, they are hard at work on their next project. Their latest EP, Willfully Human, was released in 2021, with an accompanying book and a few more surprises on the way. Visit Patreon to learn more.
The Last City began in 2012 while Adrien and Lizbet Palmer were living abroad in Hiroshima, Japan. While there, the acoustic guitar/violin duo performed extensively, from local bars to house concerts, church services to city festivals. Much of their performance style and arrangements are informed by these experiences of playing for multi-cultural, multi-lingual audiences around the world.
When they returned to their hometown of Columbia, South Carolina in Spring 2015, it was only for a season. 4 months later they were driving a U-Haul with everything they owned to Dallas, TX, a city neither one had ever been to prior to driving across the state line. Since then they have started laying down roots, performing locally, buying a house, bringing on bassist Lucas Reader, and getting a dog named Tyler.
Most notably, in late 2018 they released their first, self-titled, studio LP. Their acoustic roots, accompanied by drums and bass, create an Indie Chamber Pop sound. They draw from such influences as Damien Rice, John Mayer, MGMT, One Republic and The Arctic Monkeys.
Their music is intended to remind us that we are all one. And to encourage the curiosity it takes to fully realize that truth. Emerging from conservative evangelical roots, their lyrics and music draw from that mythology but never did fit that box. They’re currently exploring the wide-open world that was always waiting outside of it.
Patreon is at the core of The Last City’s creative endeavors. Since joining the platform January of 2017, it has been a hub for various projects, from their Year of Music (writing a new song every month for all of 2017), 12 HR EPs (writing three songs from scratch in 12 hours), and various cultural and lingual explorations. Their travels have fostered a curiosity about other cultures and the many different ways of how these interactions can literally change our minds.
Since the release of their first live album in late 2018, Cinderblock Sessions, a recording of their cd release show featuring a full string quartet, they are hard at work on their next project. Willfully Human will consist of an album, an accompanying book, and a few more surprises. Visit Patreon to learn more.