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From First to Last
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Background information
Also known as First to Last (1999–2002)
Origin Tampa, Florida, USA[1]
Genres Post-hardcore,[1][1] emo,[2][3]
Years active 1999 (1999)–2010 (2010), 2013 (2013)–present (present)
Labels Rise, Suretone, Interscope, Capitol, Epitaph, Four Leaf
Associated acts Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows, Skrillex, Kit Fysto, The Color of Violence, Black Light Burns, The Human Abstract, XO Stereo, Eye In the Sky, Modified Noise, Periphery
Members Spencer Sotelo
Matt Good
Travis Richter
Taylor Larson
Matt Manning
Ernie Slenkovich
Past members Greg Taylor
Joey Antillion
Phil Reardon
Jon Weisberg
Sonny Moore
Chris Lent
Blake Steiner
Derek Bloom

From First to Last is an American rock band based in Valdosta, Georgia, originally coming from the Los Angeles Area and Tampa, Florida. The band currently consists of vocalist Spencer Sotelo, bassist Matt Manning, guitarists Matt Good, Travis Richter and Taylor Larson and drummer Ernie Slenkovich.

The band released their first EP titled Aesthetic in 2003 which they recorded with founding member and vocalist Phillip Reardon who left the band in 2004 due to personal and creative differences. Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has a Body Count followed in 2004 and Heroine in 2006, both with former vocalist Sonny Moore.

Following the departure of Moore in February 2007 to work on his solo electronic project, Skrillex, the band added permanent bassist Matt Manning, and Matt Good moved to lead vocals/guitar. They released a self-titled album in 2008 on Suretone Records.[4]

On August 27, 2009, From First to Last confirmed on DJ Rossstar's Punk Rock Show that they have indeed left Suretone and are now signed to Rise Records.[5] In late 2009, they parted ways with longtime guitarist/vocalist Travis Richter. Their fourth studio album, Throne to the Wolves was released on March 16, 2010.[6] On 28 July 2010, the band entered a hiatus.

In November 2013, From First to Last reformed after 3 years of hiatus and launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the recording of a new EP with the return of guitarist/vocalist Travis Richter who had left the band in 2009. In April 2014 Richter and Good made a video announcement and re-recorded track teaser The Latest Plague from Heroine (2006) via Alternative Press with Periphery vocalist Spencer Sotelo confirming that Spencer was the new lead vocalist to feature on the bands upcoming second EP. In the latter part of May, 2014 the band with new vocalist Soleto released the remake of the song 'Note to Self' from Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has a Body Count (2004) to commemorate 10-year anniversary of the album.[7]

History[edit]

Formation and Aesthetic (1999–2003)[edit]

Main article: Aesthetic (EP)

First To Last[8] was created in November 1999 in Tampa by Matt Good and Scott Oord. Matt did not want to play guitar but Scott convinced him to start experimenting and a short time after, Nelms Parker joined as the first drummer for the band, while Matt is responsible for lead vocals & guitar and Scott on bass. Parker quickly left the band and entered his replacement, Steve Pullman. He had been interested in entering the band, and for almost 3 years the band played in small shows in Florida.

In 2002, Matt joined the grindcore band The Color of Violence (at that time, called Slaughter vs Skeleton, Fetus Destroyer), where Matt began to make friends with Travis Richter (guitar) and Joey Antillion (bass), asking them to join at the band. Some time later, Greg Taylor joined as (drums), who wrote about 4 songs, in which the Aesthetic Demos were created. After hearing the demos off their first EP, which was released a year later, Phillip Reardon joined as lead vocalist, as well as Derek Bloom as a drummer. The band is located in Valdosta, Georgia.

In 2003, the band released their debut EP Aesthetic on Four Leaf Recordings which featured the vocals of Reardon, Good and Richter. After this release the band changed their name to From First To Last. By the end of the year they had signed to Epitaph Records.[1]

Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has a Body Count (2004)[edit]

After the Aesthetic EP, the band wanted to move Matt Good to lead vocals. However, Good was reluctant to take on both lead vocal and guitar duties. He wanted From First to Last to have a frontman, to connect with the crowd better. Using the social networking site MySpace, Good came in contact with a guitarist and singer from California by the name of Sonny Moore. Moore flew to Valdosta, Georgia, where Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has a Bodycount was being recorded, and was set to be the band's rhythm guitarist. However, when the other band members heard Moore singing "Featuring Some of Your Favorite Words", they decided that he was much better suited for lead singer than guitarist.[9]

Matt Good wrote the album in two weeks. Moore came in after the music was tracked and completed the vocals. Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has a Body Count was released on June 29, 2004.

From late May to mid June 2005, From First to Last participated in the "Dead by Dawn" tour with bands Emanuel, Halifax and He Is Legend.[10]

Heroine (2006)[edit]

The band went to Radio Star Studios in Weed, California to record their second album, produced by Ross Robinson.[11] As their previous bassist Weisberg had been formally asked to leave the band due to internal conflicts, producer Ross Robinson asked Wes Borland, former Limp Bizkit guitarist, to play bass on the album.[1] Borland later played several tours with the band. The album was released on March 21, 2006. It opened on the Billboard albums chart at No. 25, with first-week sales of over 33,000.[12] Shortly thereafter in April, they signed to major label Capitol Records[1] after bidding between that label and Warner Bros..[12]

From mid March to mid May the band toured alongside Fall Out Boy, Hawthorne Heights and The All-American Rejects for the "Black Clouds and Underdogs Tour" in support of their release Heroine.[13]

FFTL then did a short European Tour with various bands. The band then played several dates on the 2006 Vans Warped Tour, but were forced to drop out due to surgical removal of a nodule on Moore's vocal cords. He received his second nodule surgery in early July (his first being in May 2005).[14] Following his recovery, From First to Last went out on the "World Championship Tour" supporting Atreyu along with Every Time I Die and Chiodos. While on that tour, Moore once again had vocal cord problems and had to leave the tour. The band had planned to have guitarists Good and Richter cover Moore's vocal duties for the duration of the tour until singer of Chiodos, Craig Owens, insisted that he provide lead vocals for their sets.[15] Atreyu eventually forced From First to Last to drop the tour.[1] The band later explained, "Our plan to enable us to play the rest of the tour was disregarded and as our crew was setting up for the show in Worcester, MA we were informed that we were being kicked off of the tour. Understand that it was not our choice to leave this tour... we were forced to leave."[15] Atreyu then returned a statement about the controversy concerning From First to Last's departure, saying, "They couldn't perform as FFTL and are no longer on this tour."[16]

Borland toured with From First To Last roughly since early 2006. He announced plans for a Fall 2006 tour that never went through due to Black Light Burns needing to find a new record label after Borland left Geffen Records. Borland has discussed plans to write and perform on the next From First To Last album, but he left the band due to Black Light Burns' busy schedule started to pick up, leaving no room for work with From First to Last.

From First to Last (album) (2008–2009)[edit]

In February 2007, lead singer Moore left From First to Last to pursue a solo career.[17] His decision to leave was based on his urge to create his own music, and also due to the fact that singing in the band was putting an immense strain on his vocal cords, resulting in serious damage which needed multiple surgeries in order to be fixed. Moore posted new recordings on his Myspace and was part of a group of a band called Sonny and the Blood Monkeys. Moore now writes, produces, and performs music under the pseudonym Skrillex.

After vocalist Moore's departure, From First to Last faced a crisis. Their label, Capitol Records, had dropped them due to financial problems. Without a vocalist, label, permanent bassist, or any money, the band almost split. Guitarist/Vocalist Matt Good, however, decided to take on lead vocals while still providing a backup guitar role. The band also quickly picked up Matt Manning to become a full-time bassist. The band then spent their remaining money on a studio in which to continue work on their already-written third album.

The remaining members of From First to Last finished a headlining tour from July 21 through August 5 with guests Alesana, Vanna, Brighten, and Four Year Strong. Shortly before recording another album, the band played for a portion of the Show Must Go On tour with Hawthorne Heights, Secondhand Serenade, Powerspace, and Brighten, but later cancelled their dates on the last part of the tour to open for Deftones on a separate Canadian tour.

After completing a full mix of their new material, From First to Last was picked up by Suretone Records. Shortly after, they re-entered the studio to record their album again, this time with a professional crew and better quality. The band recorded this time in Los Angeles, with producer Josh Abraham and seasoned engineer Ryan Williams. At midnight on November 14, 2007, they released the first single from the album, Two as One, on their Myspace account, and they later played that song live on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. A video was made for the song Worlds Away which was highly publicized. Although this record was widely promoted and the band had one of its biggest years ever, they personally feel the album was a failure in that it did not portray the true band as it was meant to be portrayed. Currently, they rarely, if ever, play any songs off this album, the only occasional one being the song "Deliverance".

From First to Last began their fall headlining tour, RATHER BE SLAYIN' N00BZ, starting November 1 with guests Blessthefall, A Skylit Drive, and Vanna. Around the middle of the tour, the guests changed to Envy On The Coast, Pierce The Veil, Four Year Strong, and Mayday Parade.

On November 29, From First to Last announced they were going to be a part of the 2008 Hot Topic Take Action Tour. They played at the MTV Winter Valencia in Spain on March 6. On December 6, they announced they were going to be part of the 2008 Vans Warped Tour.

On May 6, 2008, From First to Last released their self-titled album, and starting June 20, hit the road on the Vans Warped Tour for its entirety.[18]

On June 28, From First to Last updated their band members section of their MySpace, making Chris Lent a full-time member.

From the end of September to October 12, From First to Last played on The Blackout's "Sleep All Day, Party All Night" tour in the UK, along with The Medic Droid and We Are The Ocean.

Throne to the Wolves (2009-2010)[edit]

Main article: Throne to the Wolves

FFTL stated that they would be on a break from touring in late 2008. Members Travis Richter and Derek Bloom were focusing on their side project, The Color of Violence, with tours soon after and a full length debut album, Youthanize, which was released April 7, 2009. Member Chris Lent toured as the drummer for the band I Set My Friends On Fire as well as one of the two drummers for The Color of Violence (along with Jon Syverson of the band Daughters); Lent also confirmed that he is no longer a member of FFTL and is now writing/recording with ISMFOF. FFTL began writing new songs early 2009 and started demoing new songs in March 2009 for their next album, expected to be released March, 2010. A full length demo of a song on the new album was put on their Myspace at that time, as well as the previously unheard b-side from Heroine, Save Us. A Second Full Length Demo was added on July 3, 2009, and a message to fans that they would be announcing their recording schedule and tentative label. As of August 6, 2009, the band had begun to track drums for the new record at EarthSound studios in Valdosta Georgia, with Lee Dyess.

In September 2009, Miss May I announced they would be touring with From First to Last in October 2009.

On October 1, 2009 FFTL announced that they would be touring with Greeley Estates and Therefore I Am in October and November, and also that they had signed to Rise Records.[19]

The band toured on the "You’d Be Way Cuter In a Coffin Tour" with Alesana, The Word Alive, Asking Alexandria, and Memphis May Fire in December 2009. Though recording was supposedly finished, the band was called off the road and was forced to cancel the last two weeks worth of performances — much to the dismay of fans, some of whom began to complain that the band could never finish a tour, and start rumors of a breakup — in order to go back home to Valdosta and put finishing touches on their recording. Matt Good responded to these claims and rumors[20]

From First to Last released a new song off the album, entitled "Going Lohan", on their MySpace[21] in November. The new album title was announced as Throne to the Wolves and slated for release on March 16, 2010.[6]

In late 2009 FFTL went through yet another lineup change with Travis Richter leaving the band; no official announcement had yet been made by the band and no reason was given for his departure. Matt Good and Matt Manning have been taking over Travis's screaming role and Blake Steiner (ex-Mia Medusa guitarist), who recorded on Throne To The Wolves, is his replacement. On December 31 FFTL released the song "I'll Inoculate The World With The Virus Of My Disillusionment" on their MySpace.

On Travis' departure from the band:[22]

On January 20, 2010, From First to Last finally made an official announcement about Travis's departure from the band via Myspace.[23]

Travis is now the lead vocalist for the progressive metal band The Human Abstract. Richter left the band in 2011 and became a dubstep producer with the group ModifiedNoise.

Beginning on March 13, 2010 From First To Last headlined the Royal Family Tour 2010, supported by Eyes Set To Kill, Confide, Black Veil Brides and Sleeping with Sirens. That tour concluded on April 10. Eyes Set To Kill dropped off the tour for other engagements a week before.

Throne to the Wolves was released March 16, 2010. The album was received well by critics and fans alike; getting favorable reviews from Alternative Press, and Absolute Punk.[24] The album debuted at number 24 on the Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums, and number 45 on The Top Independent Albums. This is the band's first album not to chart the Billboard 200 since Dear Diary.[25] After spending one week on the charts it dropped off; despite its poor debut, and first week sales of less than 4000, the album has been seen as a fresh start, and a new beginning for the band.[26]

Starting on May 8, 2010 the band toured with Our Last Night, We Came as Romans, and A Bullet For Pretty Boy on the Welcome To The Circus tour, headlined by Asking Alexandria. The tour will end on June 9

On June 10, 2010 the band will begin playing dates through June 18 supporting A Skylit Drive on the second half of the "Go Fist Pump Yourself Tour", along with Tides of Man and Abandon All Ships. I Set My Friends On Fire were originally slated to play, but ISMFOF was forced to back out due to recording delays.

Hiatus (2010–2013)[edit]

On July 28, 2010 Matt Good announced that From First To Last was going on hiatus:

On July 29, 2010, Craig Owens posted a video on Facebook saying that Matt Good was the guitarist and keyboardist of his new band. On August 18, 2010, Owens announced via his Twitter account that the band is called Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows.[27] The band's members include vocalist Craig Owens (Chiodos), drummer Aaron Stern (Matchbook Romance), guitarist/vocalist Nick Martin (Underminded), bassist Adam Russell (Story of the Year) and Matt Good in guitar, keyboards and vocals.[28] Good left the band in 2012, now is a dubstep/electronica DJ with AJ Calderon in the duo Kit Fysto. D.R.U.G.S. disbanded in April, 2012, as a result of the departure of lead singer Craig Owens who rejoined his former band Chiodos.

In 2011, Matt Manning and Blake Steiner formed the band Eye In The Sky. The band's members include Matt Simpson (drums), Blake Steiner (guitar) and Matt Manning (vocals & bass).[29]

On August 20, 2013 Jon Weisberg launched his new band XO Stereo and released the first single with an accompanying music video. The band also features Justin Whitesel from LoveHateHero and Cheyne Fritts from Jeffree Star [30]

Reunion, new lineup and new album (2013–present)[edit]

In November 2013, Matt Good, Derek Bloom, Matt Manning and Travis Richter reunited as From First to Last and launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the recording of a new EP. Good said he also reached out to Sonny Moore (Skrillex) to see if he would be interested in contributing in some way.[31] Months after exceeding its crowd-funding goal of $25,000 by raising over $30,000, the band changed its plans slightly: the recording sessions proved fruitful and the band decided to release a full-length album instead of an EP, and the lineup changed significantly. Bloom was no longer a part of the reunion and the remaining members expanded to a six-piece with the addition of vocalist Spencer Sotelo of Periphery (who will remain the lead vocalist of both bands), drummer Ernie Slenkovich and third guitarist Taylor Larson.[32][33][34] With the new lineup, From First to Last recorded and released an online stream of a new version of "Note to Self" — originally released on Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has a Body Count in 2004 with Moore on vocals — to commemorate its 10-year anniversary.[35]

Band members[edit]

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

For a more comprehensive list, see From First to Last discography.

Studio albums[edit]

Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result Ref
2006 From First to Last Alternative Press: Best International Newcomer Nominated [38]

Further reading[edit]

Facts
1.^ From First to Last was initially formed in 1999 as First to Last in high school before renaming the band From First to Last in 2002. Founding member Matt Good was lead vocalist and guitarist of First to Last from 1999 to 2002 and again as From First to Last from 2007 to 2010, in which he featured as lead vocalist/guitarist on albums, From First to Last and Throne to Wolves.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "The Glamour (Sigh, Whine) of Heartbreak". New York Times. March 16, 2006. 
  3. ^ Skrillex's Emo Past -- PHOTOS
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  28. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfA47-UpkAs
  29. ^ http://www.facebook.com/EyeintheSkyBand?sk=info
  30. ^ http://www.facebook.com/xostereo
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  32. ^ Crane, Matt (April 7, 2014). "Exclusive: From First To Last recruit Periphery's Spencer Sotelo as new vocalist". Alternative Press. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
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  35. ^ Whitt, Cassie (May 14, 2014). "Exclusive: From First To Last re-record 2004's 'Note To Self' with new lineup". Alternative Press. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  36. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MskxiZnXUIE
  37. ^ http://www.punknews.org/article/20528
  38. ^ Vote From First To Last for 2006 KERRANG! Award!

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