The Last Bison

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The Last Bison
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The Last Bison at the NorVa Theater
Background information
Origin Chesapeake, Virginia
Genres Indie folk, Indie rock, folk rock, roots rock
Years active 2010–present
Labels Independent
Website www.thelastbison.com

The Last Bison, formerly known as Bison, is an indie folk band that formed in Chesapeake, Virginia. The Last Bison's mountain-top chamber music combines elements of alternative indie-folk with classical sensibilities. Their first album Quill was released independently in September 2011 and has received critical praise noting the bands complex arrangements, refined lyrics and vocal harmonies.[1]

History[edit]

The band received airplay on WROX-FM in Norfolk, Virginia.[2][3] According to James Steele, the station's program director, "Switzerland", the first single from their Debut album prompted the biggest audience response of any tune in his five years at the station.[4]

Ben Hardesty's (vocals and guitar) songwriting bears sonic resemblance to groups such as Fleet Foxes, Mumford and Sons and The Decemberists.[5] Folkhive stated "Dare I say that [The Last] Bison is to folk what Arcade Fire is to indie rock? Boasting 7 members and a sound seemingly born on the tree covered mountain tops of Virginia [The Last] Bison lays down expansive and yet imminently listenable folk with an original feel I’ve not experienced in quite some time".[6] The band incorporates traditional folk instruments with a reed organ, percussion and classical strings. Independent Clauses stated "[The Last] Bison’s debut album Quill uses the seriousness of Fleet Foxes’ grounded sound as a framework, layering strings, bells and more on top. “Iscariot” and “The Woodcutter’s Son” have a darkly pastoral bent that recalls pre-The King is Dead Decemberists.[7]"[The Last] Bison has headlined the Norva Theatre in Norfolk[8] as well as performed with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.[9] The Daily Press said of Bison's live performance, "The stars of [the] show did not disappoint. Bison skillfully performed complex arrangements and delivered songs with passion and sensitivity [...] [The Last] Bison is a unique musical outfit that creates an unusual energy on stage."[10]

Members[edit]

Ben Hardesty - Lead Guitar, Vocals

Dan Hardesty - Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar, Backup Vocals

Annah Hardesty - Bells, Percussion, Backup Vocals

Andrew Benfante - Reed Organ, Melodica

Teresa Totheroh - Violin

Amos Houseworth - Cello[11]

Previous Members[edit]

Jay Benfante - Percussion

Debut album[edit]

The Last Bison finished recording their new album in July 2012 and the "Inheritance EP" was released in October 2012. The full length came out in March 2013 and was a mix of re-recorded songs from Quill as well as brand new songs.[12]

Name change[edit]

According to an e-mail sent out by the band on July 20, 2012 they have officially changed their name from Bison to The Last Bison to avoid confusion with an identically named band.

References[edit]

  1. ^ McDonald, Sam. "Bison: Called a hit with Hampton Roads Listeners". The Daily Press. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  2. ^ McDonald, Sam. "Bison and other local bands play to big crowd at 96X event in Hampton". The Daily Press. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  3. ^ Maisey, Jeff. "Bison's Mountain Top Chamber Music, Eclectic Chesapeake band rides Switzerland to success". Veer Magazine. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  4. ^ McDonald, Sam. "Bison, a folk band from Chesapeake is attracting a herd of fans". The Daily Press. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  5. ^ Carradini, Stephen. "Bison's folk-pop focuses on unique arrangements". Independent Clauses. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  6. ^ "bison: quill: switzerland". Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  7. ^ Carradini, Stephen. "Bison's folk-pop focuses on unique arrangements". Independent Clauses. Retrieved 01/05/2014. 
  8. ^ Feber, Eric. "Chesapeake band headlines NorVa Thanksgiving food drive". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved 02/03/2012. 
  9. ^ McDonald, Sam. "Bison to play Hampton Fundraiser". The Daily Press. Retrieved 02/03/2012. 
  10. ^ McDonald, Sam. "Bison and other local bands play to big crowd at 96X event in Hampton". The Daily Press. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  11. ^ http://www.thelastbison.com/bio/
  12. ^ "Bison on Episode 74 of The Collision Podcast". The Collision Podcast. Retrieved 2012-06-27. 

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