Monday, 27 November 2017


Last Years Hero (LYH), a pop punk band formed in Perth 2001. Their debut release Start Over EP was released in November 2002 and enjoyed a few spins on Triple J and Triple M and ended up selling just over 2000 copies in Australia before being licensed by Japanese punk rock specialists, Big Mouth (Brand New, Yellowcard, One Dollar Short) who sold a further 6000 copies in Japan and then got a track on a US compilation by Nice Guy Records which put them alongside bands like Midtown, Blueline Medic and Strike Anywhere.

The release and success of Start Over (2002) would see the band work hard on the live front in their hometown of Perth, and providing the foundations for their first tour of Australia's eastern states. Hard work on the live front resulted in great turnouts to the bands shows resulting in support slots throughout 2003 and early 2004 with high profile international and national bands such as No Use For A Name, Guttermouth, Frenzal Rhomb, Bodyjar, Useless ID, Yellowcard, Strung Out, Less Than Jake and One Dollar Short, plus performances at the Cosmonautical and Yak It Up youth festivals performing to crowds of over 5000.

2004 was a massive year for the band. The release of their very successful debut album 'Tell You When' (2004) saw them tour Australia relentlessly and embark on their first international tour. The album was well received and was a success throughout Australia due to the band making trips to the east coast four times in 2004 including the Triple J and Blunt Magazine presented national album tour. Meanwhile as well as the album doing well in Australia, it was going through the roof in Japan, selling over 7000 copies and staying in the top ten punk charts at Tower Records for weeks including at stint in the number one spot. This led to an amazing six date 'SMASH JPN' presented tour of Japan with US punk rockers Rufio, Pulley and Dont Look Down in November 2004. The tour was a huge success winning over crowds and adding to their ever growing popularity.

On the home front LYH played a number of high profile festivals and shared the stage with numerous big name outfits from across the globe. The Soundwave Festival was a highlight for the band, playing to thousands of people and sharing the stage with US bands Lagwagon, MXPX and Unwritten Law. The perfect end to the year was just ahead scoring the sold out Perth New Found Glory/Reggie and the Full Effect support slot. 2005 kicked off to a great start, with LYH scoring their first appearance an the Big Day Out which was something special for the band to be a part of, and quickly followed up with support slots for Strung Out in April, which were the last shows for the band before knuckling down to start writing material for their new record. Unfortunately that wasn't the case. They disbanded not long after due to circumstances unknown.


Ryan Sloan (vocals), Mike Lindhorst (guitar), Michael Wilson (guitar), Cam Edwards (bass), Ivano Rizzacasa (drums) Ryan McNally (drums)



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