Last False Hope are some city slickers from the mid-western suburbs of Chicago. Their unique sound of underground outlaw country imbibed with their roots in punk and metal is a loose bull in a china shop. This clash of genres that has been dubbed “Brutal-Grass” has quickly earned them a name in the scene.
The band was cooked up by Jahshie P. A long time veteran in the Chicago music scene, best known as the former front man of nationally touring Hardcore/Punk band, Failed Resistance. And later, My Vengeance and Neverland.
In the past few years, Jahshie P. developed an intense interest in country western and bluegrass music, along with his new found passion of the mandolin. Come the Summer of 2009, his new skills began to translate into songs. His first step was to bring his wife, Kristina Nutting, a new comer to the Chicago music scene, along for the ride. She would rapidly warm up to the banjo. Quick to the draw, they set forth to include a track to the Outlaw Radio Compilation: Volume One. To fill in the blanks, they recruited Producer, Shawn Connors, best known as the drummer of death metal band, Bound And Gagged and later, Jashie P.’s band mate in Neverland, as well as a number of other fly-by-night acts.
To fill in the line-up, Arcadia Kust on fiddle, Sean Moriarty on guitar and Dave Beneventi on bass from a local irish punk act, The Fisticuffs, as well as former My Vengeance members, Stevie Lee on drums and David Wiegers, who also played guitar and as well as, contributed backing vocals in Neverland. This line-up would go on to record “Two Dollar Pints” for the comp.
Over the course of roughly the next year, the seven of them would go on to write more songs and play several national and local shows. In September 2010, they re-enlisted producer, Shawn Connors to begin work on the debut EP, “The Shape Of Bluegrass To Come.” Four songs, “Giving Up God For Lent,” “Drag Me To Hell,” “You Drink, You Drive, She Wins” and “Dying and Diseaed” would make the final cut. The EP was released on March 1st through Pint Of Happiness Records and later, distributed by Jahshie P’s own, Solitary Records.
After the conclusion of the “The Shape of Blue Grass To Come” sessions, Sean, Arcadia and Dave B. parted ways with the band. Shawn Connors has since joined to fill the open guitar position, along with Scott Farruggia, from Bound And Gagged and Neverland on bass and, Colleen Mary, another new comer to the Chicago music scene, on fiddle. The new line-up was debuted on a track for the Southern Independent Volume One Compilation, entitled, “Guilty Until Proven Innocent.”
October 2011 saw the release of a versus split with Madison, Wisconsin’s, Nellie Wilson & the Hellbound Honeys on Solitary Records. The release included the bands most brutal and bizarre effort to date in “Darkest Days,” as well as covers from Nellie’s LP, “Taking the O out of Country.” The A-side of the split includes Nellie’s renditions of Last False Hope tunes, “Two Dollar Pints,” “Dying and Diseased” and “Outlaw Girls.”
In March of 2012, Last False Hope collaborated with Shooter Jennings on a new original track entitled “1922″, that was exclusively released on the Outlaw Radio Compilation: Volume II.
Since their inception, Last False Hope has performed at the 2011 Muddy Roots Festival and have also shared the stage with the likes of Star Fucking Hipsters, World/Inferno Friendship Society, The Business, Joe Buck Yourself, Those Poor Bastards, .357 String Band, Hellbound Glory, The Goddamn Gallows, Rachel Brooke, The Hackensaw Boys, Slim Chance & the Can’t Hardly Playboys, Viva Le Vox, The Sawyer Family,Deals Gone Bad, Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers, Reverend Horton Heat, Wayne “The Train” Hancock, Antiseen, and the legendary, Wanda Jackson.
Last False Hope are currently writing and recording their debut full length album, titled, “Methlehem,” which they are hoping to release later in 2012. The album will be produced by Country Music superstar, Shooter Jennings, and co-released on Solitary Records and Sexy Baby Records.