The Last Hurrah!! is an international pop/rock project whose constantly evolving lineup creates sounds drawing heavily from the music of the '60s and early '70s.
The project was assembled in 2010 by successful veteran producer and multi-instrumentalist HP Gundersen (Sondra Lerche, Madrugada, Ane Brun, Tim Rose). He became obsessed with Stephen Stills' "secret tuning" on "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," and he spent some time exploring music based on open, modal guitar tunings, hence his term for the Last Hurrah!!'s music: "drone guitar."
The first lineup was formed in Bergen, Norway around his droning guitars -- electric, acoustic, and pedal steel -- and vocalist Heidi Goodbye (Heidi Torsvik), with eight other musicians playing everything from standard rock combo instruments to tamboura, bouzouki, and violin in a meld of folk and country-rock, hooky pop with rich vocal harmonies, and a strong West Coast psychedelic influence. Signed to Rune Gramophon, their debut album, Spiritual Non-Believers, was released in 2011. Comprised of only three songs, it included the sprawling "Ballad of Billy and Lilly," which was over a half-hour in length.
The group played some live dates in Norway and attracted the admiration of a large number of musicians, local and international. When Gundersen and Goodbye re-entered the studio, the band was much larger and more fluid, alternating personnel from track to track. American jazz saxophonist Jon Irabagon contributed to a pair songs. The end result was 2013's universally acclaimed The Beauty of Fake.
Ever restless, Gundersen shifted most of his personnel again. He enlisted American singer/songwriter Maesa Pullman (daughter of American actor Bill Pullman) as lead vocalist in a sprawling Norwegian and American ensemble that contrasted earthy songwriting with sometimes lavish arrangements. The single "Weight of the World" b/w "Is It Me" was released in March of 2015, followed by the full-length Mudflowers in August. Pullman's cousin Rosa sang lead on one track and was one of many backing vocalists on the album; Maesa's brother Jack joined the the Last Hurrah!!'s live incarnation on guitar and banjo. ~ Thom Jurek