Last Mission formed in early 2001 after Jeff Nolin and Ian Galloway, who grew up together playing music, reformed their friendship after close to a year.
After hanging out in bars in both Boston and Providence, they realized that playing music together again was the next logical step. Previously, Nolin and Galloway were in The Degenerates, a hardcore punk band who had moderate success in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. When Nolin and Galloway regrouped, they were inspired to write challenging music that would put both their talent and ideas on display. Galloway, the main songwriter, had previously written songs that would be the start of Last Mission. Within a month, they had five songs between the two of them, and they realized that if they wanted to be a serious band, they needed more than just drums and guitar. They needed a bassist who shared their same musical ideas and had the talent to back it up.
That is when Chuck Langley, a friend for years, stepped in on bass. Chuck is no stranger to the music scene. Along with having close ties to the Degenerates, he was involved in the Boston punk scene and was a roadie for the Dropkick Murphys before their breakout success. He played guitar for a couple of bands that only lasted briefly. He jumped at the opportunity to play in Last Mission and enthusiastically helped the band refine its form.
As Last Mission began to mature, they recorded a five song demo at Danger Multitrack Recordings in Providence with Joe Moody, who has recorded all of the Degenerates records. This demo was passed around at local shows in both Boston and Providence to positive reviews.
With a demo to pass out, they started to play shows in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. With the added experience of playing to an audience their confidence was boosted and they had a new found drive to reach a larger fan base. They decided that it was time to record their first release.
In September 2002, they went to Hybrid Studios in Roslindale, MA to record a seven song EP with Pat Leonard. Leonard was a former drummer for The Lemonheads, bassist for The Freeze and Moving Targets. He has recorded Boston Area bands such as Fast Actin' Fuses, The Decals and Chris Doherty of Gang Green. Leonard molded their already catchy sound into a more complete package and brought out the best of Last Mission's musical potency.
After recording, they decided that it would be in their best interest to add a second guitarist to give them a fuller sound. They recruited Boston native John Kendricken, who was in the Scapegoats, The Freeeks, and Castrati. Kendricken had the guitar chops that they were seeking and quickly became a prominent member of the band.
After John joined the band, Chuck moved to Derby, Connecticut and Ian moved backed to Providence from Boston. Despite these geographical changes in distance, Last Mission is still poised and ready to go when it comes to bringing their brand of punk to the people. Their live show is becoming a must see. The band is starting to get recognition as well and is getting airplay on a number of New England area college shows and also major stations that have punk programming.
With their lineup completed, Last Mission are determined to let the world know that they have arrived.