Every Last One is a young four-piece 'emo/rock-punk' band that began playing together in early 1999. With influences including Weezer, Ben Folds, New Found Glory, and The Used, ELO has brought together a high-octane musical vehicle for their emotionally compelling songs that may very well represent the next generation of the Emo evolution. Founded by Joe Taylor (vocals, guitar) and Michael Hutton (bass), and later joined by drummer Jeff Fortner, ELO went on to record two demos before collaborating with producer Sean Dugaw on their first EP, Number One, in the spring of 2002 at Robert Lang Studios in Seattle. After the completion of Number One, almost a year of solid gigging, and consistently drawing crowds of 200 or more to Seattle and Portland area clubs, the trio caught the attention of Wogbe (wo-be) Ofori at Saltmine Music Group, who invited them to perform in a showcase in Los Angeles. In August of 2002, the band prepared to embark on a six-stop West Coast tour that was to end with them sharing the bill with singer/songwriter/pro-surfer Daize Shayne in Saltmine Records' first 'open house' showcase. However, because of other commitments, neither Jeff nor Mike could make the tour. So Joe recruited Evan Kirkpatrick (guitar, vocals) to fill in on bass, and Nate Skulrod (drums) to fill in on drums. So impressive was this young band's energetic performance and passionate songs that they were soon signed to a development deal with Saltmine Music Group's BVG Entertainment Management. Jeff left the band in the fall of 2002 to pursue other opportunities, and was permanently replaced by Nate. With the final addition of Evan to the permanent line-up, Every Last One is now all accounted for in Taylor, Hutton, Skulrod and Kirkpatrick. 'I feel like we're coming back to some of these people with something that's a lot more thought out,' says Joe. 'We're lucky to have a very dedicated manager that pushes us enough that things get done, and still gives us creative space to cultivate the next big sound. The collaboration between Evan and I is downright scary. Since things have changed around, our music sounds better, the songs are better, our show is ten times better, and on top of that we've learned a lot about this business that we didn't know before. I think we're all pretty excited to see what happens next.'
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