BIO: John Orr, AKA The Last Domino, began writing solo acoustic music in early 2005. The Romanticide EP was released soon after, showcasing songs that Orr describes as 'fictional accounts of people who die for reasons tied to love.' Most of the songs on Romanticide are quite dark and moody (think Jeff Buckley meets Ryan Adams), but John also shows his humorous side on the album with tracks like the Johnny Cash-esque 'Adventures In Whiskeytown' and the over-the-top Beatles pop of the hidden track, 'The One I Love'. The Last Domino did not perform live much in it's first year due to Orr's desire to write more up-tempo songs, which would be conducive to putting on a live show with more variety. In late 2006, he began writing new material for a full-length entitled Seconds. As with Romanticide, certain recurring themes were peppered throughout the songs, which deal with 'second chances, second guesses, and the second hand itself,' as John explains. The music on Seconds is, in fact, much more lively than previous material and creates an energetic atmosphere at shows. However, John stays true to his origins on the disc with somber tracks like 'Naïve' and 'You Don't Know The Half', which is about a schizophrenic who is on trial for murder. The Last Domino prides itself on putting on a unique show that implements organic beats and guitar loops, which serve as the foundation for solos from such unexpected instruments as the djembe and the saxophone. This all breathes a different kind of life into some of The Last Domino's already entrancing songs, but Orr also knows when to strip down to a simple guitar-and-vocal combination. PRESS: CDreviews.com's review of Seconds: 'Three of it's tracks have broad-appeal that should please all kinds of music fans. 'Born to Runner-Up' uses a sports metaphor to tell a musical tale of the eternal nice-guy loser. It's a lot of fun, and goodness knows there are thousands of us nice guys out there who can relate. It may be about losing, but the song itself is a winner, as is 'You Don't Know the Half.' Songs don't get much more clever than this story of a man with a split personality that murders his lover. Strangely upbeat, Orr even changes vocals for the man's two personalities. Dark, yes, but the song is a blast...no pun intended. And finally, another dark-yet-lively song, 'Last Call,' is the biggest highlight on the entire album. It's a rollicking good time of a number about a man who drinks himself to death after losing his love, and has bar room 'hit' written all over it. Thank goodness, as I think most of us have had enough of 'Friends in Low Places.'' INtake Magazine's review of Seconds: '...the solid tracks on this album demonstrate enough musical and lyrical sophistication to make me think that it's only a matter of time and dedication before Orr starts attracting serious attention.' Nuvo Magazine's BarFly comic: 'He's a real talent. His songs have a dreamlike quality that seems alien and yet familiar. Little tales of small truths that are filled with moments stolen from your past.'
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