On Monday, local rap-rock hybrid band The Beginning At Last will open for Kottonmouth Kings at In The Venue.
Many Utahns might wonder, “Who are these local guys?”
Named for a Black Label Society song, The Beginning At Last formed in 2007 after all graduated from Olympus and Granite high schools.
King MF and Simon Eleven share vocals, and Brian Lan and Kevin Crocheron play guitar with DJ Arson manning the turntables.
“As far as our music and our live show, we are most similar to Linkin Park,” said the band in a collective e-mail. “If we say we are a mix between Linkin Park, limp bizkit, and Eminem, that draws a good picture for most everybody.”
The band answered questions posed to them about their album, their inspirations, and why Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda would be calling them on a perfect day.
Tell me what you wanted to do with your debut album “No Music, No Life.”
We wanted “No Music, No Life” to introduce the world to us and get our selves noticed by music lovers. We wanted to be different and create and album that was interesting all the way through. The first time you listen to it, each song is different so you don’t know what you are gonna get next — hip hop to rock to blues to metal.
What inspires you?
I think all of us have different inspirations personally, but a serious love for performing and writing and making music people like is pretty good inspiration and motivation. We all have different backgrounds in music and our own styles and it comes together to create something amazing and original and that alone inspires us to make another album and go show it off live.
Why do you admire Linkin Park?
Linkin Park inspires us in so many ways as far as the live show and music videos and how they present themselves and how they are always willing to push their boundaries that the music business tries to place on them. We don’t want to be lumped in one category. We want people to say that The Beginning At Last is similar to other bands, but are their own and have their own sound and you just have to check it out to get what they’re all about.
If you were a grunge band from the early 1990s, whom would you be?
Well. I don’t think I would want to be a grunge band. I think because we are different now, we would have been different then, so we probably would of been like Korn meets Beastie Boys. But I think if we all got together we would probably be doing the same type of s___ we are doing now ... Like Aerosmith and Run DMC.
When people ask you to describe your sound, what do you say?
I call it aggressive hip hop. But sometimes I just let people decide what we sound like. We hear a lot of stuff after we get off stage, or [after] they have a chance to listen to the album. One guy told us we were an Eminem and Rob Zombie mix. A lady at Saltair said we sounded like Kottonmouth Kings with Zack Wylde. So sometimes it’s better to let people decide for themselves. You just gotta check it out.
Describe a perfect day.
Getting a call from Mike Shinoda to pack our s___ for a world tour.
Find The Beginning At Last online at facebook.com/thebeginningatlast, on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody and YouTube and playing with Kottonmouth Kings April 29th at In The Venue.
FIGHT TO UNITE TOUR FT. KOTTONMOUTH KINGS
In The Venue
The Fight to Unite Tour featuring Kottonmouth Kings with Deuce, Dizzy Wright, The Beginning At Last, Snow Tha Product, and Eskimo Callboy will hit the stage at In The Venue April 29.
Time: 5 p.m
Ticket Price: $21 at SmithsTix