Post-hardcore act From First To Last returned to the spotlight in February 2017, with the release of a new single and a reunion performance in Los Angeles with singer Sonny "Skrillex' Moore, guitarists Travis Richter and Matt Good and drummer Derek Bloom. To commemorate the occasion Epitaph Records will be releasing the group's Moore fronted first two records - Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has a Body Count (2004) and Heroine (2006) - on vinyl for the first time.
Recording in isolation in the shadow of Mt. Shasta with producer Ross Robinson, From First to Last embarked on an almost mystical mission with their sophomore effort Heroine to create a sound so honest, so urgent, so undeniably pure of intention that there could never be any doubt that it was uniquely their own. The result, mixed by Andy Wallace, is a mind-numbing, spine-cracking, jaggedly beautiful foray into hitherto unexplored musical territory. Sounds were set by emotion not tone, and most of what you hear on Heroine was recorded on the first take.
While the band were also joined on bass by Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland and on the album's lead track "The Levy" by programmer Atticus Ross (NIN), the real star on Heroine is FFTL's greater sense of ambition. The combination of Robinson's emotion-stirring production and the band's dire need to reassess its place in the world resulted in the kind of brave, artistic statement that very few of FFTL's contemporaries could surpass.