If you know me at all, you know I love bands – especially the sort made up of boys – so you can imagine how excited I was to interview rising band ABT LST NT (pronounced About Last Night) as they begin to gain traction in the music world. This year has been a big year for ABT LST NT, made up of Eben Franckewitz, Mikey Bromley, Jackson Owens and Jack Taylor – they released their first EP as a foursome in August and have hit a stride on social media through recent mash-ups of songs like Justin Bieber’s “Cold Water” combined with Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” and covers like The Weeknd’s “Starboy”.
The boys have officially been ABT LST NT for about six months now, having just added Bromley most recently. They come from all different backgrounds, which they say has really been an asset to the band as they are all able to pull from the different musical icons and inspirations they grew up with.
Through their love for artists from Elton John and Amy Winehouse to Usher and Oasis, they bring out a unique sound that you can really hear come through in their EP.
“Everyone sort of had their input and then that’s what kind of gave it that diversity with each song being a slightly different style,” Bromley told me.
The boys co-wrote the entire first EP, titled “wrt. rcrd. rpt.,” after arriving in LA this year, working with producers like R8D!O, who has previously worked with Solange, Chris Brown and Jennifer Lopez. It’s hard to know what to expect when working on music with a new band, but the boys found that it was a surprisingly smooth process, as they all really are working toward the same goal and will do whatever it takes to get them where they want to go.
“As a group, we always wanted what was best for the group, “Franckewitz said. “That’s our goal at the end of the day. For example, I submitted two songs that I had written, but they were just not the right sound for the group, but that’s no big deal for me. I couldn’t care less about that, just because I want what’s best for the group. That’s always our thought process is what is best for us to move forward with.”
While getting an EP out was important, right now the boys are really focused on getting the band’s name out there and increasing awareness with the public on who they are and what they do. Through sharing their music and covers on social media, they are able to see the numbers increase and even interact with the fans on their own channels.
They know it’s the fans who have gotten them to where they are today and are excited to continue to put out more music for them.
“The amount of support we’re getting from those videos and the shares and people interacting is crazy,” Bromley said. “It’s really cool – we owe a lot to them. We’re going to keep working hard for them. That’s why we’re here.”
When we spoke with the band, they were in the process of putting together their next EP, so hopefully we can expect that soon in 2017.
Beyond the second EP, the boys are itching to perform their songs live, so keep your eyes peeled for possible shows in the near future.
You can get “wrt. rcrd. rpt.” now on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon. I’ve had both “Sorry I Lied” and “*Right Here” at the top of my playlists this fall, but you truly can’t go wrong with any of the five songs.
*Editor’s Note, “Right Here” was one of my top 5 most listened to songs on Spotify this year.