The Last Internationale
The Last Internationale(TLI) is an American rock band formed by New York City guitarist Edgey Pires and vocalist Delila Paz.
The group is known for its socially-conscious lyrics and strong live performances. Ben Hugues at Uber Rock says that "Live, they are an explosive ball of energy with perfect soulful vocals from Delila and rock 'n' roll chaos from the fingers of Edgey, a man who literally rips the strings from his guitar on a nightly basis." The duo started writing protest song and playing small gigs when Pires was studying for a degree in political science. He mentions Howlin' Wolf, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Woody Guthrie among their musical influences.
“ Live, they are an explosive ball of energy with perfect soulful vocals ”
— Ben Hugues, Uber Rock
The group can get very political, with songs about the situation of the First Nations in the United States, war, working class poverty and the abuse of power. A streak of hope runs through the revolutionary lyrics. Says Pires: "The point of the song Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Indian Blood, is that ultimately it will be the youth who free society, whether it’s the inner child in us or the actual youth who just get so sick of this whole mess that we’re in. The American Revolution was supposed to liberate people and it just ended up oppressing many for hundreds of years after and the song is about how the youth are going to take all the risks and ultimately take over. We’re promoting total liberation and we can achieve it in our lifetime, that’s optimistic!" Paz has always been an environmentalist: "Very early in my life, I think grade school. I started getting involved with Green Peace and environmental causes around 3rd grade. I knew that we weren’t living in a very natural way. I used to get little kid books that were about indigenous cultures and felt that we should live as nomads."
“ Ultimately it will be the youth who free society, whether it’s the inner child in us or the actual youth who just get so sick of this whole mess. ”
— Edgey Pires, Louder than War interview
“ I started getting involved with Green Peace and environmental causes around 3rd grade. ”
— Delila Paz, Rooster interview
The Last Internationale Wanted Man Live @ Download Festival 2018