Over the past year, Edmond band At Long Last has been checking off milestones at a rapid rate.
In January, the pop/alternative quartet opened its second show for major-label singer/songwriter/guitarist Greyson Chance, who also hails from Edmond. Over the summer, the band embarked on its first tour. In between, At Long Last released its debut album, made its first music video and had two songs featured in a movie.
And the foursome — singer/primary songwriter/guitarist Jordan Lindley, 16; lead guitarist Caden Castelli, 17; drummer Carson Hawkins, 17; and bassist Cole Verble, 16 — started their junior year at Deer Creek High School.
“This past year has just been crazy,” said Jordan in an after-school interview alongside Caden and Carson. “The summer was just a huge thing because we opened (in Oklahoma City) for Allstar Weekend and then the big one was we toured. ... That was the first we'd ever played out of the state.”
Saturday night, At Long Last finally will have the time to really celebrate its debut LP, “Let's Get to the Point,” at an album release party at The Conservatory. The album came out in August just days before they headed for the New York City, Boston, Toronto and other points east to open 12 dates for Dallas-based pop-punk band Forever the Sickest Kids, who hand-picked the group for their tour.
“What really boosted our confidence at the beginning is the fact that Forever the Sickest Kids had listened to us and they were the reason we were on it,” Jordan said. “We just kind of went into it like ‘This is awesome but we don't want to be taken as the kid band. We want to be serious about this.' Yeah, we're all younger and stuff but they all didn't treat us like that. They treated us like we were equals.”
They may be teenagers, but At Long Last has been around about five years, since Jordan and Carson teamed up as fifth-graders for a grade-school talent show. At the end of the sixth grade, they added Caden to the mix, and about a year later, Cole joined the lineup. Denise Castelli, Caden's mom, took on the job as the band's manager the first time she heard Jordan play one of his original songs.
“It just kind of went together as we're friends to like play music after school. But then it just kind of became a band really,” Jordan said. “Whenever Caden came in, we just decided, ‘Hey, we're actually doing stuff now, and let's keep doing it and let's be dedicated to it.' ... It wasn't just some after-school shindig anymore.”