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Cordial invitation: The Last Dinner Party

The Last Dinner Party cordially invites every woman who needs an extra sense of empowerment to listen to their debut album, “Prelude to Ecstasy.” 


Graphic by Madison Sharrock. (Madison Sharrock)

Made up of five women, The Last Dinner Party exemplifies feminism with a punk-pop twist on the notable Victorian era. They formed in 2021 and quickly rose in popularity when they opened for the European leg of Hozier’s “Unreal Unearth” tour. 


On social media platforms including TikTok, many users are skeptical that the band is an industry plant. This is when a record label pushes an artist in a way that comes off as organic, but there’s plenty of money to push them into the spotlight. I disagree with these claims, for the band makes music that encapsulates many shared experiences between women.  


“Caesar on a TV Screen” expresses a desire to be known in history books just as men like Julius Caesar was. This song ebbs and flows through different tempos to manifest the yearning. For a woman to get everything they want and to be loved, they must trade in their tongues. 

“The Feminine Urge” speaks for itself with these lyrics: 

“Here comes the feminine urge, I know it so well / To nurture the wounds my mother held / Oh ballerina, bend under the weight of it all / Ain’t it fun to hold the world in your hands? / Do you feel like a man when I can’t talk back?” 

Their hit “Nothing Matters” has 52 million streams and counting on Spotify, a popular music streaming service. The band itself currently has 5.3 monthly listeners on Spotify. 

I anticipate The Last Dinner Party will be my No. 1 played artist on Spotify this year.  

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Madison Sharrock
Madison Sharrock, Editor-in-Chief
I am honored to be The Chanticleer's Editor-in-Chief for the 2023-2024 school year. Ever since I joined as a reporter the second semester of my freshman year, I have dreamed of this! Currently, I am a junior communication major with a concentration in interactive journalism with a minor in new media and digital culture. Last year, I served as the Assistant Editor where I learned the ropes of our publication. As Assistant Editor, I won 2nd Place News Story from the South Carolina Press Association with our former editor, Megan Wallace. Additionally, I was named the SCPA's 2023 Frank R. Mundy Scholar, the first ever recognized from Coastal Carolina University. I encourage all students interested in the field of journalism to join The Chanticleer. Not only have I gained an internship-like experience during my time here, but have made some amazing friends and connections along the way.

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