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but in related news, I <3 The Longcut. Do they have any new stuff imminent?
No new deal yet, but great new songs and new gigs!
Current mood: hopeful
A few weeks ago we hoped that we'd be announcing an exciting new record deal and put all of our worries behind us and get on with writing and recording our next album. Unfortunately things haven't been as speedy as we hoped, which means that we're still holding out for a new deal and exploring different avenues, but luckily we haven't let that get in the way of writing some of our best ever songs, and trying out a few new tricks in the process. We have about 12-13 new songs finished and demoed (we've been recording and producing ourselves in our practice room for the last few months) and tons of new ideas knocking around.
Some of the highlights we think are Evil Dance, a dark and broody and synthy and bassy beast of a song, which we've been playing live for a few months now; Something Inside, one of the more recent ones we've written, which is stripped down and funky as fuck, with a big fat stoner finale; Mary Bloody Sunshine, a kind of dusty lonesome love song set in space; Out At the Roots, heavy heavy drum samples and a gorgeous melodic coda; a couple of as-yet untitled songs, one of which sounds like a hardcore My Bloody Valentine version of Last Act, and another based around hushed vocals and a stupidly distorted bassstation riff and mental drum machines.
We've also written two songs which are possibly the biggest departure from our old stuff. Repeated is probably the closest thing we've ever written to a proper pop song. It's built around a chopped up piano sample and straight ahead four on the floor beat, it has verses and choruses and bridges and a middle eight, it's a love song, it's just over three minutes and its one of the most exciting things we've ever done – and it only took about three days to write. The other big departure is on the (still untitled) song we've just finished writing, where (fucking hell!) Lee sings the main vox, over an admittedly epic poppy post-rocky ballad kinda thing.
We'll be playing loads of the new stuff at the upcoming gigs in London (Luminaire) and Manchester (Star and Garter for Akoustik Anarkhy – always a hell of a party!), a lot of it for the first time in these cities. We'll still be playing the old classics too. Wouldn't be the same without them, really. If only we could swing a two hour set…
That's all for now! Take care!
I really want to go now. I might drag myself down there.
I do too. I don't think it's sold out either.
i shot my cash wad at devo last night.
i asked last week if anyone was going!! no one replied!!
and now that i got you here? what about our jam?
and that makes me sad.
ranged from being promising (but still underdeveloped) to plain bad and Stuart's voice (or lack of) was woefully exposed on a couple of them. The older tracks still sounded good and Idiot Check was tight and powerful but they really lacked a bit of the dynamism they had on previous occasions. I don't know if they haven't played together for a while but it felt like a step back, rather than a step forward.
and Morton Valence were a bit pony.
Nothing special, but decent fun. I was disappointed to see that they've got a new keyboard player. The bloke they had before with the curly fauxhican-mullet combo and the permanent grin was amazing. Rocking his keyboard backwards and forwards, punching the air and yelling "Whooo!" at key moments. That's what a band needs.
back to Columbia :(
i saw them at some festival in Stoke Newington a few weeks back... bit silly? not too bad though..
shame about the longcut :( they were wicked at the borderline in March (?)... i was going to go but went to see someone else (i was wearing my Longcut t-shirt though)
and wasn't overly impressed...
they (used to be, anyway) are way better live than on record.