The Longsands: Little Britain

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    Little Britain is the third single from The Longsands’ excellent debut album Meet Me In Spanish City and once more it offers the mightiest persuasion as to why the band is so highly rated and passionately followed by their fans. The Northumberland quintet has earned an impressive reputation for their passionate and fiery live performances and a wealth of acclaim for their singles and album. The new release will be no exception, the song a potent and attentive inciting companion for thoughts and emotions.

Emerging from as guitarist Ian Barnes said in our interview with him, “…mucking about with a few tunes in 2006 and it was more of a hobby…”, the band went from winning a national unsigned competition to selling out local venues the following year and touring Greece with a commission from Sony music and Jack Daniels.  With the line-up of Barnes, vocalist Trevor Cox, lead guitarist David Stanyer, bassist Gary Ormston, and drummer Paul Stephenson in place from this point, The Longsands has continued to ignite audiences across the UK, gaining notable fans in the shape of Steve White of The Style Council and Bruce Foxton of The Jam, who the band supported on a tour, and gained support and exposure through the likes of Bob Harris, Dave Stewart, and Simon Fowler of Ocean Colour Scene, who The Longsands have just completed a February tour with.

     Little Britain is a smouldering fire which grows and impresses the more you allow its anthemic and rich defiant fire to burn upon the ear. Emerging from a guitar stroke of the ear which is laced with elements of The Jam even in its brief unaccompanied moment, the song is soon a brewing passion of licking guitar flames and the continually impressive expressive vocals of Cox, Soon a velvety growl of bass from Ormston brings its shadows to bear accompanied by the firm rhythmic frame engineered by the forceful beats of Stephenson. Fully into its stride the track evolves into a heart driven melodic tempest of confrontation and impassioned intensity of emotive elegance and political honesty.

The song is a call to arms for thoughts and emotions in league with an irresistible temptation for the passions to feed lustily on its glorious melodic feast and enrapturing crescendos of power and craft. Whilst reviewing their album we as suggested earlier found the song a slow burner but it soon stood and still stands as a track which ignites the richest emotions inside with each welcome meeting.

Completed by the engaging An Affair In Manchester and an instrumental version of the single, Little Britain inspires a real passion for itself and the band which their album accelerates further. With an accompanying video for the single which features Howard Marks, the release should finally see The Longsands find the deserved break into the widest recognition, they certainly burn brightly on our and a great many others radar already.

www.thelongsands.co.uk

8/10

RingMaster 23/02/2013

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Autoheart: Control

With their debut single Sailor Song, UK band Autoheart earned great and deserved acclaim for its impressive sound and presence, now the East London quartet return with Control, an indie pop song which just lights up the imagination. It is a track which captivates and evokes thoughts and emotions, its finely crafted and at times mesmeric charms fully engaging from start to finish.

The foursome of vocalist Jody Gadsden, guitarist Barney JC, drummer David Roman, and Simon Neilson on keys, since that first single have inspired interest from the likes of Radcliffe and Maconie, Shaun Keaveny, Bob Harris, and across  the media generally as well as gaining an ardent fan base with their successful monthly live night PUNCH around London venues. The new release will only energise this rise further, its presence sure to draw nothing less than impressed responses.

Released through O/R Records, Control opens with simply shuffling rhythms and piano, well when we say simply it is an immediately atmosphere and emotive entrance soon elevated by the quite stunning voice of Gadsen, his expressive and stirring tones impossible not to be drawn in by. From the attention grabbing potent start the song spreads its warm yet tense arms with flowing harmonies and inciteful melodic caresses. The track has an underlying energy and passion to it which just sweeps one up into the bordering on fiery atmosphere, the gently coaxing beauty soaked in immersive passion and soaring grandeur. Some songs are epic in massive overwhelming soundscapes, Control is epic from its heart and the wonderful vocals and rich sounds which combine for a towering wash of expression and feeling which just envelopes and soaks the senses.

Produced by Danton Supple, Control is quite magnificent; a song all should step into the heart of as we wait for their debut album with high anticipation.

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RingMaster 03/11/2012

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ahab – Kmvt

Following the release of their 2009 debut CD a.h.a.b. the duo of Callum Adamson (son of Skids/Big Country’s Stuart) and Dave Burn were invited to play the annual ‘Fanfare’ Festival in Nashville. Recruiting for the event musicians Seebs Llewellyn and Luke Price, the week long residency at the famous ‘Tootsies Orchid Lounge’ during Nashville’s Country Music Awards week festival was so successful, playing twice a day to packed houses and receiving an invitation to record at Warner Studios in Nashville that they decided to make the band and line-up permanent.

Back in London they took a year writing new material before unveiling it through two months of busking, the stir and following they generated by that leading them to being warned by the Police to stop performing around the local markets of East London due to the crowds they drew blocking the streets. 2010 saw them invited to play Fairport Convention’s Cropredy Festival in front of 15,000 and from that a recorded session for the Bob Harris BBC2 radio show. ahab next recorded a 5 track EP of self-penned songs at London’s Snap Studios which Bob Harris offered to host the launch party for at the BBC Club.

Legendary producer John Leckie ( XTC, The Fall, Radiohead, Stone Roses…) already a fan after attending one of their early shows offered to record ‘Lucy’ a download only single. Early 2011 saw the band on their first national tour to promote the single and now there is the release of Kmvt with the returning Leckie again at the controls. With a tour supporting leading folk big-band Bellowhead in November the rise of the quartet is distinctly gaining momentum and strength and the new EP gives good evidence and credence as to why.

The songs within the EP are a great mix of music and sounds that is unassuming and mesmeric, the four part harmonies and strong uplifting essence that permeates each note impossible to not feel warmth for. Opening track ‘Wish You’ starts it all off with an upbeat and up lifting track, finding peace in an emotional set back. The flowing harmonies, beckoning rhythms, and playful guitars bring a smart and engaging country rock/Americana sound that thrills and engages.

Lightnin’ Bug’ brings a bustling country sound, putting the listener in the fields of Nashville mentally and emotionally. This is followed by the folk charms of ‘Docker’s Hands’, again it carries a thriving beat and liveliness even though it begins as a ballad of sorts. The vocals are eager and attentive to the lyrics and the ear whilst the music caresses with glee.

Next there is the rousing and animated joys of the EP’s best track ‘Call A Waiter’. Bouncing on an enthused beat and a deep delicious bass sound the song leaps greedily and welcomingly into the ear and before long one finds fingers clicking and feet tapping uncontrollably. The blend of country rock and folk sounds surprising and alien but extremely agreeable to one who has nightmares at the term country music.

The emotive ‘Where’s The One You Love’ with more wonderfully easy and pleasing harmonies closes off an EP that is a pleasure and energiser for the senses.  Kmvt easily and completely reveals why the band is on such an upward and fast moving ascent, and with their album due out next year the following twelve months could and should find ahab the name on the lips of most fans of quality melodic music.

RingMaster 03/10/2011

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