“Our first BBC Introducing discovery of the year comes courtesy of a lovely five-piece band from South London. Longfellow are Owen, Tom, James, Isaac and Ali and they make big, catchy Indie pop music that’s caught our attention including this, Siamese Lover. They’ve been busy on the live circuit supporting the likes of Example and Feeder recently and look set to have an exciting 2014!” Huw Stephens (BBC Introducing)
With Longfellow it’s all about art-on-sleeve emoting, where passion outwits fashion and no chorus is ever knowingly undersold. All eight of these tracks were painstakingly home-recorded in a bedroom on Brockley Road, Lewisham, as were the other 30 or so stadia-sized songs they have quietly stockpiled in SE4.
Last Halloween Longfellow supported Keane at a special birthday show at Tunbridge Wells Forum. Barely one week later they were first on at the Shacklewell Arms in Dalston with gothic indie tykes Desperate Journalist. That brace of wildly differing shows kick-started a remarkable six month-long run of radio activities which saw ‘Siamese Lover’ heartily endorsed by Steve Lamacq on 6 Music and Jo Whiley on Radio 2 while Longfellow were nominated Introducing Band Of The Week by Huw Stevens on Radio 1.
Then came a trip to SXSW at the behest of the BBC Introducing team, with an Austin showcase alongside Thumpers, Royal Blood and Public Service Broadcasting – a show which led directly to an American release for this ‘Prelude’ mini-album. And then third single ‘Kiss-Hug-Make Up’ saw the band multitasking to a manic degree, hitching up to the Radio 2 playlist for three weeks leading up to a special fierce panda X-posure show for Xfm’s John Kennedy at Camden Barfly on May 20th. Now that’s what we call airwave entertainment.
Throw in a string of handsomely received industry shows with Breakout at the Lexington, with Music Week at the Black Heart and with Killing Moon at the Barfly – Longfellow are nothing if not organised – and it swiftly becomes apparent that here we have a band for several seasons. June alone sees them headline Music Week’s media-heavy Radar night in Chelsea, play a special low key birthday show at Camden Black Heart and then nip back to NW1 for a slot at Camden Crawl. Real music 4 real people? Oh, go on then…
The band are currently hunkered down by the seaside recording four brand new tracks for an autumn EP release, and plotting a debut album for launch in 2015 which may well utilise a portion of those 30something stockpiled songs.