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London/Leeds-based alt-rock quintet The Long Faces are relishing the anticipation of their debut EP ‘Documentaries’ after some exciting numbers on their online streaming. The band have an emotive modern pop style that takes from both classic and contemporary influences to create a romantic aesthetic.
We caught up with the band to talk about their origins and their plans for the future.
THE LONG FACES
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DP!: How would you describe yourselves to someone who has never heard The Long Faces before?
The Long Faces: When we first started out, the music had a softer edge, and our overall sound was perhaps a little naive, a bit wishy-washy, compared to the newer stuff we’ve been working on. With this next release, we’re moving into more adventurous territory – heavier instrumentation, for one thing, and more complex arrangements. We’ve been taking inspiration from a lot of different places and we hope to incorporate that into the music.
DP!: How did the band form?
The Long Faces: We all met in high school, playing in various classical and jazz bands together. Eventually we decided to get together and jam in the school studio. We found that our styles of playing clicked well, and we quickly moved on from covers to writing our own music. We recorded and released ‘Cadence’ just for fun at the time, but people seemed to respond to it in a big way, so it became a bit more serious from then on.
DP!: What plans do you have for the future?
The Long Faces: Our EP is coming out on the 24th of July, which we are all very excited about. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we’re all currently separated, so celebrations will be on hold. We’ve been trying to work on several new songs through video call, but it’s been difficult as things tend to come together when we’re all in the same room. We hope to continue collaborating with Winnie Zhu (who has designed all of our artwork so far) in creating future music videos and potential visual projects. We’re just looking forward to being together again, really, and we’ll take things as they come.
DP!: Which new bands are you listening to right now?
The Long Faces: As individuals, we all listen to a huge variety of music, ranging from classical to math rock and electronic music. We like to immerse ourselves in the local music scene, supporting other up and coming bands that we’re into. At the moment, we’ve been gravitating towards the post-punk scene. We’ve all been really into bands like Crack Cloud and Squid. Some other bands we’ve been listening to are Sorry, Bo Ningen, Bullion and Lunch Money Life.
DP!: Which bands do you aspire to and why?
The Long Faces: We aspire to create and release music that’s consistently great and stay true to who we are as musicians. Radiohead is an example of a band that’s provided a steady stream of amazing albums, something we hope to achieve, along with maintaining a level of perfectionism in our songwriting and production that you would find in someone like Steely Dan – we admire them a lot.
DP!: What’s the stand out moment in your career so far?
The Long Faces: We’ve had the pleasure of playing lots of great gigs over this past year. A standout would be our headline show at the Notting Hill Arts Club – seeing all of our friends and supporters filling up the venue was a lovely thing to experience. Our gig at the Social supporting Ugly was another good one, as we’re close mates with them; playing music with your friends has a kind of celebratory feel to it, which makes it a really positive experience.
The Long Faces‘ new EP ‘Documentaries’ is due for release on July 24th.
You can order the EP online from the band’s official BandCamp (here).