Artist
Label
The Longcut
Open Hearts
Melodic
/
2009
CD
9.79
MELO062CD
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Tracklist
1Out At The Roots 4:16
2Something Inside 5:08
3Tell You So 6:19
4Evil Dance 5:02
5You Can Always Have More 1:20
6Open Hearts 6:35
7At Any Time 0:54
8Mary Bloody Sunshine 6:52
9Repeated 3:14
10Boom 4:06
11The Last Ones Here 5:49

Returning to the fray as fast, furious and frenetic as ever, The Longcut are back with both fists flying. Following their acclaimed debut album A Call And Response, the Manchester-based trio are set to release the follow-up, Open Hearts, on new label Melodic.

There’s been a shift to grass roots principals for this album: it was recorded in the band’s Salford rehearsal room (with some vocals done at home in the shower, for that cavernous, echoing effect). Produced predominantly by friend-of-the-band and Nine Black Alps guitarist David Jones with the addition of James Rutledge and Jimmy Robertson on the track Repeated, who brought “a fucked up pop sensibility.” Not having to worry about time and money constraints, the band were free to experiment – and managed to blow up three guitar amps and two tape echo units in the process.

For a group whose reputation was built on blistering live shows, they set out to make an album that reflected the raw energy of their performances – and succeeded. This is the rough-edged, vital, visceral sound of a band at the peak of their powers. It’s still undeniably The Longcut – Stuart’s shamanic howls, Jon’s crunching bass and Lee’s hypnotic guitar are all in place – but it’s fresher, trimmer and more focused than ever before. Lyrically, it’s upbeat, happier, lovestruck even, but with that weighty sonic sucker-punch behind it to counter-balance the sugar.