Crisp and immersive Americana-soaked rock pours through alongside beautifully uplifting song-writing as this short yet satisfying collection of originals from LA’s The Long Play hits the scene.
Featuring pristine production that allows the genuine live sound of the band to shine as brightly as possible, American Dreams (Bullets on The Byway) makes for an ideal place to start.
Offering classically warm and energetic, accessible vocals, tightly woven musicianship and a clear sense of passion from all involved, the song is an easy anthem that quickly lifts the mood. Throw in an ode to the ever-relevant topic of the American Dream, and an unavoidably infectious hook, and the whole thing intrigues and connects in the way that any classic rock track should.
As the releases continue, The Long Play make clear their own style and sound in a manner that feels well-rooted amidst the pop-rock legends of a simpler time.
OCD is easily recognisable as this band once you’ve heard their previous work, and the song goes on to weave in a thoughtful topic – and to do so in a fresh and appealing way. Great song-writing, relevant and considerate, presented in a broadly likable way – a live show is a clear must.
Embarcadero is another beauty, this time loaded with sunset riffs and a big-band feel that begs for audience participation. The Long Play have the unity, the writing and love for the process required to really light up the pop-rock realm once more.
Their next single to emerge will be the blues-rock power track that is Evangelicals – a seductive rock and roll song, with simple indie progressions and a gorgeously hypnotic verse melody; not to mention a story that keeps you connected. Perhaps a highlight of the band’s to date, the track feels like a timeless classic – ready and waiting to be the addictive anthem that any and all rock fans know through and through.
Featuring James Schaffner on Vocals and Guitars, Chuck Jones on Guitars, Rick Robledo on Bass and Ian Paul on Drums, The Long Play will be well worth looking out for as and when the live scenes return.