Heroically crestfallen alt-popsters Longfellow put the seal on a grand old year by, well, preparing for 2014. Their 'Siamese Lover' single may not be released until January 27th, but Steve Lamacq has already played it on BBC 6 Music after he was impressed by their vibrant set at the Shacklewell Arms recently. Further radio support has followed from Radio 2's Jo Whiley.
2013 has seen our stout-hearted troubadours tickle the public's underbelly with their self-released 'Gabrielle' single in the summer and be embraced into the bosom of Fierce Panda Management not long after. In late October Longfellow also supported Keane at their anniversary show in Tunbridge Wells Forum.
It all fits, too: if you like your music with an epic overview and a melancholic undercurrent then Longfellow could well be Your New Favourite Band. Five heartbreakers-in-waiting they consist of Owen Lloyd (vocals), Tom Warhurst (drums), James Thomas (electric guitar), Isaac Shiman (bass) and Ali Hetherington (piano / synth). They lurk in South London and create a modest, authentic and soulful mixture of indie and pop, bolstered by fearless melodies and large choruses.
'Siamese Lover' is released on January 27th on Label Fandango / Fierce Panda, thereby joining excellent releases by the likes of Desperate Journalist, Felt Tip, Feldspar, I Am In Love, Machine Room, The Starkins, Habitats and more.
Longfellow kick off 2014 with this show here.
Club Fandango & fierce panda present PANDAMONIUM '14 @ London Highbury Buffalo Bar Tuesday January 7th - EL BORN + THE TRAPS + LONGFELLOW (onstage 9.00pm) + FELDSPAR. Early furred £4.00 tickets
'House' star Laurie received star number 2,593 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week.
Warning: Spoilers ahead!