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Seattle, United States

The Long Winters is an American indie rock band based in Seattle, USA.

Singer-songwriter John Roderick was born in Seattle, Washington, and moved to Anchorage, Alaska, during his elementary school years. He later returned to Seattle and formed both Bun Family Players and the Western State Hurricanes. Following the collapse of the latter, he acted as touring keyboardist for Harvey Danger.

In 2001, Harvey Danger singer/songwriter Sean Nelson suggested that he and Roderick record an album, with half of the songs penned by John and the other half by Sean. Death Cab for Cutie band member Chris Walla had recently opened the Hall of Justice studio in Seattle and agreed to help them record.

John recruited Joe Bass of Sky Cries Mary and Brian Young of Fountains of Wayne to flesh out several of the songs, and the album gradually evolved to feature only John’s songs. After several months, The Worst You Can Do Is Harm was finished.

John traveled to New York, where he played solo shows and quickly began to write new songs, several of which would be included on the Long Winters’s second album, When I Pretend to Fall.

While in New York, John was contacted by Barsuk Records — the label that would release The Worst You Can Do Is Harm — who made it clear that they wanted John to promote the release by touring. He returned to Seattle, where he was joined by Chris Caniglia, former Western States Hurricanes drummer Michael Shilling, and Eric Corson on bass. Thus, The Long Winters were born.


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  • calsimon

    what is this new song?

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • IAmDillin

    mbmbam :)

    23 Aug 2013 Reply
  • MachineCoil

    Why didn't I hear about these guys earlier?

    19 Jul 2013 Reply
  • BobRozga

    joke's on me i guess lol. if anyone has the studio version of "not moving to portland" i'd still like to have that to tide me over until like 2019.

    16 Jun 2013 Reply
  • EvanLind

    new album release date announced! december 11, 2013. [2] hahahahahahahahaha, doesn't look like this one's coming true.

    10 May 2013 Reply
  • TheKeenGuy

    Love the guy who found out about them from the BOAT album cover.

    30 May 2012 Reply
  • farmgirlblues

    JOHN. I know that you'll find this sooner or later. You were positively amazeballs in NYC and promised to come back soon (with a new album in tow, maybe please?). Let's talk about how you playing "Hindsight" (I'm telling myself that you played it for me 'cause -- let's be honest -- you kinda did) rocked my night even harder than my recovering Goth kid of a husband not having that bad of a time in a sea of awkward indie folk. Thanks for a fabulous show!

    2 Feb 2012 Reply
  • CatalystDM

    The Worst You Can Do Is Harm snuck up on me, but now I think it's easily their best.

    3 Dec 2011 Reply
  • rpanayfo

    The OC

    30 Oct 2011 Reply
  • museum_mouth

    Australian tour would be jizzzz

    17 Jul 2011 Reply
  • jeesushaych

    Only just found out about these guys (from the BOAT album cover)...When I Pretend to Fall has the strongest opening salvo of songs I've heard in ages...thanks BOAT!

    11 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Ruud279b

    Putting the days to bed is one of those albums that never get boring :) thx

    8 Jun 2011 Reply
  • conditionals

    Damnit John, stop doing pointless crap like fathering children and give us more Long Winters.

    29 May 2011 Reply
  • farmgirlblues

    Sweet baby Jesus, I love this band so much. Which is why it sucks that they haven't put out an album since 2006.

    7 Apr 2011 Reply
  • azul0182

    Amazing band, amazing person... spent some time talking to him and wrote about it over at

    7 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Gary_Z

    Hi from russia. so cool..

    26 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Smavitaljus

    2013? Long shot.

    16 Oct 2010 Reply
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  • BobRozga

    new album release date announced! december 11, 2013.

    23 Aug 2010 Reply
  • BeetsAndBears

    i like this A LOT!

    18 Aug 2010 Reply
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