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The Longcut

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Manchester, United Kingdom (2002 – present)

The Longcut formed in Manchester in 2002 while attending the University of Manchester. Originally a four-piece, their vocalist left soon after the band started and the remaining members intended to make purely instrumental music. In 2003 their experiments with cheap drum machines led to a new sound and their unusual stage setup (with original drummer Stuart Ogilvie alternating between live percussion and vocals). The band’s original sound and energetic live performances brought them to the attention of the record industry in 2004, eventually signing to Liverpool’s Deltasonic label. During 2004 the band also became friends with Manchester promoters Akoustik Anarkhy and indie/grunge band, Nine Black Alps. The two groups shared bills together at various house parties (one in Longsight was filmed for the video to ‘Transition’) organised by Akoustik Anarkhy and The Longcut, eventually touring together in early 2006.

The Longcut released their debut EP ‘Transition’ in November 2004, followed by ‘A Quiet Life’ in June 2005. Both EPs sold out and were well received by the music press. The band continued to tour throughout 2005, including appearances at SXSW, Glastonbury Festival and Fuji Rock Festival. Work on their debut album, A Call And Response, began in the summer of 2005. Production duties were handled by Jonny Dollar (who had previously worked on Massive Attack’s ‘Blue Lines’) and was mixed by TV on the Radio’s David Andrew Sitek. A mini-album (a compilation of their UK EP’s) was released internationally in 2006.

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