Manchester’s Long-view have had something of a quiet period over the last 18 months after bursting onto the scene with the critically acclaimed album Mercury.
In January of this year they released a compilation of remixes called Subversions and on the 8th August they released a new mix of their anthem Further. To cap all of this they are now starting to get some exposure in America where they recently signed to Columbia Records.
We caught up with the band this week to find out how things had been on the US tour and the reason for re-releasing Further nearly two years after it’s initial release.
TBS: How are you at the moment? Tired after all the US dates or exhilarated with how itâ€™s all going?
LV: Touring the US was a really amazing experience. It did sort of interrupt our work on the new album, but we could hardly complain we had a great time. Itâ€™s a bit bizarre that Further is on the radio again, but weâ€™re also quite excited that people who hadnâ€™t heard of us before could now get into what we do.
TBS: How have the dates with Embrace gone? I imagine their fans taking to you as you have a similar sound.
Embrace were actually an earlier influence on us and we definitely think our
music would appeal to their fans, as we found in America. When we played with
them in Leeds City Centre we really enjoyed the crowd reaction. We found we
were playing to real music lovers in the states rather than just followers of
TBS: How did you get on with them as a band?
LV: Theyâ€™re really cool, down to earth Yorkshire blokes really, having experienced a few years of ups and downs of the music business. We had a few drinks with them after most show and got the BBQ going whenever we could.
TBS: Youâ€™ve toured with Elbow and theyâ€™ve done a remix for you. Are they a band you can associate with?
LV: Theyâ€™re one of our favourite bands and good friends too. Doug grew up with them in Bury. Weâ€™re flattered to be associated with them and the Manchester music scene in general. Itâ€™s a really vibrant breeding ground for truly talented bands like Elbow
TBS: Things seem to be going well for you in the US especially now youâ€™re on Columbia Records
LV: Weâ€™re just starting over there really, putting in the ground work. We got played on quite a few radio stations and get back there and build on that. Itâ€™s hard to make a big impact over there but we hope that Columbia will continue to support us because we think itâ€™s going really well
BS: This might involve a lot of meet and greet type of things. Do you get fed up with this kind of stuff?
LV: Meeting people is part of the fun of touring and we get to meet all sorts. There are some cool people out there that can get past the industry meet and greet situation and just have a good laugh so it just depends on the individuals. We like talking about music we love for example, the small towns and independent record shops are obviously more fun that the corporate offices. Just buy us a drink and weâ€™re happy
TBS: Mercury was very well received in the music press and broadsheets were you a bit disappointed with how it sold?
LV: Itâ€™s difficult to put expectations on an album youâ€™ve made in terms of sales. Weâ€™re encouraged by every person who comes up to us and says a song meant something to them. Thatâ€™s more honest and real than the journalistsâ€™ view, but of course we were pleased to be acclaimed. I think it takes a lot of different factors for a band to be universal and sell a shit load and I donâ€™t think we should be aiming for that, just making music that excites us
TBS: How have you found the support in and around Manchester for what youâ€™re doing â€“ you donâ€™t have that traditional Oasis/Stone Roses sound or attitude?
LV: Weâ€™re proud of the support weâ€™re received in Manchester despite the not being typically Mancunian. I think that happened because thereâ€™s more to the city than just the Roses/Oasis lineage. Itâ€™s a great breeding ground for creativity and all sorts of music. On the other hand weâ€™ve loved and been influenced by some great Manchester bands but I think itâ€™s good we donâ€™t sound imitative or wear those influences too plainly on our sleeves
BS: You released Subversions in January, how did that come about?
LV: Subversions was a compilation of all the collaborations we had done for singles and white labels etc at that time and we thought they would be good as a collection together. Some of the tracks were friends of ours (Elbow, Ulrich Schnauss) who we really respected their music and others like Mogwai, we were fans of and rang them up to ask them to do it.
TBS: Did you have a favourite remix from that album?
LV: We all have different favourites but all the tracks are great interpretations in their own way and add something distinctive to what we had
TBS: Why have you chosen to re-release Further?
LV: Re-releasing Further was a decision made by those around us who think Mercury deserves to be heard by more people. Our concern this year is working on our follow-up album but if more people discover our old stuff then thatâ€™s something weâ€™re happy about.
TBS: Can we expect a follow up to Mercury soon?
have lots of new material for the follow up which we started working on two
years ago, so yeah! We need to record it soon for our own sanity. Weâ€™re
really excited about those songs and think they are our best. There is a clear
vision for our next record and I think weâ€™re poised to make our â€˜Urban
Hymnsâ€™ or â€˜The Bendsâ€™
TBS: Is it going to be more of the same or have you got any surprises up your sleeve?
LV: I think weâ€™ll always just try and write great songs in the vein of the music we love. The differences will be in the individual parts of the band as touring for the last 3 years we have all found our space in the band and know more about how we should sound if that makes any sense?
TBS: Have you tried any new song son the road yet? How have they gone down?
LV: We have played a few new songs such as â€˜Hollowâ€™ and â€˜Why?â€™, even though they werenâ€™t quite finished it was good to test them on our crowd. I think they were what people had been waiting for
TBS: How come youâ€™ve gone from Longview to Long-View?
LV: A boringly complicated legal reason which meant that putting a hyphen in our name allowed us to release records in America and co-exist with a blue-grass band also named Longview. They are a supergroup of very talented musicians who we had to track down one by one at a festival in Kentucky and get them to sign the agreement allowing us to keep our name. The hyphen was the price, at least itâ€™s not Longview 165 or something.