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:: The Longcut ::
19 November 2004 / The BierKeller / Manchester
By Ged Camera

An energy bourn of youth and frustration. Oh to be young and frenzied, to have exuberance in bucket loads as the Manchester based Longcut do. So by the time the Deltasonic signings have finished their hour long set at almost 2 am, their supporters, literally hanging from the low hung ceiling to get a better view, are still baying for more.

Whatís it all about?

I suppose you either tune in immediately to the play-loud-play-it-fast combination of violent guitars, smashed drums and intense effects that this threesome produce, resulting in guitar music styled in the lineage of Sonic Youth, Joy Division & Mogwai, or you are intensely bored, harboring a ďSeen it all beforeĒ attitude. Their musical references are nothing retro or to apologise for, merely a musical tableau re-imagined for our times. Itís a starting point for their elongated musings.

They want to keep on playing through the night, because, like a footballer, they are free from the everyday, mundane hassles of work, money, issues, nothing matters only the music. These guys are probably the quiet, shy people you pass by in everyday life without realising who they are, not wishing to impose themselves on you. Now, with instruments in hand, itís a different proposition.

The emotional intercourse is intense and at times unrelenting. Encouragement to fill a void between stage and audience is not required. There isnít one, punters already encroaching in eager anticipation.

Preferring to remain without a dedicated vocalist, a decision of choice, means that drummer Stuart Ogilvie is frequently found to be rushing towards the front, either for vocal duties or a stint on keyboards. How can that self enforced option possibly work? Well, judging by the number of punters stood on tables, dancing at the front, clambering on stage, soaking up the flaring guitars (Lee Gale), body cutting bass (John Fearson) and distorted tape noises, pretty well Iíd say.

Who said that youth is wasted on the young?

pix (c) Ged Camera 2004 - used with kind permission


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