by Danielle Holian
How did you all meet?
The three of us in Long Tail (Ed, Ste and Johnny) have known each other for years as friends and through various different musical projects. Myself and Johnny were in our first band together when we were about 12 and used to practice in my house when my parents were out (a lot of bands had the luxury of being ‘garage’ bands, but we were unique little badasses and perfected the role of ‘Kitchen’ band! Rock music . . . and toast!). Ste and I played with the extremely talented Liz Seaver so musically we already had a history and knew we would work well together.
How has your music evolved since the band first began?
Well ‘Long Tail’ is the band name for songs I’ve written and recorded (in Westland and Station Studios) over the last couple of years and the guys have come on board so we can play live. Seeing how the music will evolve will come out in time I guess but at the moment we’re a rock band with lots of melody, I heard Dave Grohl say in an interview one time ‘Don’t bore us, get to the Chorus!’ so yeah something like that haha. Having the full band live really brings out a lot of raw power that three-pieces can do especially well, Fangclub are a great example of a seriously powerful 3-piece.
Who would you compare yourselves to?
Comparing will be disastrous so influences is probably more appropriate. My favourite bands are Nirvana and The Beatles so Long Tail is certainly a part of those influences, though we’re always looking forward! I suppose it sounds kinda Foo Fighters-y I guess? I wear it on my sleeve though, never would have picked up an instrument if it wasn’t for Nirvana (know it’s a cliche but it’s true. . . and it’s the truth for countless musicians worldwide even if they’re too cool to admit it haha). At the moment I’m loving Foster the People and Walk off the Earth. Johnny is digging Opeth and Ste is loving his new jeans probably.
What has been the highlight of your career so far as a band?
The recent single launch in The Wiley Fox has been the live highlight for Long Tail so far, it was such a fun night and had a great turnout. We were supported by Vulpynes who rocked the place solid. The single ‘Your Time’ came out the next day on 16th April and that was a really cool and gratifying day for the band.
How has the band matured since signing to Headwire Records?
They’re showing me how to properly organise a gig for one thing! It’s heightened the professionalism of the band and it’s only getting stronger. Headwire have been very helpful to Long Tail in all facets, media, promo, gigs etc. And without them, we wouldn’t have had a platform to release ‘Your Time’. Our label-mates are awesome Fangclub and Nautilus!
Where can someone view your music?
‘Your Time’ is available on pretty much all digital stores and you can find it on soundcloud, you can find all links through our facebook page.
What advice do you have for people forming their own bands?
Worry more about the quality of your songs than your hairstyle. It doesn’t matter if you’re not the greatest musician in the world as long as you mean what you play. You don’t have to pretend you like Pink Floyd just coz older people tell you that you should. Rehearse often, then Play as many gigs as you can (one gig is more effective for getting better than 5 rehearsals, if something goes wrong on stage once – you won’t let it go wrong next time), meet as many other bands/artists as you can (unlike the lessons tv cooking shows are teaching the world, they are not your enemies/competitors, they are your contemporaries) and enjoy playing music.
What are the band’s plans for the future?
We’re gonna release the 4 track EP in the coming months, play a lot of gigs and support Fangclub on some tour dates around Ireland first of which will be 28th April in Spirit Store, Dundalk. We’re gonna shoot a video and keep moving forward hopefully. Facebook and Twitter will have all up to date info.
Listen to ‘Your Time’ here!