Long Autumn Interview 21/02/21
MM:Can you tell us about your Band and who's your biggest influences
For sure. Well, we’re what we like to call ourselves nu-alternative, a “genre” I guess we sort of birthed ourselves since we really couldn’t seem to accurately place ourselves in any other, in our opinion. Our music has essences of indie, alternative, pop, rock, shoegaze and everything in between. Influence-wise, we’re all over the map. From bands like Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Slipknot and Rage Against The Machine all the way over to The Neighbourhood, The 1975, Tame Impala, Bad Suns and Beach House to name a few. We’re super diverse.
MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from
I’ve said this before, but it’s true. We, collectively as a band, are most inspired by each other and each other’s genuine passion for what we’ve created. We work hard, but also play hard, and have the most fun when we’re together. That’s when we feel most creative and inspired.
MM: What would you say is your Bands favourite song ?
Well, that’s tough. We all listen to so much different music. I don’t even have one single favorite song. One of our “anthems” that we all for some reason love to vibe to on Friday nights is Take A Picture by Filter. Our bass player will geek out at the fact that I said that.
MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2020
This upcoming year, so far, we have a show in June booked at a sick rooftop club called The Delancey in New York City. We’re pumped for that, we’ve only played NYC once before. The following weekend, we’re playing an outdoor festival in Maine called Harry Brown’s. Probably going to be the biggest crowd we’ve ever played to, the attendance is usually between 2,000-3,000. We were supposed to play it last year but Covid cancelled it, of course. We’ll have tons more shows in Boston and all across New England once our venues that regularly book us start having live bands again, as well as exploring new venues in different cities.
MM: What can we expect from Long Autumn live
Man, our live show is nothing but fun. We’re hella energetic on stage, we jump around and bang our heads and get super into our own atmosphere. Our sound is very full, very vibey and very loud. Long Autumn shows are sick. We love playing to new people and getting them on the train.
MM: What do you like best and worst about touring
Well, we haven’t formally toured yet, so I couldn’t tell ya. We’re ready to whenever the opportunity presents itself to us though. We’re gonna be the kind of band with a pimped out van and way too much stuff in it, that’s for sure. Again though, we’re totally ready and totally hoping the opportunity comes up soon.
MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies
In our dreams, it might look something like The Neighbourhood, Cage The Elephant and Arctic Monkeys. As far as bands we’re actually buddies with now though, we’d love to hit the road with The Fool’s Agenda, a band we regularly play with out of Boston, Valleyheart maybe, and Mallcops, which is our bass player’s cousin’s band.
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why
Mine for sure was seeing The Neighbourhood back in 2015 at the House of Blues in Boston. I’ve never experienced a rush of pure adrenaline and excitement like that. I’d be waiting 3+ years to see them live for the first time, and the concert was absolutely shocking. Seeing my idols from the front row, so damn close, that changed me. It moved me.
MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far
I’d have to say our biggest accomplishment as a band, or at least one of them, would be getting our song I Could Get Used To This spun on Boston radio twice (so far). Like, when you hear yourself broadcasted on the radio, that’s insane, because you know there’s so many people hearing it. Super cool experience.
MM: Which are your Two favourite Albums of all time
My personal two favorite albums of all time (currently) are ‘I Love You’ by The Neighbourhood and probably either ‘Bleach’ by Nirvana or Slipknot’s debut record. I love so many albums though, it’s impossible to choose just two.
MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have people watching you?
Hell yeah I can, I was a nervous wreck. Our first ever show, and the first time I ever played music in front of people, was opening for a band called Valleyheart in Salem, Massachusetts. They were signed to Rise Records at the time, and we had about 150 people watching us all crammed into this super dope underground venue called Opus. Awesome crowd, girls dancing to our music, tons of applause, super nice sound (probably the best venue soundwise we’ve played at so far), and we made a ton of new friends and gained a lot of new fans that night.
MM: Growing up which Bands posters did you have on your bedroom wall.
Oh, when I was a kid, like from 11-15, I was super into metalcore. I had Asking Alexandria posters, The Devil Wears Prada posters, Motionless In White posters, all those kinds of bands. Now my walls are white and I like them that way. However, my pal did just give me a vintage 2000 Slipknot flag yesterday, and that might have to go on my wall.
MM - Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other person
That’s easy. Black Sabbath. Metallica. Slayer. I’ll throw Slipknot in there, honestly. But yeah, the greats, man.
MM - What's the most important thing to the band right now?
We just want to grow and evolve. We want to improve as songwriters and producers, in all elements of songwriting, from lyrics, to melody, to guitars, everything. We yearn to get better all the time. And I think with what we’re cooking up right now, we’re already reaching that goal. There’s always room for improvement.
MM: If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be and why?
We cover five songs live already. We’re always looking to switch it up, though. I think it’d be super cool if we did a song by The Cars, maybe Best Friend’s Girl. We’d absolutely rock that. Or maybe a White Stripes song.
MM: Tell us why we should buy and listen to your Band
We’re new age and we’re unique. Countless people tell us all the time that they can’t exactly put a finger on “who” or “what” we sound like. I think that says something about what we’re creating. Anyone can vibe with at least one of our songs. I think there’s something for everybody.
MM: Four words to describe Long Autumn
Four words to describe us, hmm. Let’s go with ‘fresh’. Then I’d add ‘distinct’. Maybe ‘wavy’ or ‘airy’. And then probably just ‘real’. We’re a real band with real minds and we play real instruments.
Final Words for your fans and our readers
Thanks for checking us out! We recently released our second EP ‘Change’ on all streaming platforms, so definitely check that out, we’re real proud of what we made. And we have a lot more, I repeat a LOT more fresh, new music coming this year. Follow us @longautumnmusic on IG, FB and Twitter to stay in touch, and never hesitate to reach out, we always reply. Much love.