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High-grade indie rock, power pop, and Americana since 2003. Boston-based. Proudly DIY.

The Longwalls to play “Listen Local” 2016 – FREE SHOW!

The Longwalls - Listen Local 2016

Long weekend, so Sunday night is quite OK for partying. Join us this Sunday for the 3rd Annual Listen Local event featuring some of Boston’s best bands selected by the tastemakers that bring them to you first (the estimable Ryan Spaulding in our case). And just across the street from Boston’s biggest Music Festival!

Oh, and it’s FREE!

The show gets underway at 5:45, The Longwalls hit the stage around 7:45. RSVP to the obligatory Facebook event here. And learn more / sample the bands here.

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A very thoughtful review of “Full Circle – Commonwealth Women Up Front”

Discover some new artists. All these singers and bands excel in writing cool, gorgeous songs. They showcase vocal range and musical prowess. Impossible not to listen to it from start to finish again and again and again. Every song impresses with its songwriting, composition and ability to move, soothe or groove.

Wow, it’s amazing when people take the time to listen and comment. Makes all the work worth while. Check out Amy Steele for Entertainment Realm as she discusses her tastes in music and then gives track by track commentary for the entire album. Very cool! Download the album for free!

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Friday, April 8: The Longwalls play the Rock & Roll Rumble!

The luck of the draw puts The Longwalls on Friday 4/8 for the prelims of the 2016 Rock & Roll Rumble at ONCE Lounge and Ballroom. Get tix here! Lots of nice words have been written about the annual showcase: check out “10 Questions with The Longwalls” as well as the Improper Boston, Vanyaland, The Boston Globe, and even our own Mayor Marty Walsh! So yeah, get tix as it may very well sell out. Here’s the Facebook event page, and follow along on Twitter via #Rumble2016. See ya soon!!

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“Full Circle – Commonwealth Women Up Front” available now for FREE download!

We’re oh so proud to release the first every Static Motor compilation— “Full Circle – Commonwealth Women Up Front.” Born from a SoundCloud group, the comp features 10 tracks of 10 tracks of solo artists and bands with a female voice up front. Quiet introspective lo-fi folk, lush dream pop, surfy rock, fuzzed out guitars and synths. Amazing vocals start to finish. The fine folks at Floorshime Zipper Boots write, “expertly curated and features compelling music from start to finish. It’s a great way to sample the best of Boston’s female driven indie scene.” Check it out!

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COMING SOON: Full Circle – Commonwealth Women Up Front, out Feb 9

Full Circle - Commonwealth Women Up Front

Our first foray into compilation albums is going to be something special. I’ve been moderating a group on SoundCloud called “Indie Music Boston” (the biggest moderated group for Boston in fact) for several years now and always thought it would be cool to produce a compilation album solely of artists from the group. While earmarking songs I liked, I soon realized most of them featured women—either as solo acts or bands with women up front. And quite serendipitously, there’s a “time” theme that threads through many of the songs. The idea for Full Circle – Commonwealth Women Up Front was born. It’s been an amazing experience rounding everything up for this project and feeling the enthusiasm of all the artists. So.. look for a release date of February 9. It will be digital only—and FREE—to download, though all the artists are getting CDs so you might be able to get your hands on one at their respective shows. And maybe in the spring we’ll bring everyone together for a benefit show here in Boston. Full Circle. Stay tuned..

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More kind words on The Longwalls’ “Live at The Bridge”

“These guys don’t get nearly the recognition they deserve and I like to believe in a different time and place you’d be reading about them in Rolling Stone……and in that different time and place Rolling Stone is still cool and relevant.”

Wow.. the fine folks at Nine Bullets have blown us away with their stellar review of The Longwalls live album “Live at The Bridge.” It’s heartening to know that amidst the indie rock din people can still find their way to the smaller bands and allow themselves to be blown away by something as homespun as what we do here at Static Motor. Have a read, have a listen, and have a look. And a huge thank you to Nine Bullets for supporting our music.

Kinds words for The Longwalls’ “Live at The Bridge”

The fine folks at Floorshime Zipper Boots have some nice very things to say about The Longwalls live album / video “Live at The Bridge.”


“Live albums are, at best, difficult affairs that try to recreate the precision of recorded tracks, coupled with the spontaneity and energy of a live performance. This album does this with aplomb, transporting the listener to the front row of a great experience”

Very nice indeed. Thank you!!! Read more.

The Longwalls’ “Live at The Bridge

The Longwalls - Live at The Bridge

We’re so very pleased to release the first Static Motor live album—The Longwalls Live at The Bridge—featuring 10 audio tracks and stellar black and white video. It was a special night for all who were there and we’ve worked to try and capture the spirit of that special night back in March when the snow was still stacked oh so high. We hope this release brings it all back a bit. Download the audio here on SMR (or Bandcamp or SoundCloud) and check out the live video on YouTube. Wow, what a year. And thanks as always for supporting local music. Enjoy!