As announced last night on Boston Emissions, our very own Longwalls have been selected as one of the 24 bands for the 2016 Rock & Roll Rumble! Quite the honor we’d say. Dates and times TBD but the initial round is the first week of April. Block those calendars, we’ll need your support! Now check out the poster and then head on over to Vanyaland to sample all the bands. Huzzah!
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!
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..
“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.
“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”
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!
Gatsby is the original Static Motor band, and precursor to The Longwalls. Released in May 2005 to significant pre-blog era praise, Floods + Fires was Gatsby’s only full-length (the band broke up shortly after its release). 10 years on, with the benefit of a little hindsight, there was a desire to approach the material with fresh, unencumbered ears. Featuring streamlined sequencing and two previously unreleased tracks, Floods + Fires [Turbo Edition] is a clangy wave a classic American indie rock; an album that captures the spirit of the early aughts Boston music scene like few others.
If you’re new to it, we encourage you to have a listen. If you’re a fan, please enjoy this fresh take on a humble classic. Enjoy!
Big thanks to our pal Derek at Visions of the Unexcused for premiering the first video from The Longwalls – Live at The Bridge. The Longwalls classic track Zombies! gets the acoustic treatment here complete with mandolin, washboard and even a little harmonica. Good times were had back in March when this was all shot during the release show for Gold Standard (there was lots of snow.. and lots of beer as Derek points out). 10 songs have been selected from the show and the full video (along with free audio download) will be ready in December. Stay tuned. Happy Halloween. And #stayinthehousecarl