Static Motor Recordings

Careers in Science

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The Longwalls

Release Date:
03-01-2011
Catalog #:
SMR012

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Kurt von Stetten's L.A.R.P (from 2011's Cyclops), as well as Sargasso in Space and Where Things Go to Fade by The Longwalls (from 2011's Careers in Science) are all being featured this month on a certain MTV reality show... that will remain nameless. More info here.More News >

The pure sound of these songs provide such visceral pleasure that between being swept along into the reflecting tide pool of tracks like “Sargasso in Space,’’ or being struck by the stately, Sheila Divine-esque “King of Country,’’ parsing any over-arching narrative or grand theme seems beside the point.
Boston Globe

A start-to-finish power-pop gem with equal amounts jangle and twang.
Beat The Indie Drum

With a burst of clash-like rhythms mixed with an Elvis Costello, jangling guitar, The Longwalls lay down an epic sound on Careers in Science as it slips and slides its way into an anthem of sorts for the post-punk, neo-new wave rockers.
Culture Bomb

There’s an awful lot to like in these pleasurably jangly songs. Mostly this is a fun romp. “Sex and Work” is not only ingenious, but infectiously catchy. And tunes like “Sargasso in Space” and “UFO” are practically anthemic. Actually, even songs like the countryish “Homecoming” and the light-hearted “In the Cooler” (dig that middle-eight!) might well have the sort of staying power denied to more ponderous, self-serious local entries, in just the same way that currently I would rather listen to airy L.A. pop like the Turtles than to the querulous and far doomier Doors, or to the Rezillos and the Revillos than to, say, Public Image Limited. Highly recommended.
The Noise (scroll)

Modern Springsteen, but with a indie touch
Oh So Fresh! Music

Rock spunk and Americana bells and whistles (quite literally).
Ride the Tempo

These Boston fellas sure know how to make some fine music for our ears.
Dysonsound

A leap forward.
— Americana Rock Mix

The Longwalls are serious about their science. “Careers” is their pulpy run at sci-fi triumph and failure—equal parts spaghetti western and 1950s futurism, pedal steel and 8-bit keyboard, failed missions in space, dystopian states of the body and mind, and phantom extra terrestrials that we may or may not have seen. It’s cold and dangerous in space; Careers in Science is the cosmonaut’s companion in the dark void between the stars. One of science fiction’s greatest attributes is its ability to present incredibly relatable, even classic themes through a modern prism, and it’s the perfect vehicle for The Longwalls this time around. Family failure and feelings of inadequacy are way more fun if they happen in space! Still rooted in their own brand of Americana and post-pop, The Longwalls stretch their legs in the studio, head in new textural directions, and collaborate in songwriting like never before.

Tracks

  1. Careers in Science
  2. Where Things Go to Fade
  3. In the Cooler
  4. Sargasso in Space
  5. Homecoming
  6. Sex and Work
  7. King of Country
  8. UFO

Credits

Alan Wuorinen – vocals, acoustic guitar, pedal steel, backing vocals, lonesome whistle
Kurt von Stetten – drums, cello, hand percussion, “Cooler” space guitar & “Eno” keys, backing vocals
Dan London – bass, backing vocals (lead on “Sex and Work”)
Brandon Comstock – electric guitar, electric piano / 8-bit emulators, backing vocals (lead on “Fade” and “UFO”)

Songs by Alan (BMI); “Fade” and “UFO” by Brandon (BMI); “Sex and Work” by Dan.
Music by The Longwalls. Trumpet on “Careers” by Damian David.
Produced The Longwalls with Mike Quinn
Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Mike Quinn (Moontower) at Q Division Studios
Design by Alex Budnitz

 

A start-to-finish power-pop gem.

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