Heavy psych-rockers Longheads have released their brand new single ‘Longherder’, which is the first taste of new music from their forthcoming EP Mars Doesn’t Feel Like Home Anymore and is coming out November 2nd via Longreel records (pre-order here).
The track is a lysergic slice of King Gizzard infused groove with Sabbath-esque power drifting between sanguine moments reminiscent of The Doors and expansive guitar solos of Hendrix.
A bold statement of intent, ‘Longherder’ clocks in at nearly nine minutes long but the South London audio astronauts make the magnitude of the journey a wild ride and worth every moment with it being one of the staples of their live show.
Lead singer and bassist Sam Mitchell says, “’Longherder’ and the rest of the EP is based off one narrative from a short story I wrote in lockdown. The lyrics and music for the track were intended to be repetitive, to the point, always returning back to the main riff which is the focal point of the song to represent the hope and fight the main character needs to inherit.
The story it’s taken from follows a hermit creature and his sheltered existence within a spiritual wilderness. For the most part the hermits approach to life is naive, stuck in the ways that feels comfortable until the solar flares from the black sun start happening again, a catalyst for what’s to come.”
The track is the first to be taken from the band’s new EP which follows the release of 2021’s debut EP Higher Than Bacteria. The new EP has seen the band take a much looser approach when it came to both writing and recording, incorporating improvised jam sections and capturing the band’s incredible live energy to the songs on record.
“When gigs started happening again last year we found ourselves in a position where we needed to write songs to fill up the space in our set. Because of this we started playing the new songs live as soon as they were finished and we continued to change and refine them based on how they went down.” Comments guitarist Al Bishop
Originally hailing from Norfolk the band who are completed by Nick Oakes (drums), Benjamin Reeve (guitar & vocals) and Mitchell Corrigan (synths) are now based in South London where a few of the members live in the Guardianship scheme occupying various sites and spaces across London. This is where they recorded the EP at their very own ‘Longreel Studios’ in October last year, which was a space the boys had set up in an old theatre opposite the oval cricket ground.
Here the space of their surroundings allowed them to dive deep in writing with no limits and a week after they had finished all the live tracks they were handed their one month notice and had to dismantle the studio.
You can watch a session recorded live at the Longreel Studio here, which will give you a taste of what’s come as they will be playing a special headline show on August 25th at Bermondsey Social Club. Tickets are available here.