Monday, May 01, 2006

Start The Car, The Ice Has Come



Last year's Ultimatum EP was an enticing set-up for The Long Winters' very much anticipated upcoming '06 full-length Putting The Days To Bed. Not only are The Long Winters very snappy dressers, but they're even better at making songs. I use such a broad term because this band's strength lies in their ability to jump from the catchy and poppy to something warm and lush not only from song to song, but from verse to chorus.

The new album starts off right where the Ultimatum EP left off, even grabbing up the title track "Ultimatum" and tacking it on for that extra kick at the end. Unfortunately, most of my favorite moments occur early on in the album with the one-two pop punch of openers "Pushover" and "Fire Island, AK" setting the pace for ultimately fulfilling album for a band that's clearly figured out how to create an album that, despite its wide range of sounds and influences still manages to to perform as a single cohesive entity. Here's the second half of that one-two pop punch from Putting The Days To Bed, "Fire Island, AK."

*EDIT* "Fire Island, AK" is now replaced with "Pushover" *EDIT*

[MP3]: The Long Winters :: Pushover
Winters' songwriter John Roderick has undoubtedly written one of the catchiest pop songs I've heard all year, what with it's Strokes-esque guitar and catchy choruses. With a title like that, I figured it's gotta have some story behind it, so I checked it out. Apparently, Fire Island is a 4,000-acre island in Alaska which also happens to be a federally protected bird sanctuary. There is currentlythere is a debate on whether or not to place power-generating windmills on Fire Island (Thanks Wikipedia!). Unfortunately, unless I'm missing something, the song doesn't seem to have any kind of reference to the actual Fire Island, besides it being the title. Hmm, well, at least "...and I don't have to wonder" will be stuck in your head for weeks, so more power to them.

Putting The Days To Bed is out on July on Barsuk Records. Join their mailing list here to be the first to know when you can preorder this puppy.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Liesbeth said...

wow, that is kind of an old photo, not all of these band members are part of the band anymore. Although John Roderick still dresses sharp:
check out the cape

I'm just nitpicking of course, what else can one do when having to wait 2 more months until this beauty is released?

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Blogger Matt said...

yeah i noticed it was an old photo, but i really liked the solid red background :)

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