Released: 11th June 2012
Label: Unknown Soldier Records
The Longsands is a five piece band from Newcastle in good ol’ not-so sunny England, and this is their debut album Meet Me In Spanish City. You may remember a little while back when I reviewed their single Shut Your Mouth and enjoying the hell out of it. Its catchy instrumentation mixed with a ballsy attitude in the vocal delivery and backed up with a big booming chorus made it become one of my favourite songs, and excited to check out the rest of the tracks on the new album.
As expected, Meet Me In Spanish is full of big choruses and catchy riffs. Every song comes with at least one memorable guitar riff and is complimented with the same energy and attitude that was present on Shut Your Mouth. The lyrics are also very personal, allowing the listener to be at ease with The Longsands, and this is turn makes the band seem relatable in a way.
While these accessible elements are present throughout, it’s surprising how many emotional, almost ballad-like tracks are on Meet Me In Spanish City. Fortunately these slower paced songs don’t kill the momentum the album gained from the faster tracks, and they all sound really well produced and crafted too. The vocal hooks throughout the album are also really strong, yet another positive trait about this album.
I said before in my review of Shut Your Mouth that The Longsands sounded like an experienced band, mostly in how well crafted the track was. This is certainly confirmed after listening to this album; everything sounds so well fitted together, and despite this being The Longsands first album, it sounds as if it could be their second or third. This makes me excited to hear more from these guys as Meet Me In Spanish City is a great listen. Check out the single Shut Your Mouth below and purchase a copy of Meet Me In Spanish City, out now via Unknown Solider Records.