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Interview – The Long Islands

Imagine if Foals, The xx and The Cure had a strange love-child. Indie rock with a twinge of 80s pop-guitar work, jazz influenced bass and rock-orientated drums.”

Band members:

Daniel Lyons, lead guitarist and vocalist; Matthew Kempa, Drums and backing vocalist and Rhys Thomas, bass, synth, backing vocalist and occasional second guitarist comprise the three members of the band.


The Long Islands are a three-piece alternative band, which formed in 2015 upon meeting as first years at The University of Nottingham. Despite hailing from various corners of the U.K and having been involved in very different musical outfits beforehand, they have formed a distinctive sound which blends their infatuation with 80s pop and alternative genres.

In 2017, their first record, After Hours, named as a testament to how they would meet up in the evenings in order to escape from studies to practice, was released with positive reviews and featured on BBC Introducing in Nottingham. It was recorded in Horley, Surrey over the course of six days with help from Andrew Cheeseman, a student and friend at BIMM Brighton.

The Long Islands are now steadily building a profile through their energetic and uniquely composed live sets, whilst working on future material.

Working On:

“Currently our main focus is producing more music and and getting as much exposure through gigs! We hope to record some more material in the coming months and release it over summer, hopefully debuting some tracks at some festivals!”

Where to see The Long Islands live:

15th March at Rough Trade, Nottingham for Sounds Against Slavery…
22nd March at Tap ‘n’ Tumbler, Nottingham supporting The Yoyo Effect…
And more to come!

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