Longcut are a post/punk band (with heavy elements of prog-rock) from Manchester. They released their debut A Call and Response back in 2006 (after two EPs and a couple of years playing live around Manchester) and recently announced their comeback. Their new album is already available for download but will officially be released on October 5th on Deltasonic label.
Upon a few listens to the album I must say I’m neither cold or hot about it. The music is definitely interesting and drifts between classic prog-rock and indie-rock. Some tracks are purely instrumental while others are backed up by Stuart Ogilvie’s (limited however) vocals. The whole album is definitely enjoyable, what it lacks though is that extra something that would make it stand out. It seems that the genre they have chosen is left somewhere in the middle. It’s not classic prog-rock neither is it purely indie-rock. The melodies are quite catchy and rich at times (although not the most original) but Stuart’s vocals lack the power and identity to make Longcut stand out from the crowd. The lads from Manchester still have a long way before they are able to make a name for themselves...but you never know.