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The Longcut formed in Manchester in 2002, while attending the University of Manchester. Originally a four-piece, their vocalist left soon after the band started and the remaining members intended to make purely instrumental music. In 2003 their experiments with cheap drum machines led to a new sound and their unusual stage setup. The band's original sound and energetic live performances brought them to the attention of the record industry in 2004, eventually signing to Liverpool's Deltasonic label. During 2004 the band also became friends with Manchester promoters Akoustik Anarkhy and indie/grunge band, Nine Black Alps. The two groups shared bills together at various house parties (one in Longsight was filmed for the video to Transition) organised by Akoustik Anarkhy and The Longcut, eventually touring together in early 2006.
The Longcut released their debut EP Transition in November 2004, followed by A Quiet Life in June 2005. Both EPs sold out and were well received by the music press. The band continued to tour throughout 2005, including appearances at SXSW, Glastonbury Festival and Fuji Rock Festival. Work on their debut album, A Call and Response, began in the summer of 2005. Production duties were handled by Jonny Dollar (who had previously worked on Massive Attack's Blue Lines) and was mixed by TV on the Radio's David Andrew Sitek. A mini-album (a compilation of their UK EP's) was released internationally in 2006.
A Call and Response was released on 12 June 2006, followed by Vitamin C as a lead promotional single. A Tried and Tested Method would soon follow, and continued to attract album sales, released on October 2. The single received more media coverage than any of their other releases to date, with the video being played frequently on a lot of the UK music channels. Since the release of A Call and Response the band have gone on to release The Airtight Sessions EP. The disc is a compilation of the band's previous work with new song Idiot Check making up the four-track listing. The EP can be bought at Apple Computer's iTunes Store, but for a limited time after release was free to download for all subscribers to the band's official site.
The next release by the band was a 7" single on the Melodic Records label, on 19 March 2007. Limited to 500 copies, the double A-side featured "Idiot Check" (recorded at the sessions for A Call And Response) and a cover of the Candi Staton rave track "You Got the Love".
This was followed by recording of their second album. Produced by Nine Black Alps guitarist David Jones, the album Open Hearts was released as a download on the Melodic Records website in June 2009. It was due for physical release in October.
Singles and EPs
- November 2004 - Transition - Limited edition EP, not chart eligible.
- April 2005 - A Quiet Life - Limited edition EP, not chart eligible.
- November 2005 - The Longcut - 5 track Japanese EP.
- Various release dates, 2006 - The Longcut - 6 track international mini-album.
- July 2006 - "Vitamin C" - Download & 12" Vinyl single.
- August 2006 - Airtight / Idiot Check EP - 4 track download only live EP.
- October 2006 - "A Tried & Tested Method" - Download, CD & coloured vinyl single.
- March 2007 - "Idiot Check" / "You Got The Love" - Limited 7" and download.