Sunday, November 13, 2011

Local Spotlight - The Long Time Darlings - November 2011 - Pittsburgh

For the month of November we are going to have 2 local spotlights due to vacation in December. Our first spotlight focuses on The Long Time Darlings, a self described straightforward rock n roll band. We asked them our normal aray of questions including how the band came together and how they feel about Pittsburgh. If you read their answers, they are pretty amusing. Be sure to take a listen to their album streaming throughout.  

 How did the band come together?

We all knew each other from prison. Had an outfit on the inside called “Jailbreak.” We toured all the stoney lonesome’s in the tri-state area on a work release program.

Sike! As awesome as that would be, we actually came together through a mixture of school and mutual friends. We all loved ass-kicking rock and roll and wanted to write and perform that kind of music.

How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you?

A description of our sound to someone who has never heard us would go a little something like this: ZZ Top, The Doors, and half of Black Sabbath all fell into a wood chipper, and shot out the musical goo that is The Long Time Darlings’ sound.

Are you all originally from the Pittsburgh area? Families here as well?

Sproul and Doug were born and raised in the Blawnox/Springdale/Fox Chapel area. Reid hails from Ligonier, and Brett is from San Francisco, Williamsport, Kansas, and Austin, but considers Pittsburgh home indefinitely. Everyone’s family is still around, with the exception of Brett, who’s family lives in Minneapolis, San Antonio, and Maryland. Seeing a trend here? Brett is a no-good transient vagabond.

Do you all create music full time or is this more of a part time venture?

We certainly create music full time, we’re always writing and throwing ideas around, demo-ing songs and re-structuring them and recording. But we don’t make a living off of music, not yet anyways, but we will eventually, otherwise we’ll all commit suicide.

Do you have day jobs?

Yes. Hence the suicide comment.

How do you create your music? What is the song writing process?

Sproul is the riff man, Brett is the lyric man, Doug and Reid are the structure men. On our new debut full-length record “Honey Tree Evil Eye” , our writing process really took form, Sproul would bring a nasty riff to practice, we’d cause some jammage with it, then Brett would go home to his lyric laboratory and Doug and Reid would drink a case of beer and listen to Dream Theater. Then we’d go back to practice and tuck in all the corners of the tune and high five the rock gods.

What are your goals for the band? What would you like to accomplish? Are you trying to get signed to a label?
Our goal for the band is to play exciting rock shows and release memorable, invigorating rock records . We wouldn’t say we’re actively trying to get signed, only because we’re still working on a fanbase and local radio/press, etc… although working with a label would be awesome because it gives bands a chance to have larger distribution and to tour with more support. We think the recording industry is in such a state that leads one to believe there are no rules anymore, get your music out there any way you can. Even if that means a free CD for every newborn and you charge the healthcare provider.

What advice would you give to local acts trying to make it?

In the words of Winston Churchill, “Never give in.”

Have you all toured nationally? Or do you usually stay more regionally?

We have toured the northeast as a band although individually we’ve toured all over the world.

Being in the Pgh area, do you find it more difficult to try and succeed?

Not at all, Pittsburgh has every opportunity any other city has for music and art in general.

What are some of the obstacles you face trying to create some 'success' in Pgh?

We think we face the same obstacles any other under-the-radar band faces around the world; trying to reach a broader audience with your music, break into press/radio, trying to book better shows, write better music and perform it better live. I don’t think Pittsburgh or any other big city has any advantage over the other, it’s all what you make of it. Just like in Fight Club when Tyler Durden says “You decide your own level of involvement.” There’s many successful acts that come out of Pittsburgh, so obviously it can be done.

What are the positive benefits of being in the area?

Pittsburgh has a thriving music and art scene that’s only getting stronger and it’s really exciting to be a part of it right now. There’s a ton of talent in this city and we’re looking forward to see what happens next.

Is there a venue you have enjoyed playing more than others in the area?

Our first gig was at 31st Street Pub and we packed the place so that will always have a feathered cap in our book, but as far as favorites go we’d have to say Lava Lounge.

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