The free-improv tendencies of drummer Andrew Cheetham and the twin-guitar effect of Gavin Clarke weaving intricately over Tom Long’s, while Rich Clarke’s driven bass playing gives the songs energy and immediacy. All play out perfectly with Tom Long’s chilled vocal delivery.
Meander Lines is full of strong, catchy songs that have a tendency to stick in your head. Delivered in a remarkably gentle, less frantic but still very powerful sound. Think Dinosaur Jr, Neil Young, Television and The Dream Syndicate.
Since recording their debut album, Innocence Man, singer/guitarist Tom Long spent 2 years on the road as multi-instrumentalist with LoneLady, promoting her second album for Warp, while drummer Andrew Cheetham has been in high demand, touring with Kiran Leonard, Jane Weaver and a host of improv projects. In this interim the band shared ‘How You Spend Yr Time’ online and it was quickly picked by Huw Stephens at BBC Radio 1, yet initial sessions for the follow up were abandoned. After an intense period of writing, re-writing and whittling down a huge batch of material, the band regrouped last year for 2 days of live recording at Eve Studios, Stockport with producer Karl Sveinsson (Gnod/Vanishing) and finished the record at Queen’s Ark in Manchester’s Levenshulme district.
The title sheds light on a difficult process, as Long reflects: ‘it’s an architectural term, when city planners design paths for people to walk, meander lines are the routes they often end up taking instead – shortcuts, cutting across spaces etc. These songs had a long gestation, which became this heavy transition period for me personally and for the band as well, and this seemed to be the perfect metaphor: the strands in your life and in your head that are constantly at work; they get tangled, they unravel, they break in unexpected ways. It also fits the arc of most of our songs, they tend to be heading in a certain direction… then they veer off’.
See Easter Live:
The Victoria, Dalston in London on Thursday 19 April
The Peer Hat in Manchester on Friday 18 May
Easter release ‘Meander Lines’ on 30 March 2018 on Super Smash Hit Records.