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Fast Five: Longfellow



How did you meet and what’s the story behind your band name?

We all came together through several years of musical adventuring all over the UK. James and myself have played together since we were at primary school and Tom and Ali have had a very similar friendship. I met Ali and Isaac amidst the obscurity of University life in London and the band fell together quite naturally from there. ‘Longfellow’ was the name my mother used to call me as a child, it came from my height and early interest in writing. Something about it seemed to suit the band’s sound, so we adopted it. It’s served us well so far!

How would you describe your music?

Anthemic Indie Rock – For me there’s no better feeling than hearing lyrics and melodies I’ve written being sung back at me.

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

For a debut single, Gabrielle has given us everything we could have hoped for. Over the last month we’ve started working with some wonderfully talented and supportive people so fingers crossed 2013 will bring a lot more songs, shows and releases.

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

I’d say Joni Mitchell but I don’t think I could forgive myself for tarnishing her voice.

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

Nick Drake – Pink Moon. There’s something eerily enticing about the emotional complexity of these songs that I never grow tired of. Nick’s lyrics read like poetry and have a rare insightfulness that’s echoed by the vulnerability of his vocal.