Who are Long Island?
Long Island are an alt-pop London trio with influences ranging between The White Stripes, Bob Marley, The Clash, Kate Bush and Womack + Womack to name a few.
Their debut EP, Love Is A Different Pain, was recorded 2 months after they formed and veers between laid back funk, raw punk and modern folk sensibilities.
They are currently hard at work crafting their debut album and looking forward to playing as many gigs as possible just as soon as they are able.
The band was formed in September 2019 when Aaron Loughnane (Vocals, ukulele) and Lincoln Briggs (Baritone guitar, vocals) reconnected and challenged themselves to do something different.
Soon an advert was placed for a drummer and Tony Taylor (Drums, vocals) rocked up to complete the trio, immediately getting to work fusing their complementary styles to produce bona-fide London bred Alt-Pop in Aaron's dining room.
Their 5 track debut EP was recorded in a legendary South East London studio, once home to the Boomtown Rats, St Etienne and The Damned and it showcases tracks variously wrought from their shared love of 80s pop ballads (Complicated), soulful melancholia (Holy Water) and radio friendly folk pop (Misty Eyes).
The eponymous opening track (Love is a Different Pain) is a defiant challenge to redefine what is possible when ukulele, Baritone guitar and folding drum-kit collide and has to be heard to be believed. The third of the 5 songs (Different Reasons) starts like stripped back Frankie Goes to Hollywood and ends up with a huge crescendo finish taking a detour through an extended low key reggae groove.
The whole EP can be listened to right now on Spotify
What people say about us
'For a band so fresh off the mark, they are very good -we expect big things from these guys. Think Bombay Bicycle Club meets early Foals with a ukulele' - We Like Oliver
'Very classy alt pop. Yeah...different!' - Shoreditch radio
'Catchy and cleverly-written tunes with unique arrangements, blending a myriad of influences to create a truly stand-out performance' - Frosty, New Cross Inn