Long Distant Calling are set to release their third full length album ‘Long Distant Calling’ through Superb all on 14th March 2011.
Formed in 2006, Long Distant Calling released a demo entitled “Dmnstrtn” in late 2006, with their official debut “Satellite Bay” surfacing in 2007 via Viva Hate Records. A split EP with the band Leech from Switzerland, entitled “090208”, was released in 2008, followed by a deal with SuperballMusic and the release of their second full length album, “Avoid The Light”, in April 2009. The Münster-Dortmund-Berlin-based German instrumental rock quintet have returned with their third instrumental record, unashamedly staying the course on a scene loaded with power metal, black metal and everything in between, where singers great and small hammer the bands’ messages home.
Rather than baffling the masses with a wall of odd time signatures and syncopated rhythm – the proclaimed formula so many bands use and abuse when claiming to be progressive – Long Distant Calling’s new outing serves up seven tracks written from a traditional song-oriented perspective in spite of the extended arrangements. This translates to instant appeal for fans of indie and prog rock as well as metal. “Our writing is very song orientated; the song itself is the most important thing. We’re mostly jamming when we write songs, trying to find a basic structure and then filling and building it up with sounds, melodies and atmospheres. On the new album we rediscovered the power of the riff. It’s the most diverse recording we’ve done so far.” That diversity comes from the individual members’ personal tastes and influences, citing acts like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Tool, A Perfect Circle and Alice In Chains as bands that have inspired the energy. “We don’t listen a lot to other instrumental bands and we don’t see Long Distant Calling as a ‘postrock’ band at all; it’s instrumental rock. Classic progressive bands such as Rush or Dream Theater haven’t been a really big influence, but it’s cool that some people hear them in our music anyway.” The suggestion that Long Distant Calling has effectively cut their potential audience in half by not having a singer is met with contempt by its members. “We didn’t plan to be an instrumental band, it just happened. At first we couldn’t find a singer who was good enough. Later on we realized that our songs worked pretty well without vocals. We prefer to allow the music to get our message across without any frontman bullshit. We enjoy creating a special atmosphere while rocking without the typical musical borders. The fact that we don’t have a singer has enabled us to play to completely different crowds of people, supporting bands like Opeth, Katatonia, Dredg, label mates And You Will Know Us By Trail Of Dead, Anathema, Coheed And Cambria, and Deftones.” A quality that is underlined by appearances on a broad variety of festivals such as Rock am Ring, Roadburn, Eurosonic Noorderslag, Area 4, Summer Breeze, Burg Herzberg or Wave Gotik Treffen.
Long Distance Calling will also be on a headlining UK tour during Feb/March 2011:
Thurs 24th Feb Joiners, Southampton Fri
25th Feb Buffalo Bar, Cardiff
Sat 26th Feb Rock City, Nottingham
Sun 27th Feb Moho, Manchester
Mon 28th Feb Academy, Sheffield
Tue 1st March Stereo, Glasgow
Wed 2nd March Academy, Newcastle
Thurs 3rd March Barfly, London