Songwriter Emily Long fronts a brutal and sexy rock 'n' roll band. Upon first listen, you might hear influences like Ronnie Spector and Freddie Mercury in Emily's voice, but the band nods to a more modern T.Rex or heavier Cars. Centered around Emily’s towering vocals, the lineup also includes finger-bleeding melody chemist Daniel Ryan Espy, as well as the clean and calculated Nik Lokenssgaard on guitars. The band’s rhythm section is composed of amp-kicking bassist Bret Ritter and the hard-hitting showman Zach Jones on drums.
Emily earned underground success with her debut LP, "When I Was In Love With". After a string of SXSW appearances, placements on The WB's "The Lake" and "Sorority Forever", as well as on the Universal Records compilation "Bad Girls Don't Cry" (alongside Amy Winehouse and Duffy), Emily and her band retreated to Applehead Recording Studio in Woodstock, NY to record their follow-up, "Dirty Face". "This work is different from the first in so many ways", notes Long. "After we released the last album and Zach joined the band, it breathed new life into all of us. We knew we wanted to approach this recording differently."
As a result, the band simplified arrangements and kept only the best songs around to see the light of day. After striking the interest of Coheed and Cambria producer Chris Bittner at a show, the band called upon him to deliver a competitively-spirited sound that would be new to the ears of music fans. "I knew I wanted a record that would rock mean and still be emotional. I knew Chris could do it," says Long.
The result is a sexually-charged set of lyrically-driven, dynamic rock 'n' roll songs. The title track "Dirty Face" is about a one-night conquest written from the female perspective. "All the Way" (co-written with Daniel Ryan Espy) compares marriage to a murder/suicide. The album also includes "Good Hurt", which Long wrote as a comforting lullaby to soothe the ache of trying at love and failing.
"Lyrics have always been important to me," explains Long. "I believe they deserve as much attention as music or arrangements. These songs are about what's going on around me, but I take those experiences into a fantasy world where I explore what could happen next. I've seen things in New York I never thought I would. There is no shortage of inspiration."
Emily Long and her band's appearance on Bettertv.com
, and the stellar reviews which called her vocals "big and dramatic" in The Nashville Scene, seem to be just a taste of what is to come as they prepare to support the record with a string of national tour dates. "Dirty Face" represents a new height for the burgeoning group, and Emily's best writing to date.
released February 1, 2011
Produced and Engineered by Chris Bittner at Applehead Studio Woodstock, NY
Assistant Engineer Jared Colby
Mixed at Applehead Studio by Michael Birnbaum and Chris Bittner
Additional Tracking at Water Music Hoboken, NJ and Nik's Closet
Mastered at Sterling Sound by Chris Athens
Special Appearances by Adam Widoff -keys and Dan Maher-vocals
Cover Drawing by Sophie C'est La Vie
Graphic Design Amanda Tafuro
(c)emily long 2011