Longstay are a young band playing a lively mix of country rock and Americana music, based out of their home city of Perth. Originally formed as a trio in 2014, they quickly became regulars on the local music scene, and have grown to a 5 piece full country sound with the addition of drums, bass and piano. Despite having this 6 year pedigree on the live circuit, the average age of the band is still only 19!
Callum Campbell and Malcolm Swan, who front the band, have been playing music together for four years, and this shines through in their live performances where their interaction and ease is evident on stage. Their musical influences range from Creedence Clearwater through Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson, right up to current day artists such as Jason Isbell
, Brothers Osborne and Chris Stapleton
. This heady mix is apparent in their own songs which formed the core of their debut album.
Perth is the heart of country music in Scotland, due in the main to the efforts of John and Barclay Thompson of Gold Rush Records who, forty years ago, started bringing Americana acts like Townes Van Zandt
, Mickey Newbury & Steve Young over to play in local venues. The influence this had on the young musicians of the time perpetuated the interest in the genre and led to the thriving scene that exists in Perth with bands like Red Pine Timber Company
and The New Madrids
currently flying the flag for country music, and festivals like Southern Fried
going from strength to strength.
The debut album
from the boys was released in August 2018 to critical acclaim, with 5 star reviews and radio play across independents, local stations and the BBC. 2019 saw them spreading their wings and performing across Scotland with a few gigs south of the border, writing new songs, performing and honing their skills.
2020 looked to be a promising year for the band, starting with studio time in January to lay down the next album to be released in the summer. Live gigs were on the up too, with bookings to play at C2C
in Glasgow, several festival dates including the Tartan Heart festival
, and a tour to the South of England and London to coincide with the release of the album. However COVID-19 had other plans for the band, and the music industry.
With gigs cancelled, the band's income and ability to promote the album was curtailed, so the decision was made to postpone the album release until 2021. However, the boys still got together online and did some virtual gigs for their fans, playing a mixture of covers and their own songs. After multiple requests to release the tracks, and without access to a studio, they recorded their parts individually in their homes and these were mixed and released under the album "Quarantine Sessions
" - an entirely homegrown affair!
Hopefully 2021 will be what 2020 should have been and the boys can get back on the road to success.