The long way round: Come On Live Long on Spotify and being taken seriously
With the release of their debut album, ‘Everything Fall’, Come On Live Long are ready for anything that comes their way
There’s a long, proud tradition of bands getting it together in the country. The rural idyll, the pastoral setting and the general isolation are thought to aid the creative process – or, at least, ensure the band have nothing else to do other than write some songs.
In the case of Come On Live Long, a weekend in a quiet house in the middle of Co Roscommon turned out to be a productive starting-point for the band two and half years ago. The five of them didn’t really know each other all that well at that point, but they came back from the northwest with some winning songs and a modest sense of invincibility.
It even led to their first decent pay-day, band member Steve Battle recalls. “We started off really quickly. At the end of the weekend, we had recorded two tracks, Animal and Waiting, and they were picked up really fast. Waiting was used in Oakley sunglasses’ Tour de France advert.
“We got shag all for that, though. You’re young and naive when the band starts and you take whatever is thrown at you, which was enough to fund another few days’ recording.”
Perhaps more important than the cash from the sunglasses salesmen was the sense of camaraderie which came from that weekend. It was also a time for the band members to check out each other’s musical bona-fides.
“It was a big mixed bag,” says Battle of the music each member brought to the weekend. “A lot of us listened to the same electronic music, people like Bibio and Baths. There was also a lot of the 4AD stuff from Efterklang and the old reliables like John Martyn, 60s folk, 70s folk. We had known each other in some capacity before but not as a group, so we probably gelled over the weekend as we shared music and ideas.”
A couple of years on, Come On Live Long’s music and ideas have sprouted and yielded a great debut album. Everything Fall is a beauty, an album full of immensely satisfying songs, each richly detailed and embroidered. You can hear some of those influences from the early days, but you can also hear a band working on their own blueprints far from the sound of the crowd.
Battle says that some material was shelved because they had a certain notion in mind for the album. “There were four other songs which are more upbeat and summer-tinted, happy songs which didn’t fit the album as a whole. They might see the light of day in some capacity in the next few months or we might rework it. That happens a lot, we might move a song from major to minor to change it up.”
Like most bands, Come On Live Long are still believers in the album as the best means to show off their work. “We had thought about just releasing EPs, but there’s this benchmark, especially in Ireland, where bands don’t get this recognition until you have an album. People seem to only take you seriously then. I suppose we all feel we wanted to do an album from growing up as music fans obsessing about music and liner notes and credits and what goes into an album. The time felt right.”