Exclusive Spin: Long Knives — This is Your Life

Exclusive Spin / News / March 31, 2015

Count Your Lucky Stars is a label that could easily be pigeonholed into the “emo revival” subset, pushing out releases that are either crushed by their own emotional weight (remember, they’re the ones that originally released Foxing’s runaway smash The Albatross) or uplifted by a sunny buoyancy (the back-and-forth weightlessness of Football, etc. comes to mind).

Oakland, California’s Long Knives is the Michigan imprint’s latest signing, with their debut EP This is Your Life abusing the accelerator as they careen away from both of these CYLS trademarks. After their initial getaway, one could assume this band crashed at the intersection of co-ed pop-punk and bright, open indie-rock. Cuts like the slow-building “Home” rise out of the wreckage’s smoke, billows of soaring vocals spiraling out of equally heightened guitars. It’s interesting Long Knives chose to cap off their maiden joyride with “Bastante,” a snarling, high-energy track, which literally translates from Spanish to a defeated, English “enough.” On this first 7″, it’s easy to hear a promising future. It’s safe to say this opening blast isn’t enough for this Golden State four-piece. Let’s hope not, anyway.

This is Your Life will be released April 7th via Count Your Lucky Stars. The EP is available for pre-order on black or white with red splatter 7″ vinyl here.

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James Cassar
James Cassar is Modern Vinyl's Managing News Editor and a co-host of The Modern Vinyl Podcast. He is also an artist manager, co-owner of the record label Near Mint, and can be found in bed before 9 p.m. James lives in Philadelphia and no, he won't check out your band if you add him on Facebook.

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