Longstay are a young band playing a lively mix of country rock and Americana music, based out of their home city of Perth (Scotland). 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 keys. Despite having this 7 year pedigree on the live circuit, the average age of the band is only 20!
Callum Campbell and Malcolm Swan, who front the band, have been playing music together for 8 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 Calling Me Home.
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 with gigs cancelled, the band’s income and ability to finish and promote the album was curtailed, so the decision was made to postpone the releases until 2021. However, they 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 their second album Quarantine Sessions – an entirely homegrown affair!
2021 is shaping up to be a good return to playing and recording for the band. They are back to writing new material and gigs are starting to slide back into the calendar, including several low key socially distant festivals and a support slot later in the year with Scottish rock royalty Big Country.
“Heading Back To Miss You” is the third release to come from Longstay’s 2020 studio archive following “Memphis” and the UKCountryRadio.com Song of the Year nominated “Better Lands”, released over a year ago. The band have dusted off the recordings and are back to work getting them release ready. “Heading Back To Miss You” is the first of these revitalised recordings reeling you back in with a gripping hook right from the start. The vocals are led by Malcolm Swan (lead guitar) as opposed to Callum Campbell, the more frequent lead singer, who takes the second verse. The second chorus opens up with a mirage of vocals and melodic guitar lines before coming to a close with the instrumental.