The Long Blondes

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s

Biography

UK indie rock band formed in 2003 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, by Kate Jackson (1976, England; vocals), Dorian Cox (guitar, keyboards), Reenie Hollis (bass, vocals), Emma Chaplin (guitar, keyboards, vocals) and Screech Louder (drums). Drawing equally from 60s pop and later new wave band such as Blondie, the quintet made an immediate impact with a series of declamatory live shows. Their avowed disinterest in the established rock canon, combined with the studied disinterest of lead singer Jackson and Cox’s chiming guitar work, caused some excitable critics to hail the Long Blondes as one of the year’s most significant new bands.

They made their recording debut in summer 2004 with the thrilling ‘Autonomy Boy’ on the Angular Recording Corporation compilation Rip Off Your Labels. The track was subsequently re-released on a split 7-inch single with the Boyfriends. Another independent release, ‘New Idols’, followed on the...

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