THE Longsands’ latest single, a double-A side, is out this week this week and, topically enough, given the recent riots up and down the country, one of its two tracks is about gang culture.
The single, Streets and Pavements and Let Love Rain on You, is available to download now from iTunes, Amazon and 7Digital.com.
CD versions can also be bought at HMV’s stores in Newcastle, Silverlink at North Shields and the Gateshead MetroCentre.
Band member Ian Barnes said: “Streets and Pavements is uncannily appropriate to the rioting we have seen across the UK recently.
“Written over a year ago, it explores gang culture and violence in Britain’s towns and cities, specifically looking at knife crime and its association with young people.
“Let Love Rain on You has very dark verses that speak of the trauma and the problems of life today.
“However, as the huge chorus kicks in, it releases a feeling and message that is powerful and strong.”
The release of their new single marks the latest chapter in a year for the Cramlington indie band leading up to the release of their debut album, Meet Me in Spanish City, this autumn.
June saw the Longsands release Little Britain, the first single from their upcoming album.
Thanks to a video featuring cult entertainer Howard Marks, the track hit number five in HMV store charts throughout the UK and is still selling well to date.
The last year has seen the band, formed in 2005, supporting Bruce Foxton’s From The Jam and sharing the stage at festivals around the UK with the likes of the Cribs, the Charlatans, Badly Drawn Boy and the Buzzcocks.
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