The Long Haul
From: Southampton, UK
Lazy equation: (Converge + south coast smalltown hate) x five sets of middle fingers
Website: The Long Haul on Facebook
Thrash Hits verdict: Combining threatening but angular guitar work with some of the fiercest growls we’ve heard come out of a skinny feller, The Long Haul are the latest in a long line of Tangled Talk acts to earn a spot as one of our Future Hits, and further proof that the UK hardcore scene is in rude health. We caught up with Lewis Johns, guitarist with the five-piece.—–
Describe your sound in 3 words
Crush till death
How did you meet?
I knew Kyle [Palmer, guitar] from way back in school and had recorded Adam [Guest, bass] in his previous band. We met Curtis [Lightbown-Smith, Vocals] and Sam [Reilly, drums] after being pointed in their direction by a few friends and luckily they dug what we were doing.
What made you want to start a band?
I was in a band before and had been writing a bunch of these heavier songs that I wanted to get down. It started off as more of a thing on the side and slowly ended up taking over as our main focus.
Where did you grow up? How do you think it’s affected your music?
We all grew up along the south coast. The music scene down here is and has always been thriving with awesome local bands. That alone has definitely influenced me to write and play music non-stop. Sam pretty much lives in middle-earth and can’t do anything other than play his drums, so that speaks for itself.
So far, what has been the best thing about being in a band?
The money, the sex and the drugs obviously. Honestly though, we play music for ourselves first and foremost so as long as we’re playing music we love to write then anything else is just a bonus.
With which band would your dream support slot/tour be?
Everyone says it, but probably Converge. Kurt Ballou is a personal hero of mine. I love his writing and recording style. He’d probably get sick of me questioning him about guitars and gearsluttery though after a while.
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
Bastions, Kerouac, Pariso, The James Cleaver Quintet, Senator, Kasa, Burn The Fleet, Baptists, We Came Out Like Tigers, Goodtime Boys….there are so many good bands out there in the UK writing amazing music at the moment.
What marks you out as different to other bands around at the moment?
Adam’s quiff. I think the more progressive element. I like to push our abilities as much as possible without compromising the song itself. I get the impression some bands are just tech for the sake of it.
Watch The Long Haul tear it up live:
What’s the best show you’ve played?
Probably our last Bournemouth show we played. Loads of people singing back the words, buying tees and we played with a bunch of our good friends.
What have you got planned for your album/the future?
We’re releasing a split with Kerouac on Tangled Talk Records in February, and will be touring it around the same time. We’re also hoping to write and record a full-length at the studio I work from (The Ranch Production House) at the end of the year.
What other band should everyone find out about?
Tell us a joke.
The ending to Lost.
The Long Haul are set to release their split EP (with Kerouac) on February 21 through Tangled Talk Records. If you want to hear more of the band’s music before then, go check out the band’s official Facebook page, where you can hear more tracks by the band, as well as seeing what