The instrumentation and chemistry between Martz, guitarist J.P. Mulley, drummer Greg Elliot, and bassist Jeff Edmunds is raw and rich, from the radio-ready pep of “Better Now” to the post-hardcore crescendos of “Casual Transmission.” The title track slinks along with a psychedelic menace.
The Long Afternoon deliver great melodies and often thought-provoking lyrics. Sounding like a mellower version of early Husker Du, both albums take you on a journey – what kind of journey is up to you. They’re not out to gain popular acclaim, but in trying to avoid it, they’re bound to find that they’ve endeared themselves to many fans of thoughtful, well played music.
“That’s Not What You Said” and “On the Plane” offer glimmers of hope.