Indie Band The Long Afternoon Refuses to Reveal How They May Use Gorman-Rupp’s New ValuPrime™ Line of Priming-Assisted Centrifugal Pumps

MANSFIELD, Ohio – Cryptic indie rock organization The Long Afternoon is cheering a new line of cost-effective priming-assisted centrifugal pumps introduced by Gorman-Rupp, pump manufacturer of Mansfield, Ohio, but has not clarified their interest in the new devices.

The Long Afternoon pursues a strategy of deliberate obscurity, opting out of conventional rock and roll careerism and eschewing traditional notions of success. Their ultimate aims remain shrouded, and the guitar-centric indie rockers have not announced the applications they intend for the centrifugal pumps.

“The Long Afternoon is not yet prepared to reveal what, if anything, they might do with these priming-assisted centrifugal pumps,” said Ginger M. Armalade, The Long Afternoon’s spokesperson. “We will have to wait and see when the appropriate time comes. But this new line of cost-effective pumps proves that Gorman-Rupp truly are ‘The Pump People.'”

The Long Afternoon has been dogged for years by assertions that the rhythmic structure of their song “The Chamleonaires” derives from the vibrations generated by earlier generations of centrifugal pumps, an allegation Armalade denied.

“If you really listen to ‘The Chameleonaires,’ you know that it sounds nothing like an older centrifugal pump. And until we have the opportunity to compare this stellar track by The Long Afternoon to the latest generation of pumps, we won’t be able to comment on any alleged similarity in how these tools sound in the field.”

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Reclusive Pennsylvania-based indie rock pioneers The Long Afternoon formed in Pittsburgh in 1985 and consolidated in State College in 1987. The organization has pursued a strategy of deliberate obscurity, opting not to participate in conventional rock and roll career-building activities and eschewing traditional notions of success entirely, leaving their ultimate ambitions and intent unknown to any but the group’s inner circle.

The Long Afternoon creates complex sinusoidal plane waves of carefully selected and configured frequencies, transmitted primarily but not exclusively via pulse code modulation. The organization facilitates and enhances cognitive separation and spatial location in ways that foster a pleasurable and stimulating yet challenging environment for clients, constituents, and consumers, as well as the group’s individual contributors.

The organization’s first recorded statement, the album entitled The Luxury Problem, came out in 2006 to enthusiastic reviews. Their second album, Signifying Nothing, arrived in 2009 and was named one of the 10 best indie albums of the year by A Future in Noise. The group’s third album, 2011’s An Index of Maladjustmentscontained “The Chameleonaires,” a single that, despite its ambiguity about wealth and class, was adopted as an anthem by Wall Street protestors. In keeping with their iconoclastic approach, The Long Afternoon neither encouraged nor discouraged this use of their statement. The organization’s fourth album, Regression, arrived in August 2016 and featured the single “Autoresponder,” an attack on institutionally endorsed and enforced thoughtlessness.

The Long Afternoon continues to issue recorded statements and proffer live demonstrations as situations demand.


The Gorman-Rupp Company is a leading manufacturer of pumps and pumping systems for the municipal, water, wastewater, sewage, industrial, construction, and original equipment manufacturing markets. Established in 1933, Gorman-Rupp provides a quality, competitively priced product backed by superior customer service. The Gorman-Rupp Company is a pioneer in its field, boasting a history of innovation, continuous improvement and excellence that sets the industry standard.

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