The Long Afternoon to Play Rock and Roll Dance Party on June 29 at Webster’s in State College, Pa.
June 3, 2019
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Independent rock music organization The Long Afternoon will deliver a rare public performance at Webster’s Bookstore and Cafe in State College, Pennsylvania, on June 29 at 7:00 p.m., part of the venue’s ongoing Dance Party series.
Webster’s is a community-focused cafe/bookstore/record shop located in downtown State College.
The Long Afternoon is a coalition of four musicians inspired equally by the psychedelic garage rock of the 1960s and the post-punk and alt-rock music of the 1980s. Their performance at Webster’s is rumored to be doubly rare in that the group, which seldom plays songs by other artists, plans to play primarily covers.
“For this performance, The Long Afternoon will be playing about three covers for every song from one of their own albums,” confirmed the band’s spokesperson, Ginger Marmalade. “Some covers will be very straightforward, but there will also be a few unorthodox approaches, and some deep cuts from artists the group admires.”
The band is not saying in advance what songs it will play at the event, but they have indicated they will be joined by special guests for some songs, which suggests they may revisit some material they have played publicly before. The group was last seen onstage at the State Theatre in February 2019, at the “Rock the 80s” fundraiser for the Bob Perks Cancer Fund. At that performance, augmented by two guest vocalists, the band rocked the sold-out house with inspired versions of songs by the B-52’s.
The band’s only officially released cover is a radical reinterpretation of Al Stewart’s 1976 hit “The Year of the Cat,” from its most recent album, Regression. Compared to the folk-inflected, densely orchestrated original version, The Long Afternoon’s reinvention is spare and spectral, closer in spirit to Bauhaus or Joy Division.
Some, though not all, of the songs The Long Afternoon will play at Webster’s are likely to have undergone similar metamorphoses.
Fans of the band’s albums also can expect to hear highlights from their albums, including songs familiar to listeners of local radio station the FREQ, such as “The Chameleonaires,” “Elinor Murphy,” “Better Now,” and “Well I Wish You Would.” Interested parties are encouraged to check out the FREQ at https://onlinefreq.com/.
The Long Afternoon consists of bassist Jeff Edmunds, drummer Greg Elliott, and guitarists Eston Martz and Jean-Pierre Mulley. All four members sing.
ABOUT THE LONG AFTERNOON
Reclusive Pennsylvania-based indie rock pioneers The Long Afternoon formed in Pittsburgh in 1985 and consolidated in State College in 1987. The organization has largely eschewed conventional rock and roll career-building activities and rejects traditional notions of success entirely, leaving their ultimate ambitions and intent unknown to any but the group’s inner circle.
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 Maladjustments, contained “The Chameleonaires,” which was adopted as an anthem by Occupy Wall Street protestors, a development The Long Afternoon neither encouraged nor discouraged. 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 require. Their activities can be explored and they can be contacted at www.thelongafternoon.com.