Instrumental music has become a pretty huge genre over the past couple of years with the advent of the bedroom studio. Amongst that wave have been quite a few really good bands; everybody seems to have a rotating list of about four or five favourites that see groups like Animals As Leaders, Scale The Summit, and Explosions In The Sky standing side by side and raffled off with incredible ease when asked about this type of music.
One of mine has always been Long Distance Calling, a group I got in to around the time of their Avoid The Light release because they had an amazing song on it that featured Jonas Renske of Katatonia fame. The group’s collection of material has all been instrumental, with the exception of one or two songs each disc featuring vocals. However, things have changed heavily in the band for their upcoming release The Flood Inside, which the group revealed via the above banner as coming out in March 2013. This time the band have added to their ranks an almost full time vocalist by the name of Martin Fischer, who they announced back in October. They’ve revealed that about 50% of The Flood Inside will feature vocals, which is a pretty percentage for this group.
Also pretty exciting is the news that there will be a couple of guest singers too. This is exciting because even though these guys may not be the most technically amazing they can write a goddamn great song, and the ones with vocals also tend to be really good. The guys have had the opportunity to work with Peter Dolving (ex-The Haunted), Jonas Renske (Katatonia), and John Bush (Anthrax, Armored Saint), and those songs have all turned out great. “Built Without Hands“, the Peter Dolving song, comes from 2007′s Satellite Bay and it is a slow crawler of a tune that also highlights Long Distance Calling’s ability to get moody as hell. The song that got me into the band, “The Nearing Grave” is such an amazing track. It’s atmospheric with guitar parts just echoing off of each other and climaxes in an emotional swell of keys with a very small bit of double bass drumming that highlights how intense that part is. “Middleville“, which features John Bush, is the most recent one, from the group’s self-titled, and that song is practically defined by its bass groove. It gets a little standard rock but within its eight minutes it covers an incredible amount of ground. Those three songs alone should be enough to get hyped about the group’s new record, and the addition of a vocalist for half of the songs is pretty goddamn exciting.
The group can also write some amazing instrumentals, which make up much of their material. They have a talent for just being able to write a song, in ways that very few bands can. Long Distance Calling have never been the most technically impressive, but they seem to have figured out the black magic involved in making each riff work for you. The group’s most recent album, a self-titled release, is probably one of their best alongside it’s predecessor Avoid The Light. The songs can be lengthy, but they are so easy to get lost in and just drift around each specific section. “Into The Black Wide Open“, from the latest record, was easily one of my favorites and is also a really great way to get into the band. The group did a video for it, which you can view below. If you want to hear more from the band the group’s bandpage has an excellent collection of five tracks over the group’s whole discography. The Jonas Renske one I mentioned is in there, but believe me, it is worth multiple listens.