By Lucky Clark
Posted April 18, 2009
Long: Yeah, it’s having listened all those years to American music — rock ’n’ roll and blues. I think that so many English singers are brought up with listening to B.B. King and Freddie King and then rock ’n’ roll and you want to sound like that — you try to recreate that. But in England I think people generally sound more American when they sing because … if you were to sing in an English accent it would sound kind of weird — it’s a bit straight-laced, I think — ya know?
Q: I think I do, yeah. I understand from your publicist you are working on your next album — is that correct?
Long: Yeah, yeah. I haven’t started on the recording but I’ve got most of the songs written so I’m really, really excited about it. I’ve been doing a few shows a month for the last three months trying out the songs and it’s all coming together very, very well.
Q: So you play them out before you record them.
Long: Yeah, definitely … but you don’t want to over play them because by the time you come to record them you’ve lost whatever it was that excited you. Sometimes having kind of a childish view of the song is really good because you can go into the studio and you can instinctively do something and it’s great — it’s all about the song. But with some songs you have to play them out — you mind of have to take them on a trip — wine ’em and dine ’em before you record them — because they’re not quite there yet. So playing them about 20 times in the right setting really kind of helps.
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