Monday, February 18, 2019

Band of the Week: The Longest Hall

Posted By on Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 9:00 AM

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Welcome to Orlando Weekly's "Band of the Week." Every week, we highlight one of our favorite local bands. This week, we're pleased to bring you The Longest Hall.

The Longest Hall is playing the Falcon on Feb. 22.

Just the facts:

When did the band form?
We are brothers, and have been playing music together since we were kids, but this band formed in 2017 after Zac moved to Central FL.

Who's in the band?
Zac, eldest, handles the majority of lead vocals and covers guitar duties (with an occasional pennywhistle solo on the side). Adam is all over backing vocals and holds down the low end on bass guitar. Littlest bro Dan "Beats McDaniels" Hall, covers both lead and backing vocals, and brings new meaning to the phrase "beating the drums."



Currently available releases:
We currently have a full-length, 13-track album titled Don't Panic! that we recorded with The Dude in Black himself; the best guy to record-gia in south central Georgia, the inimitable, Lee Dyess (Earthsound Studios). Listen to it on our website (thelongesthall.com), all streaming platforms, and our Bandcamp (thelongesthall.bandcamp.com) We also have a video for the album's opening track, "Modern Monarchs," available on our YouTube channel.

Websites:
The best place to find our music and stay up to date with us is our website, TheLongestHall.com but you can also follow us @thelongesthall on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Describe your sound in five words:
Cruelty-Free/Free-Range, Non-stop, In-your-face, Melodic, Punk-Rock-Metalcore

Five questions:

What has been your most memorable show so far?
We've had quite a few stand-out shows in the last couple years, but one in particular comes to mind. We recently played our first out of state show in Charlotte, NC at Snug Harbor with local heroes Aloha Broha, and it was an awesome experience. Our life long friend Mike (Luminous Photography) who shot and directed our video lives right outside the city and he put us up for the weekend, showed us all the hip local digs and made us feel like true Charlottonians. And as fate would have it, we booked that date, unbeknownst to one another, with our buddies in Never Ender (Melbourne, FL). Certainly a memorable night.

Which local band is your favorite one to play a show with?
It's definitely a toss-up between Dial Drive and The ProblemAddictsfl. All of those guys are great, and Jake from Dial Drive and Billy from the ProblemAddictsfl run Havoc Underground; an independent booking company working to ensure Orlando continues to have the amazing scene that it does. Not to mention, we're genuine fans of their music.

What description gets used for your band that you would most
like to correct people on? Why?
We cross into a lot of genres, so we haven't really heard many descriptions so far that didn't suit us in at least some way. That said, genre lines are always a divisive subject. We have some metal influences, some punk and ska influences, some progressive influences, and they all come together. For example, if you saw us described as a metal band, then heard our rendition of Sam Hall (an Irish folk song) you would think, "this isn't metal!" and you'd be right. We jump all over the place genre-wise, but blend it together into one cohesive sound, or so we'd like to think.

What’s your favorite thing about being an Orlando band? What's your least favorite? Why?
The amount of killer bands in the area never ceases to amaze. Whatever style of music you like, there are at least one or two awesome bands we could suggest. So many of the musicians are great people and want nothing more than to build a thriving music scene in Orlando. One way we could improve our scene is just by bringing more people out to shows. If more people in the area knew how many fantastic bands we had playing here regularly, I think we could do a lot for the scene, all the bands, and all the people who come to shows in Orlando.

Any big news to share?
Why yes, wonderful news in fact! It is our great pleasure to finally report to you that we, The Longest Hall, have discovered The Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything! One small catch though. You have to come to a show to find out! That, and wait 7 and a half million years.

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