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David Long – The Cult Of Two (2018)

Posted in Music with tags , on June 5, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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David Long the former frontman of much loved outfit Into Paradise has just released his third solo album ‘The Cult Of Two. Inspired by Roque of Cloudberry Records we decided to pose David a few questions and he was kind enough to respond. ‘The Cult Of Two’ is out now on iTunes and Spotify.

Where/when was the album recorded?

The album was recorded in North Kerry over a 3 month period from February to April of this year. It started with a postcard of a painting called Klein Blue by the French artist Yves Klein that was on my fridge. I started writing small piano pieces to go with the painting.

Is there anyone else on the album?

Shane O’Neill is on “The road ahead”. It was originally called “Between the earth and the sky”. I got that title from a book I was reading about North Korea, But decided to use the title “the road ahead” in the end. I had the shell of the song and sent it to Shane and 3 days later he sent his version back to me and I just loved it.

Who did the artwork?

My wife Aisling did the artwork for this album. It’s a photograph she took in Limerick. I just thought it fitted perfectly for the album title and music.

Any CD or vinyl release planned?

I hate CD’s. Nothing to do with the sound quality. Just the way they look. I love vinyl. But I’m not a vinyl snob. I listen to my vinyl on a €40 portable player in the kitchen and I love it. At some stage I will release my 3 solo albums on vinyl. And when I do I will just make 100 copies of each.

What are you working on next / any longer term plans?

I write most days, It’s what I do. So I don’t plan anything. After a while things just fall into place and you realise you have an album finished.

Do you have a project with Shane O’Neill (Blue in Heaven)?

Not really. Myself and Shane go back a long way. We were in a band called “Amuse” in the early eighties. A while back he sent me a piece of music and I put vocals on it and it became “Albert the painter”. I love that track. I was reading Herman Hesse’s short stories and one of the stories was called “The Painter” and that’s where I got the idea for the Albert song.

He’s painting his visions on cardboard left in empty houses… That’s me, Ha!

Any plans to tour? 🙂

No plans to tour. Maybe someday. When I’m sixty nine I’ll get helped up on the stage in my local pub in Kerry and make some noise.

Any hope of an Into Paradise reunion? 🙂

It’s something I never think about. But who knows?

Shane O’Neill & David Long ‘Albert The Painter’

Addendum: December 19th solo show in Whelan’s just announced!

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David Long (Dan Hegarty 2fm Session 2/12/13)

Posted in Music, radio, session with tags , on December 3, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

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On 2nd December 2013 Dan Hegarty broadcast an all new session from David Long of Into Paradise. David was accompanied in Studio 8 by Joe Fahey of Luggage. Here’s what the RTE 2fm website wrote:

It’s quite likely that David Long’s album ‘Water Has Memory’ won’t feature alongside names like Arcade Fire, Rudimental, and Foals in the numerous end of year album polls. Don’t let that put you off; Long’s debut ranks among the finest domestic albums of the year. After spending the late 1980s and early 1990s as vocalist with Into Paradise, David Long returned with new songs, and a new sound.

Dog Times (2013)

Since Yesterday (2013)

Antelope (2013)

On Waiting (2013)

Backwards Into Paradise – the cassette that landed the Setanta deal

Posted in demo, Music with tags , , , , on April 8, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

We recently posted a number of tracks from David Long, but today we have the contents of a cassette David had a hand in namely Backwards Into Paradise. Said cassette gets a mention in a recent interview David did with Nick Kelly of the Irish Independent:

“We did so many things wrong. We were naive,” he said. “We’d been in different bands since the age of 17 until we got signed, when I was 26. We were a long time doing rehearsals and playing small gigs and getting nowhere, so when the chance did come we were more shocked that anyone had an interest.”

That interest came from a London-based Dubliner who was looking for Irish bands to sign to his new independent record label.

David says: “Keith Cullen from Setanta went into Comet Records in Dublin and bought a DIY cassette of our music. The cover had a photo of a girl and a building. He rang me up to say he was interested in signing us to this new label called Setanta. Then he rang back two weeks later to say he was going to get Adrian Borland from The Sound to produce it. I couldn’t believe it.

“We were so lucky. I don’t think we would have got anywhere if Keith hadn’t bought that cassette. At that time we were called Backwards Into Paradise – I think it was Keith who suggested we shorten the name.”

David has fond memories of the period in Dublin in the late 1980s when so many good new bands emerged.

“When I was 17 or 18, me and Shane O’Neill from Blue In Heaven used to go to a place called The Magnet Bar on Pearse Street,” he said. “They used to have The Bodice Gigs where The Blades, Microdisney, Nun Attax, Chant Chant Chant all played. It was a brilliant scene.

“You had Rollerskate Skinny, Power Of Dreams, A House, Something Happens. The Stars Of Heaven were another great band. Nobody had any money. There was nothing happening in Dublin. It was simpler. No one was into music as a career; it was just a bit of fun.”

David’s album ‘Water Has Memory’ is available on iTunes or at Tower Records. Keep up to date with his activities via the Into Paradise facebook page.

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01. Everything

02. Low

03. Out Of Here

04. Hope

05. Peace Of Paradise

06. I Want You

07. These Days

08. Winter