Emily Long will unleash her epic rock debut 'When I Was In Love With' on April 17, 2010 at Pianos (158 Ludlow St.) 10pm and April 20th at Crash Mansion (199 Bowery) for Rethink Pop Music's showcase.
Emily Long is no longer NYC's best kept secret. The Arizona native just wrapped a tour, including packed SXSW gigs winning crowds over with her Katy Perry spunk and Pat Benatar vocal range while leaving one battered keyboard along the way.
Emily Long's poetic lyrics about emotional upheaval are paired with driving rhythms and delivered with grit and heart. The keyboardist/singer/songwriter is backed by a fiery band of Bret Ritter on bass, Daniel Ryan Espy on guitar, Nik Lokensgaard on guitar, and Zach Jones on drums. Long, who worked with Cyndi Lauper collaborator John Turi on 'When I Was In Love With', is ironically often compared to the singer because of their similar strawberry blonde hair however, Long turned to more hardcore rock bands as idols.
"You can't fight what you become. You develop a sound because you get into bands like T. Rex and other stuff later on, so you just kind of write in that mindset."
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"Tough, danceable guitar rock with sex appeal... driven by raw, wiry, new wave guitar playing... but her big, dramatic vocals are the main event." - Nashville Scene