German instrumental-rock group LONG DISTANCE CALLING recently released their first ever live album ‘STUMMFILM – Live from Hamburg (A Seats & Sounds Show)’. Filmed during a special run of dates in early 2019, it saw the band performing seated shows in some very special locations for a stunning audio-visual experience.
As a pre-holiday treat, the band have launched the clip for the track ‘The Very Last Day’, and you can watch that here: https://youtu.be/SJSsTKg3Jps
The band comments: “Here we go with a new live clip for ‘The Very Last Day’, one of our very first songs ever! It first appeared on our demo “Dmnstrtn”, made it on our debut album “Satellite Bay” and is now part of “Stummfilm – Live From Hamburg”, enhanced by the intense sound and atmosphere of a cello. The song deals with the issues of climate change so we decided to print a limited “The Very Last Day” shirt, which can be ordered in our webshop: https://bit.ly/33qS1AE , 5 Euro per shirt will be donated to Greenpeace!”
‘STUMMFILM – Live from Hamburg (A Seats & Sounds Show)’ is available as a limited edition Blu-Ray + 2CD, Gatefold 3LP Vinyl & as digital audio download. Order now here: https://LongDistanceCalling.lnk.to/STUMMFILM-LiveFromHamburg
“the beauty shines through.” – Prog Magazine
“expansive and career-defining” – Powerplay Magazine
The full track-listing is as follows:
1. Into The Black Wide Open
2. The Very Last Day
3. In The Clouds
4. Like A River
5. On The Verge
7. Out There
9. Black Paper Planes
11. I Know You, Stanley Milgram!
12. Sundown Highway
14. Metulsky Curse Revisited
The band also recently announced that they would return to the ‘Seats & Sounds’ format for a German tour in September 2020, as well as an appearance at Prognosis Festival in Netherlands on the 21st March 2020.
08.09.20 Hamburg, kleine Elbphilharmonie – SOLD OUT
09.09.20 Hannover, Pavillon
10.09.20 Bochum, Christuskirche
11.09.20 Dresden, Alter Schlachthof
12.09.20 Leipzig, Parkbühne
13.09.20 Berlin, Passionskirche
15.09.20 Köln, E-Werk
16.09.20 Frankfurt, Jahrhunderthalle Club
17.09.20 Mannheim, Capitol
18.09.20 München, St. Matthäus
19.09.20 Stuttgart, Mozartsaal
For 13 years now, the Münster-based four-piece Long Distance Calling has been famed and cherished for its weightless yet massive music. After having returned to their instrumental roots Long Distance Calling sat down to carefully ponder their next step. When they got up again, they were ready for their most extraordinary live undertaking yet: Aptly entitled “Seats & Sounds”, this string of concerts saw Long Distance Calling take to the stage in very special locations in front on a seated audience.
The band took the matter almost religiously and went to great lengths in pulling off their most daring effort. “We wanted to go one step further, highlighting the audio-visual quality of the band for the very first time”, the band states, referring to the phalanx of video screens and specially curated visuals corresponding to each song.
One of those rare performances, the one at the Kulturkirche Altona in Hamburg, was captured on film and tape and is now being released. More an elegant silent film (visually speaking) than an ordinary live video, Long Distance Calling deliver a stunning performance in two acts: A “normal” Long Distance Calling set with songs from all their albums, and a special ‘Avoid the Light’ set, performing the dramatic album almost in its entirety. “This is one of the most important releases of our entire career”, the band continues, “and playing it felt like time travel.”
Meticulously prepared and rehearsed, this is Long Distance Calling on another level. Backed by guest musicians Luca Gilles on cello and Aaron Schrade on percussion and electronic beats, the experimental rock veterans show their grandeur in cinemascope – elaborately filmed and monumentally staged. In the end, Janosch Rathmer (drums), Jan Hoffmann (bass), Florian Füntmann (guitar) and David Jordan (guitar) not only played their biggest Hamburg headlining show; they also peaked their stellar career.