"Some Bands are destined for Greatness and others for Obscurity."
The Long Faces formed in the Fall of 1998. Erik 4-A (guitar/blues harp/vocals) and Otto D. Stuct (guitar/vocals), both
time-worn veterans of the Seattle music scene, had long searched for fellow musicians interested in rootsy music but also various
forms of pop, psychedelia and experimental rock. Next to join the fledgling outfit was bass player Dan Stanard followed later by
a whole passle of drummers to numerous to list here!
The band started out as a Pop Band, then went on to Psychedelia and finally settled on Honky-Tonk as a format. They played numerous
gigs in their sweet short life as a band, from the infamous Sunset Tavern in Ballard, to the now defunct Gibson's (they even made an
appearance on the Northwest Music show ("29 Live"! ). At events like the Northwest Folklife Festival, the Seattle Peace Concerts, the
Freemont Fair and the University Streetfair they were crowd pleasers for all ages. A fun time was had by all.
Every Long Faces performance was a passionate one. Mostly Unpredictable, but almost always Entertaining they knew how to keep an
Audience involved. From their rousing version of Ted Nugent's, "Cat Scratch Fever", to the Village People's "YMCA" and AC/DC's
"Highway to Hell" the Long Faces decidedly took these well known songs, tore them all apart and then put 'em back together in their
own Bizarre way! Also their Original song material was guaranteed to wrench the Heartstrings of even the most Stoic individual!
Each member brang to The Long Faces the unique sound of their influences. Erik 4-A liked the Velvet Underground, Johnny Cash and
the Byrds, but also a mixture of mid-60's fuzz, psychedelia and British Invasion music too. Otto D. Struct (David Fulwiler) favored
country-rock ala The Flying Burrito Brothers or The Flatlanders, but was in no way opposed to a little late-70's CBGB's/New York punk
(often citing Johnny Thunders as rock's greatest guitar slinger). Dan Stanard arrived from Detroit and has played in a variety of
bands - from punk to funk - over the years, including the under-rated and now defunct Seattle combo Mabryhood, as well as Skinflower,
Detroit's legendary Mortals, and the Blanks. The Long Faces went through a series of Drummers starting with Tracy Simek, Jimmy Waschitz,
Robert McNaughty (click here to read what Robert has been up to lately) and finally Steve Phun.
Their strongest lyrical influences were from the great country songsmiths, The Long Faces sang of loss and lamentation. They mixed a
balance of original songs, radically rearranged well-known songs, and obscure covers that intrigue and provoke their listeners.
The Long Faces were a band that appealed to fans of all ages that have a passion for upbeat, traditional, but slightly melancholy music.
Now all that is left of them are these recordings! We hope you decide to put 'em in your collection.