Original Pairs revive rock ‘n’ roll with intoxicating ‘Long Play’

“Rock ‘n ‘roll is nearly dead, so we need to revive it. That means saying what you mean, playing what you play sweating it out, live off the floor. No clicks, no comps, no edits, no cynical force-fed, second-guessed crap”
22 May 2024
Photo by Rita Listner

Since 2008, Original Pairs, the Canadian rock outfit, has been steadfastly working to reignite the essence of rock ‘n’ roll. Spearheaded by Andrew Frontini and Lisa Logan, this dynamic duo has carved out a unique space in the indie rock scene with their blend of garage grit, rockabilly charm, and psychedelic allure. Now, the band unleash their highly-anticipated album, Long Play, released via Manning Records.

In a statement about the album, Original Pairs emphasizes their dedication to the raw authenticity of rock ‘n’ roll, emphasizing the importance of live performance and genuine expression: “Rock ‘n ‘roll is nearly dead, so we need to revive it. That means saying what you mean, playing what you play sweating it out, live off the floor. No clicks, no comps, no edits, no cynical force-fed, second-guessed crap.”

Photo by Steven Logan

From the lush opening track Concord Avenue, through the captivating Love Collision, and the engaging slow-tempo of Dirty Art, to the upbeat energy of Not Grow Old, and the summery vibes and grand finale of Eleanor, Long Play stands as a testament to Original Pairs’ unwavering dedication to authenticity and raw vitality.

Engineered and mixed by John Dinsmore in collaboration with the band, and mastered by Phil Demetro, the album exemplifies meticulous craftsmanship. Long Play presents a rich, textured sound that immerses listeners in a uniquely timeless sonic trip, where thunderous drums and soaring guitar solos seamlessly complement the captivating vocals.

Infused with electrifying energy, captivating storytelling, and a genre-defying sound,  Long Play serves as a testament to the enduring influence of rock ‘n’ roll, capable of inspiring, provoking, and stirring us like no other genre can.

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