Pike 27 will be releasing their first full-length of new material since reforming in 2013! The Long Flight will be released on Friday, November 10th with a release show at York Street Café on Saturday, November 11th. The ten- song collection centers on the friends, ideas, and life-affirming moments that keep the darkness at bay, while furthering the smart pop and indie rock hinted on by their late 2015 EP, Calling Out.
The Long Flight is just what we need in these strange times. Honest, inspirational lyrics accompanied by solid rock n’ roll. To see Pike 27 live is an amazing experience. You can tell that they enjoy each other’s company, love making music, and they get loud (in the best way possible).
Noted producer/engineer John Hoffman (Vacation, Lung, Leggy, Wussy) and veteran engineer Gary Shell recorded The Long Fight at Ultrasuede Studio throughout 2016. Several tracks on The Long Fight feature key contributions from singer Beth Harris (The Hiders, Perfect Children), cellist/singer Kate Wakefield (Lung), keyboardist Chris Comer, and horn players from The Cincy Brass and The Blue Wisp Big Band (Dominic Marino – trombone, Sean Fitzpatrick – trumpet, and Phillip Hilger – saxophone). Purcell explains that the expanded studio lineup was responsive to the feel of the new songs, which harken back to the big soul-meets-bright pop of Elvis Costello’s Imperial Bedroom.
According to singer/songwriter Dave Purcell, “This was the first time we felt comfortable expanding on the lineup in the studio. Beth, Kate, and the others really changed the complexion of the record. John (Hoffman) and Gary (Shell) are so creative and were vital in helping us blend in their contributions without losing the nature of who we are as a band. The recording process helped us continue to evolve.”
The Long Fight will be released on Friday, November 10th (via Bandcamp, Shake It, Everybody’s Records, and all streaming outlets), with a CD release show to follow on Saturday, November 11th at York Street Café. Mike Tittel and Lauren Bray of New Sincerity Works open the show at 9:00pm. ($10 cover with CD, $5 without).