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Long Distance Calling


Special set 'stummfilm'

Post rock somnambulists Long Distance Calling have a long-standing reputation for their soaring, majestic wall of sound. Since their inception in 2006, the German trailblazers have left a characteristic mark upon a genre known for its cascadian qualities and dreamlike atmospheres – all that, mind you, while being predominantly instrumental. Indeed this is one of their strongest qualities: They carry a distinct narrative in their wordless world of sound that is decidedly more thought-provoking than a lot of their vocal contemporaries are.

For 13 years now, the Münster-based four-piece is famed and cherished for its weightless yet massive music, yielding six full-length records and countless absorbing live shows. After having returned to their instrumental roots with their highly successful, liberating album “Boundless” (2018), followed by an equally successful run of live dates, Long Distance Calling sat down to carefully ponder their next step. When they got up again, they were ready for their most extraordinary and unique 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 (and helplessly spellbound) audience – and is now being made available in various formats.

Regarded to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, 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. The aura of the sold out locations – the likes of old theatres or churches – did the rest to enthral band and audience alike. “On these evenings, our music was supposed to be the soundtrack of every guests’ individual film.”

One of those rare and sold-out performances (and maybe the most extraordinary of them all), the one at the Kulturkirche Altona in Hamburg, has been staggeringly captured on film and tape and is now being released as “Stummfilm – Live From Hamburg / A Seats & Sounds Show” on Bluray disc, vinyl, CD and digital download. More an elegant silent film than an ordinary live video, Long Distance Calling rise to the occasion like the proverbial phoenix from their own ashes, delivering a stunning, theatrical 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 to commemorate the tenth anniversary of their seminal second record. “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. “A very dense atmosphere was essential”, they say, “and we think we accomplished this by keeping out the heavy and aggressive songs, thus reflecting the serene aura in this church.” 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, at the same time sowing the ground for future endeavour.s Or, as Long Distance Calling say, “a unique experience and most certainly the start of a new chapter.”


Info

  • Day: Saturday

  • Stage: Second stage

  • Time: 22.45 - 00.00

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In addition to the pre-order shirt we are thinking about pushing the style level a bit...what do you think? Design by @robinik7 #shirt #shirtdesigns #new #maybe #merch #merchandise #ghost
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The „Splatter Black Dust“ Edition of the Vinyl is already SOLD OUT, better be quick for the other ones (swipe left to Check them out) 🖤 Preorder Link in Bio (Linktree) #newmusic #preorder #music #ep #vinyl #vinylcollection #vinylcollector #vinylcollector #vinyljunkie #crowdfunding #postrock #rock #metal #electronic #experimentalmusic #instrumental #soundtrack #sound
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Here‘s the beautiful artwork for „GHOST“! Thank you so much for the overwhelming feedback so far, this means a lot to us. One of the vinyl colors is already almost gone, so better be quick. Feel free to share this with your friends 🖤 Preorder Link in bio (Linktree) #ghost #ep #music #new #crowdfunding #letsgo #letsdothis #jam #sound #songs #postrock #rock #metal #electronicmusic #shop #shopping #vinyl #vinylcollectors #cd #limitededition #colour #dog #lp #vinyllove #vinylporn #vinyladdict
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It´s the year 2020 and the world is a pretty crazy place. We just released our latest album “How Do We Want To Live?” end of June, followed by overwhelming feedback, but we can´t go on tour properly due to the pandemic. We feel a lot of creativity right now, we don´t want to fall into hibernation and just wait until it´s over sometime in the future. That´s why we decided to write and record a brand new jam EP called “GHOST” on one weekend in late November. We will release “GHOST” on our own label “Avoid The Light Records” in early 2021 (we will announce the exact release date later on, stay tuned!), that’s why we need your support and contribution to the project, the EP will be available through our webshop exclusively! A lot of artists are struggling with the current situation, there is almost no income but we don´t want to just ask for support in form of donations, we want to give you value for your money, that´s why we decided to do it like a crowdfunding campaign but without any third party in between. You can be part of “GHOST” if you preorder the EP in various formats, you can also purchase special items. The “GHOST” EP will be a successor of the 2014 “Nighthawk” EP, which was sold out pretty fast. The whole idea of the EP is a contrast to the studio albums, where we spend a lot of time arranging the songs or wrapping our heads around a certain concept. This EP will be a mirror of intuition and spontaneity, the tracks might be more direct and raw, crazy and weird, no limits. We can´t wait to do it, just some guys in a room, throwing ideas at each other. 3 days to write and record, no safety net. The “GHOST” jam EP will be strictly limited. Of course the EP will also be available in digital formats after the release but if you want to grab a physical copy of the first pressing, the time is NOW! PREORDER HERE: https://longdistancecalling.merchcowboy.com/ghost-crowdfunding.html (Link in Bio) LOVE LDC
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We just finished our special shows a couple of days ago and it looks like these shows were the last for 2020. We just re-stocked our shop, so if you want to get yourself some nice merch or if you like to support us, this is the way: https://longdistancecalling.merchcowboy.com All shirts, hoodies, longsleeves etc are organic / fair trade quality. Love LDC #merch #merchandise #shirts #hoodie #cd #lps #vinyl #etc #shop
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Shoutout an alle, die gestern in München waren. Das war fantastisch und hat gezeigt, dass auch solche Shows in diesen Zeiten funktionieren 🙌 Heute Abend sind wir in Aarau in der Schweiz, 20 Uhr geht’s los, es gibt noch Tickets an der Abendkasse. Wir freuen uns auf Euch 🖤 #aarau #schweiz #kiff #konzert #show
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Heute Abend sind wir im schönen München beim Backstage Kultursommer. Wir gehen um 20 Uhr auf die Bühne und es ist überdacht 🙂 Ticketlink in der Story! Bis später 🖤 #münchen #backstage
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Thank you for surpassing 1 Million streams on @spotify 🖤 What‘s your favorite track? #spotify #millionaire #album #hdwwtl
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Vielen Dank für den tollen Auftakt gestern in Neunkirchen! 🖤 Heute sind wir in Stuttgart auf den Kulturwasen. Ticketlink in der Story! Um 20 Uhr gehen wir auf die Bühne. Pic by @amoell.createyourmind Love LDC #stuttgart #kulturwasen
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Doing things we like the most part 3... #longdistancecalling #ldc #hdwwtl #progrock #instrumental #live

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