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Longshanks 2

History

Longshanks 1

Longshanks 2

Longshanks 3

Longshanks 4

Longshanks 5

The demise of Longshanks 1 did not stop André Kamer from writing more music. In the home studio of multi-instrumentalist Jan van der Lugt they recorded (on a Fostex 4-track recorder) the base tracks (guitar, bass, synthesizer and computer-drums) for several new songs:
- "On the Run" and "Into the Dawn" (February 1989)
- "Nightmare" (August)
- "The Awakening/ The Travelling-song, prt 1" and
"The Mourning After/ The Travelling-song, prt 2"
(October),
- "Marching towards the Battlefield" (November)
- "Sunset" and "Dreams" (February 1990).
These songs were all ment to become part of a concept demo called "the Quest".

Longshanks had started to operate in the way 'The Alan Parsons Project' always had: a core of two guys of whom one would come up with the lyrics, the concept and the basic musical track of the song (on guitar) and the other had the musical skills to add the right drums-, bass- and even synthesizer-parts. The advantage of this way of working was that each song could be individually styled exactly the way André had envisioned it. Just like 'The Alan Parsons Project' we had to rely on guest-musicians to fill in the final parts: the vocals and the solo's.

Finding Solo guitar players in Delft wasn't very hard. Both Jan and André knew several skilled players and soon Jeroen Steenbeek and Martin Krijgsman were laying down great solo's.

Recording the vocals for the various songs took quite a bit longer, due to two reasons:
- multiple harmonics
- 'The Alan Parsons Project' way of work
The ambition to record the vocals with multiple harmonics ment that they had to work with multiple singers.
Here the disadvantage of the way of working of 'The Alan Parsons Project' became clear: due to the lack of an organized band format, they had to rely on the good will and the spare time of all those involved. Anyone who has ever tried to synchronise five agenda's on such a basis will know that this is very difficult indeed..

Recording the vocals started somewhere in March of 1990, with Alex van de Graaf as lead-singer and Alexandra den Heijer, Karin den Heijer, Jan, Alex and occasionally André singing harmonies.
In 1993 all tracks were finished but one:
"The Mourning After" which turned out to be too big a hurdle. The song was ment to be a kind of Requiem, totalling 8 voices, and it proved to be very hard to sing.

In the meantime Longshanks had evolved to become more than a studio band: they had done several live performances in O.J.V. de Koornbeurs and for radio station Omroep Delft (mostly unplugged). But Alex van de Graaf had started to lose interest in the Quest-project and finally left the band to pursue other goals. After that the project slowly withered and it remains unfinished to this day.
So, Longshanks no. 2 also fell apart. (read on)

The line-up for Longshanks no. 2:
André Kamer - Chorus guitar, acoustic guitar
Jan van der Lugt - Bass, synthesizer, drums
Alex van de Graaf - Vocals

Alexandra den Heijer - Vocals
Karin den Heijer - Vocals

Jeroen Steenbeek - Solo guitar
Martin Krijgsman - Solo guitar

Recordings:
Concept demo "The Quest":
- Nightmare (1989)
- The Awakening (1989)
- The Travelling-song, part 1 (1989-91)
- On The Run (1989)
- Into the Dawn (1989-91)
- Dreams (1990-92)
- Sunset (1990-92)
- Marching towards the Battlefield (1989)
- The Mourning After (1989-....)
- The Travelling-song, part 2 (1989-91)

Live performance on 'Delftdag' for radio station "Omroep Delft". F.l.t.r.: Jeroen, Jan, Alexandra, André, Alex and Karin.