Longstay is a San Diego-based band led by primary songwriter Nik Ewing (vox/guitar/piano), and featuring Jordan Groth (guitar), Josh Dunn (bass/vox), Phil Hansen (piano/vox) and Kyle Rosa (drums/vox). They recently released their debut EP, Houses & Homes, at San Diego’s Casbah. It is an symphonic folk-rocker that can simultaneously call to mind Bob Dylan, Sufjan Stevens, Cold War Kids and the Hold Steady. With melodies that incorporate “a string section, a few horns and . . . some drunks for choir” it thumps, rings and rattles the floor boards while never straying off course. The band have hidden four downloadable tracks on their maze-like website (if you can find them). Check them out!
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