The Longwalls: Big MT

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For their latest 8-song EP Kowloon, Boston based band, The Longwalls found inspiration in the ancient Chinese city from which the record was named.

In Hong Kong there was once a walled city, Kowloon. An ungoverned 6-acre city within a city, home to 33,000 people. Urban density and decay in overdrive. A crush of tiny apartments. Trash and running water in the streets. Rare pools of light.

Yet life maintained. Amidst the darkness and back-alley operators. Against the cold stone, ash, and dust. An embodiment of the unplanned and unchecked, a mix of pessimism and isolationism, a Kowloon can grow within the mind before you know it. Twenty teetering stories of paralyzing uncertainty walled off from rational thought.

Know that the Kowloon was eventually demolished; a peaceful park of scenic gardens quietly rest in its place. Life maintains.

As the group explains, “The album explores loss, struggle, melancholia, and the feeling all of us have of sometimes just wanting to give up. In Kowloon we found an analog for all these ideas: alone together, decay, wanting to escape, resilience, etc. It’s important to note that record is not meant to be dire in any way. We wanted it to be about how life shines through no matter what. We could all just use a little more peace. We think it’s a hopeful record.”

Kowloon is set to be released on December 4, 2012 through Static Motor Recordings.

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