The Longest Day is a two-piece space-rock/post-rock/shoegaze music collaboration, half of which lives in Sydney, the other in Canberra. The band formed under the same inner western Sydney roof in 1997, initially inspired by the noisy lo-fi creations of Flying Saucer Attack, and influenced by the dreamy wall of guitars produced by bands like Ride and My Bloody Valentine.
Songs were written and played for a select few, but Jay and Brad never recorded their output. The move to Canberra by Jay in 2002, and the separate forays into the world of electronic music by both members, seemed to indicate a natural death of the band.
An idea floated in a drunken conversation in 2005 was followed through, and Jay and Brad spent a week recording and mixing a collection of songs resurrected from the band’s past, utilising the original 4 track tapes used at the time to record drums and loops for live performances. The result was 2005’s Slumber, an album awash with guitar and reverb and sweet noise. The album was distributed gratis to anyone who showed an interest in hearing it.
In the winter of 2006, Brad travelled to Canberra for the band’s next project - Sounds of Jupiter. Written and recorded in a week, Jupiter illustrated the band’s progression in sound from that represented by Slumber (which of course represented a sound derived 8 years earlier), and is characterised by a more atmospheric and measured sound, achieved through expanded instrumentation and again through their love of reverb.
In early 2007, the band hooked up with Sydney label Feral Media, who arranged for the distribution of the remaining copies of both previous albums. The relationship strengthened as the year progressed, the band playing in the October PowWow show to a strong reception.
Jay and Brad again came together in September 2007 in Canberra to begin writing their next album. A collection of songs were written in collaboration with Boston (USA) artist/musician Christy Romanick, whose sublime, ethereal guitar drones underpin several tracks. Jay and Brad spent the rest of the year writing and refining songs, and came together in Sydney to record their third album - Night Falls, in January of 2008. The album was released on 1 May 2008.
The album received a number of glowing reviews, and the launch at the Seymour Centre in Sydney was very successful. Four new songs were written and demoed in 2009, but very little (apart from the odd gig here and there) occurred until the second half of 2011, when Brad visited Jay’s place in Canberra for a few days with guitar and effects in hand, and after sketching out a number of musical ideas, the two resolved to record again. In the months following, the four earlier demoes were all completed, and the sketchy musical ideas were expanded into full songs. Some recording took place in both Sydney and in Canberra, while Christy Romanick again supplied a series of drones from Boston. Jay then travelled to Brad’s place in Sydney in late 2011 to record the album, with some final touches such as strings recorded in early 2012. 'Beyond Your Skies' will be released in May 2012, exactly 4 years after Night Falls.