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Returning to the fray as fast, furious and frenetic as ever, The Longcut are back with both fists flying. Following their acclaimed debut album "A Call And Response", the Manchester-based trio release the follow-up, "Open Hearts", on new label Melodic. There's been a shift to grass roots principals for this album: it was recorded in the band's Salford rehearsal room and produced by friend-of-the-band and Nine Black Alps guitarist David Jones, who brought 'a fucked up pop sensibility'. For a group whose reputation was built on blistering live shows, they set out to make an album that reflected the raw energy of their performances - and succeeded. This is the rough-edged, vital, visceral sound of a band at the peak of their powers. It's still undeniably The Longcut - Stuart's shamanic howls, Jon's crunching bass and Lee's hypnotic guitar are all in place - but it's fresher, trimmer and more focused than ever before. Lyrically, it's upbeat, happier, lovestruck even, but with that weighty sonic sucker-punch behind it to counter-balance the sugar. The title, "Open Hearts", refers to a shift in the band's focus, bringing emotion into the often bleak landscape of post-rock. The release of "Open Hearts" follows a period of change for the band, whose original label, Deltasonic, was cut adrift from Sony after their first album. Throughout the interim period, the trio's passion for music grew, and they have embraced the chance to make their own album in their own way.