Jackson calls Long Blondes "glamorous Punk." There are a lot of things Punk is: rude, rough, violent, etc. But glamorous just doesn't sound like one of them. Then again, not many British Punk bands have members featured in The Guardian's style section or appear regularly on NME's (New Musical Express) Cool List. Jackson rose from #36 in '05 to #7 in '06. Impressive.
Typically, Jackson was unfazed her leap up the list. "Probably because they didn't have enough girls," Jackson opinioned. "It was so overrun with boring boys, they needed someone to bring a touch of glamour."
The Sheffield group started with each member choosing an instrument and learning how to play it. The resulting sound featured angular guitars and prominent bass lines.
Signed by the legendary Rough Trade Records in the spring of '06, Long Blondes debut, "Someone To Drive You Home" arrived the following November. In between, they released a couple singles, "Once & Never Again" and "Weekend Without Makeup" which grazed the lower reaches of the U.K. charts.
Undaunted, or perhaps encouraged by their outsider status, Long Blondes spent the summer playing the U.K. festival circuit. Their album finally made its U.S. debut near the end of the year.
2006 Someone To Drive You Home
Despite what Jackson says about the Long Blondes, they are not Punk, glamorous or otherwise. They employ some broad Punk elements but that is as far as they go. Which is fine.
The Long Blondes' "Someone To Drive You Home" is an exceptional debut. If you aren't entertained by the slashing guitar, loping bass, occasionally over-the-top arrangements or Jackson 's charmingly affected vocals, then there's just no hope.
The songs tumble out as Jackson sings about wanting to be somebody's "sweetheart" ("Lust In The Movies") and telling a 19 year old she doesn't need a boyfriend because she's still too young ("Once & Never Again"). There is a genuine allure beneath the desperation. The songs are laced with a casual head toss or playful wink. The music often sounds dense yet still direct. Never weighted down - neat trick.
Even where most bands falter, Long Blondes deliver. The ballad "Heaven Help The New Girl" has an intimate appeal while "Giddy Stratospheres" delivers long overdue credibility to the whole Dance-Rock concept.