St Helens pop aces The Loungs unveil latest album

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A St Helens band has reflected on the long road taken to get its new album Short Cuts ready for release.

Pop five-piece The Loungs will see their third full-length recording hit the shelves in November, five years after second album Big Wow.

The cover of The Loungs' new album Short Cuts

The cover of The Loungs' new album Short Cuts

The group, made up of guitarists and vocalists Jamie Atherton and Paul Nicholson, bassist and vocalist Neil Conway, keyboardist and vocalist Martin Wills and drummer Gaz Pickett, have picked up where they left off with 31 minutes of short, catchy, lo-fi guitar pop.

Martin says the group’s break from the scene due to the pressures of work and family life has given them plenty of time to get the album’s 10 songs exactly the way they want them.

He said: “As it’s taken so long we’ve got plenty of songs, it’s just been getting the recording and editing together.

“We’re made up to be releasing the album and really happy with it. It sits well with our other two, I think.

“We’ve always tried to have short, punchy songs which people will enjoy when they hear them live. It’s not very dark or serious, we’ve always written uptempo songs when we all get together.”

The Loungs, whose members are all from the Eccleston and Sutton areas of St Helens, first appeared on the scene in 2006, releasing debut album We Are The Champ a year later and securing slots at prestigious festivals such as Glastonbury and Bestival as well as TV appearances.

Throughout their recent break the group has continued to perform live and hopes to return to the festival circuit next year in support of Short Cuts.

Before that, though, The Loungs will ensure St Helens music fans have the chance to hear the new tracks live first with a hometown album launch night, this time at Cinema Bar on Duke Street.

Martin said: “We’ve always done really well at venues in St Helens and we like the setting of the Cinema Bar so we thought we would see how it goes.

“They’ve been good enough to give us the run of the bar for the night and we don’t want to charge people to come in. We want them to buy the album and keep the price down as much as we possibly can.

“We’ve always kept our tow in the water with playing live. We don’t like to go too long without doing a couple of gigs. Hopefully we will have a good year of festivals and shows next year.”

Short Cuts by The Loungs is released on Friday November 6 by Fresh Hair Records. To find out more visit www.facebook.com/theloungs