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Longhair Music

by Din

Eclectic mix of rock, pop and punk featuring boy/girl harmonies, crunchy guitars and piano.
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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1. Fly On The Wall
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2. Funny Man
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3. Grable
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4. Closest
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5. Devil's Advocate
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6. Handout
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7. I Walk Alone
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8. Angel
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9. Lady Killer
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10. Stoned
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Din was formed in early 2000 as a trio and included Glenn Steadman (Urban Squirrel) on guitar, John Gulizia (Moving Targets; The Feel) on drums, and Carlene Barous on bass. Glenn, John and Carlene recorded their debut album, Oleo, at New Alliance Studios in Boston in 2001 with producer Eric Brosius (Tribe). In 2002 Din acquired rock guitarist Bart LoPiccolo (Scatterfield) and in 2003 went into the studio again to record their second album The High End, a 7-song EP produced by Dave Minehan. This album showcased Din's evolving style which departed from its much loved rip-your-head-off punk pop, and introduced a rock pop feel driven by keyboards, crunchy guitars, and a focus on Carlene and Glenn vocal leads and harmonies. In June 2004, Din added new drummer Bob Palumbo (Four on the Floor, The Still). Bob enabled Din's two primary songwriters, Glenn and Carlene, to prepare and deliver brand new material to live audiences, drawing on both the Oleo and The High End styles. Din's live performances are schizophrenically appealing - listeners hear the eclectic product of punk, rock, and pop colliding. Glenn's songwriting evokes X and Iggy Pop with his simple straight catchy alt rock. Carlene's songwriting is more swirly AM radio, motown meets a nor'easter, Sheryl Crow joins Lush. Bart's nascent songwriting career so far had produced classic rawk vibrations. And you're not in Bad Company (Bart's muse), because he provided two major tracks to Din's latest effort Longhair Music, released on December 17, 2005. Longhair Music is a full length LP featuring 10 diverse but beautifully, dinfully coordinated songs. The first track, Fly On The Wall, penned by Bart with lyrics by Glenn, is also featured on the RedOctane/Harmonix PlayStation2 video game called Guitar Hero. Longhair Music was also produced by David Minehan who managed to elicit performances from Din that truly represent this unique unit. Various styles of music connect somehow a la Fleetwood Mac in a compact rush of a cd. Worth the mania.

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Rob

it rocks
you would be happy to own this cd. it has plenty of rocking moments. a few mellower songs, which are very good.
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Brett Milano, music reviewer in Boston

Few other local bands do lush piano ballads and heavy guitar rock in the same se
*** ½ Din, LONGHAIR MUSIC: If you've seen Din play clubs, odds are you've been both impressed and confused: Few other local bands do lush piano ballads and heavy guitar rock in the same set; or feature both an ethereal female singer and a gutsy male one. On their third release, Din have enlisted producer David Minehan to make sense of their wide-ranging ideas, and come up with a unified album that honors the local tradition of edgy/brainy pop from the Cars to Tribe (two Tribe members' younger sibs play in Din; and "Funny Man" finds them channeling Tribe's sound). There's still a lot of stylistic ground covered - the opening "Fly on the Wall" is all guitars and testosterone, while the closing "Stoned" could be Kate Bush fronting Pink Floyd - but Minehan helps them get a consistent sound; partly by having singers Glenn Steadman and Carlene Barous make cameos on each other's tunes; they also play out a tense male/female dialogue on "Lady Killer." The guitar sound is just tough enough to avoid overwhelming the melodies; and singer/keyboardist Barous remains the obvious focal point. Her sly and catchy "Grable" would be an obvious radio hit if it were longer than 1:13. And when she slips into heartbroken mode on "Angel," she sounds like one of those mysterious women that Ric Ocasek was always writing songs about.
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The Noise Boston, March 2005

Piano wizardry in the quieter songs, killer guitar lines in the heavier songs
Longhair Music, Din’s third release, is reinforcement that one must diligently revisit music that one has previously dismissed. Five years ago I thought the band, then a plodding and hackneyed trio, was aptly named. But from the first track, “Fly on the Wall,” it’s clear that something is different. A bold, tight rock song packed with heavy guitar, potent vocal harmony and hooks leads the way through a CD that’s powerfully built, replete with explorations into piano wizardry in the quieter songs, killer guitar lines in the heavier songs and pleasing hooks in the pop songs. The stylistic gymnastics bring to mind influences as diverse as Bad Company, The Breeders (“Grable”) and Crash Test Dummies (“I Walk Alone”). Standouts are the crunchier, edgier “Devil’s Advocate” and “Lady Killer,” which churn and roll with gale-force rhythm and swirling distortion. Very cool. A nice new CD from an evolving band. (Lexi)
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Andrew M Ward

Both sides of the stone and the dark side of the sun (or something like that)
This is an easy CD to get right into, from track one you’re on your way down a bumpy road of hard rock and alternately a smooth cool pond of swirly-girly pop. All tracks when mixed together are oddly beautiful and subtly transforming. You might find yourself humming a few tunes or bobbing your head (Beavis style) as you re-hash the moments. I give this CD my highest recommendation.
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