Syracuse, NY-based rock act LONG SINCE FORGOTTEN is gearing up for the release of their third record THE THEFT streeting Aug. 21 via Evolution Music Group.
Stranded in Boise, Idaho after severe van accident while on tour, the band found themselves staying at the home of the generous promoter who just so happened to have a home studio. During the ten days it took to get their van repaired, LONG SINCE FORGOTTEN spent the time crafting material that would soon become their next album THE THEFT.
Brothers Caleb and Josh Coy, along with fellow high school friend Jeff French, launched LONG SINCE FORGOTTEN seven years ago, adding drummer Steve Stockin to round up the lineup in 2001. "We were just kids that wanted to play music together," says Josh. "I was a fan of Smashing Pumpkins and Foo Fighters. We just wanted to do a fun rock band."
That same year, the band headed to Kansas to record its first session with famed indie rock producer Ed Rose (The Get Up Kids, Limbeck). With the release of the band's debut album, All The Things You Said, LONG SINCE FORGOTTEN began landing larger shows and touring, including sharing bills with groups that have become national figures today and selling out their own local shows in the western New York region.
"We had been fortunate enough in the past to play with bands like Thursday, Coheed and Cambria, and Dashboard Confessional," says Josh. "I remember we played with Fall Out Boy on their very first tour. I think they actually opened for us!"
The band continued to tour and record, heading back with Rose to complete its second album, Standing Room Only, of which Coy says was cited as one of Rose's top ten favorite albums of his recording career. It was in support of this album that the accident occurred; inadvertently firing up the writing machine for what would become THE THEFT.
"I didn't really have to think too much about the songs, because I wasn't really confident in them," says Josh. "But once Steve came in, it was became clearer that we wanted to do this more often. The original goal was to get signed to a label and do a national tour. We had done that, so we're like, we'll just keep going."
"I put off being a teacher to do this band," he adds. "When we signed and put out our record in 2002, I stopped going to school with a semester left to get a bachelor's degree. It may not have been the wisest decision, but I wanted to give it a shot, you know?"
For more information about LONG SINCE FORGOTTEN and to hear tunes from THE THEFT, check out www.myspace.com/longsinceforgotten
To catch LONG SINCE FORGOTTEN live:
Aug 7 A Different Drummer Cafe Watertown, NY
Aug 8 Massena American Legion Massena, NY
Aug 18 The Fireplace Myerstown, PA
Aug 30 The Knight Spot Geneseo, NY