Whenever my wife wears the As Tall As Lions t-shirt she totally stole from me, I wonder when I’ll get to hear new music from the Massapequa indie rockers.

Listening to the boys’ lush new album (and you should, now, at Absolute Punk), I can’t believe they’re from Long Island. All swirling guitars and dreamy harmonies, they have a serious Brit-rock/shoegaze sensibility reminiscent of Doves. Plus, Daniel Nigro can really sing. We expect big things.

ATAL were kind enough to let us exclusively premiere an MP3 from the album:

If you dig it — and we hope you do — load that stream and don’t miss “Love Love Love (Love Love),” which has a soulful Jeff Buckley “Everybody Here Wants You” vibe.

Album’s out 9/26 on Triple Crown. Lions hit the road with labelmates Dear Hunter & The Secret Handshake next week.

8/08/06 West Babylon, NY In Store @ Looney Tunes 7pm
8/09/06 S. Hackensack, NJ School of Rock
8/10/06 Hartford, CT Webster Underground
8/11/06 Allston, MA The ICC
8/12/06 Albany, NY Valentines
8/13/06 Providence, RI The Living Room
8/14/06 Amityville, NY Village Pub South
8/15/06 Nashua, HN Nashua VFW
8/21/06 New York, NY Knitting Factory
8/22/06 Buffalo, NY The Buffalo Icon
8/23/06 Detroit, MI The Shelter
8/24/06 Covington, KY The Madhatter
8/25/06 Lexington, KY Southside Church
8/26/06 Indianapolis, IN The Underground
8/27/06 Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen
8/28/06 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock
8/29/06 Iowa City, IA Picador
8/30/06 Kansas City, MO The Grand Emporium
9/01/06 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
9/04/06 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
9/05/06 Houston, TX Fitzgeralds
9/07/06 Orlando, FL The Backbooth
9/08/06 Gainesville, FL Common Grounds
9/09/06 Tallahassee, FL Beta Bar
9/10/06 West Palm Beach, FL Rays Downtown Blues
9/12/06 Nasvhille, TN The End

Bands play Levittown now?! When I was growing up on Long Island the closest decent rock venue was … wait, there wasn’t one.

Let’s give away two pairs of tickets to the Knitting Factory show, shall we? If you want to enter just place a comment saying you wanna go, and I’ll pick 2 winners randomly by Saturday morning. (Use your real e-mail or I won’t be able to contact you; don’t worry, you’re not signing up for anything.)

Comments (22)
  1. ashley  |   Posted on Aug 2nd, 2006 0

    haha. we have (had?) backstreet blues in rockville centre?

  2. El Payo  |   Posted on Aug 2nd, 2006 0

    Is the mp3 link busted?

  3. Fixing mp3 link now… sorry!

  4. El Payo  |   Posted on Aug 2nd, 2006 0

    Thanks – lush seems to be the appropriate word for this track. Digging it.

  5. El Payo  |   Posted on Aug 2nd, 2006 0

    Mp3 cuts off abruptly at 2:28 – yikes, right when I was really enjoying it.

  6. Steve  |   Posted on Aug 2nd, 2006 0

    I did not expect to see this band on this blog. I love it. The album is one of my favorites this year. Everyone should check out their album Lafcadio while they are at it.

  7. MP3 is all good; you were probably downloading while I was re-uploading. Give it another shot.

    I am in the process of familiarizing myself with Mac apps and things are a little screwy this week. I’m getting better though!

    Look ma, no mouse!

  8. El Payo  |   Posted on Aug 2nd, 2006 0

    Yep – it’s all good now.

    Welcome to Macintosh.

  9. theres a handfull of bands from long island but dont sound like they are from long island, i.e. they are really good example myspace.com/aeroplanepageant

  10. nice, not without its charm.

  11. myFuture  |   Posted on Aug 2nd, 2006 0

    These guys are awesome…Kinda Coldplay, kinda Sunny Day Real Estate and a lot of Doves in there. A friend told me their live show is fantastic as well. Thanks for posting this Scott.

  12. Check this guy out:


    Should be worth the listen.


  13. Peck  |   Posted on Aug 3rd, 2006 0

    I’m conflicted. This band sounds pretty good, and ‘Summer’ in particular stood out, but it’s hard for me to listen to any music endorsed by AbsolutePunk.

    Seriously, ‘Music Mends Broken Hearts’? AbsoluteEmo, maybe.

  14. Hey scott

    i get the strange feeling you are a Long Islander

    Am I right? I am a Long Islander

  15. Pockymama  |   Posted on Aug 3rd, 2006 0

    Hey, I’m from Queens and if I could rock out I’d be a Brit-popper. We on the island have got soul.

    I’d love to go to the knitting factory show!

  16. alicia  |   Posted on Aug 3rd, 2006 0

    i want to go!
    i’m from long island!
    i’m a poor student and free tickets would be nice!

  17. powerball  |   Posted on Aug 3rd, 2006 0

    would definitely be up to go.

  18. Karen  |   Posted on Aug 3rd, 2006 0

    While I do like them, isn’t Keane already doing this?

  19. morgan  |   Posted on Aug 3rd, 2006 0

    would love to go!

  20. Matthew  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2006 0

    would like to go..

  21. Kumo  |   Posted on Mar 19th, 2008 0

    aw dude. I love these guys. I found them randomly on Amazon.com a long while ago. I was just checkin out songs by whoever, cuz i was aching to buy a cd. How lucky i was to find them.

    Whole album was great stuff. Amazing

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