by Elizabeth Timberlake-Newell
State College area indie band The Long Afternoon released its third album, “An Index of Maladjustments” this August. Lead singer/songwriter/guitarist Eston Martz sat down with Voices to talk about music, ambiguity and a band that has about 25 years of history but rarely does gigs.
Voices: So when did The Long Afternoon come about?
Martz: [The Long Afternoon] started in Pittsburgh in mid 1980s. We started because we felt that we had to do it. The band formed with likeminded people I went to high school with.
There were lots of independent and underground bands in Pittsburgh, but we came at it from a much artier angle. More on the Talking Heads, angular and nerdy end of things … Plus we had something we wanted to get out…I don’t know what exactly what that was.
We started [the band], and from the very beginning, it was all originals. Played a couple of covers here and there, but the focus was on writing and trying to record new material. Went strong for four years, achieved some level of success. We became the de-facto opener in State College for bigger indie bands. Read more »