After some cryptic ball-tickling on social media, followed by a single premiere under some truly bizarre circumstances, the mysterious new band has slammed all their cards down on the table, unveiling their full lineup (BJ + Green Day touring guitarist Jeff Matika on bass and vocals + Kevin Preston on guitar + David S. Field on drums) and debut album Love Is For Losers in full.
And fans. are. FROTHING IT.
Really REALLY liking what I heard off of “Love is for Losers”. Good stuff, I’m a fan. #TheLongshot
— chris (@MrGT491) April 20, 2018
Me when I play The longshot songs and repeat it for 537 times pic.twitter.com/y4nOsuDZgq
— Billie Joe Gifs (@BillieJoeGifs) April 12, 2018
I’m really loving the new record by #TheLongshot. I feel like these songs have been trapped in @billiejoe’s head for a long time and he was just waiting for the perfect time to release them. Thank god he did. #BillieJoeArmstrong #LoveIsForLosers #weneededthesesongs
— David VanGrol (@DavidVanGrol) April 20, 2018
— ingrid (@hotmessdiaz) April 20, 2018
TURN ME LOOSE off of the record #loveisforlosers by “The Longshot” is life!
— matt____ (@matty5167) April 20, 2018
— Zac® (@ZacBrunner) April 20, 2018
… You get the idea.
And the critics are vibing it just as hard as fans, with NME making the bold claim that Love Is For Losers is Billie Joe’s “best album since 2004’s American Idiot” and Atwood Mag claiming that it’s “friendly pop-punk reminiscent of the Dookie era”.
The Longshot have basically dropped the motherload today. As well as their full LP, they’ve also unleashed a music video for the title track ‘Love Is For Losers’ AND they’ve announced a sh*t-tonne of US & Mexican tour dates to boot.
Hopefully Australia won’t be far behind.
Watch The Longshot’s debut music video ‘Love Is For Losers, and stream their full debut album, below.