It's no secret that New York City has produced some mighty fine acts in the past couple of years. The Strokes, Radio 4, The Rapture, The Realistics, and Mooney Suzuki have all wowed us in recent months and now the spotlight shines brightly on Longwave. The quartet played their second night in San Francisco last night at popscene and if that performance is any harbinger of things to come, watch out world.
Playing a tight 30-minute set, the band ripped through numbers off their spectacular RCA debut, The Strangest Things. Shimmering guitar leads from the boy with the local background, Shannon Ferguson, floated over the tight-as-a-cadet's-bedsheets rhythm section of Dave Marchese and Mike James. Meanwhile, frontman Steve Schiltz added further six-string mayhem into the sonic stew, augmenting it with his distinctive Peter Murphy-esque vocal skills. "Tidal Wave" and "Everywhere You Turn" shone most brightly on the night, a night full of Schiltz jumping on the kick drum to spring back to the stage, punctuating key swells in his band's compositions. The 30 minutes passed too quickly, but the crowd was doubtlessly won over and with the verve and songwriting these youngsters possess, the rest of the alternative world can only be next.