New York Cityís Longwave eroded the stage at Schubaís in Chicago last night with a mesmerizing performance. Along with The Strokes, Interpol, and Calla, Longwave have been instrumental in the rejuvenation of the Big Apple sound scene, which has been dormant for quite some time. After releasing a riveting EP, Day Sleeper, RCA signed the band and dropped The Strangest Things, a collection of monsterous numbers that embrace best elements of U2, The Cure, or Echo And The Bunnymen.
Opening the show was Sleeping At Last. Flashback to 1994/95 when Sunny Day Real Estate and Mineral were the only reason that emo kids didnít drown themselves in a pool of their own tears, match that with the pulverizing beauty of Unbelievable Truth, and you have Sleeping At Last. Gigantic songs filled with a hypnotic falsetto that makes Jeremy Enigk look like Barry White, courtesy of singer Ryan Curtis OíNeal, the peach fuzz faced front man who takes first place in the wholesome boy next door contest. The band, who are currently Billy Corganís wet dream, recorded their forthcoming record at Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, and itís currently being mixed in the UK, with an expected release date of August 2003.
Longwave, who I had just seen one night earlier in an interview segment on MTVís ìnewî rock show Subterranean, took the stage at around 10:20 last night...and then it was on. The quartet wasted no time diving right into ìPool Songî and the insanely addictive ìEverywhere You Turn,î found on both Fenway Recordingsí Day Sleeper EP and The Strangest Things. As the majestic set continued, the guitars glistened off the steamy walls of Schubaís as Longwave politely slaughtered their way through one of two shows here in Chicago. With a slight nod to the British sound, and a low key New York artistic vision, Longwave are an amazing band. Devastating drums, humming guitars, and vocals as warm as a shot of Jack Daniels, make for a tantalizing performance. Thanks to everyone at Fenway for the hook up.
Source: Jason Anfinsen