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There's a Fire

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Building on what we've heard from Longwave before--a combination of spacey guitar work atop visceral and sometimes angular rhythms, There's A Fire is more dynamic than anything previously recorded by Longwave. From the sustained explosion that is 'We're Not Gonna Crack', to the orchestral and spooky 'Underworld' and 'Down In Here', Longwave explores a wider sonic landscape here than ever before. The anthemic but inside-out title track, 'There's a Fire', also introduces some of singer/guitarist Steve Schiltz's most cinematic lyrical work, a continuous spooky and dreamlike imagery sustained throughout the album. There's A Fire is a truly cohesive work in which you hear a band making a musical statement from an expanding musical palate, including the contributions of new multi instrumentalist Jeff Sheinkopf (keyboards, guitar, vocals), the most recent addition to the ranks. Red Ink. 2005.

Longwave's third full-length finds the Brooklyn quintet bypassing what might have been an irrepressible urge for a lot of edgy bands: Instead of cribbing from former buzzband tourmates the Strokes, the Vines and the Mooney Suzuki, frontman Steve Schiltz sticks doggedly with what he knows. For fans of There's a Fire, that means another opportunity to get submerged in Brit-leaning space-pop that switches rhythmic gears with pleasing regularity from dreamy to driving. Where "Tell Me I'm Wrong" is straight-up pop, whoa-oh chorus and hand-clap percussive bit included, "We're Not Gonna Crack" sneaks up behind it with thrashing guitars and a butchered, diabolical lyric. Similarly, "The Flood" finds Schiltz demoing Bowie disciple-dom with great panache, but two tracks later he's resurrecting the Cure with equal flair. None of this is overheated--the band's hipster insouciance settles as winningly into the quirky indie pop of "Next Plateau" as the guitar rant of the hidden closing track--but the shifts in tempo and temperament call for a controlled listening environment. Where it counts, you'll want to crank it. -Tammy La Gorce

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. There's A Fire
  2. Underworld Song
  3. River (Depot Song)
  4. The Flood
  5. Tell Me I'm Wrong
  6. Heart Attack
  7. Dancing In The Light
  8. We're Not Gonna Grack
  9. Down In Here
  10. Fall on Every Whim
  11. Next Plateau
  12. Underneath You Know The Names

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 28, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Red Int / Red Ink
  • ASIN: B0009OUARU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hamster Army on July 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I've been a fan of Longwave for a little over two years now and was impressed and encouraged with "The Strangest Things," as I took to it quite easily.

"There's A Fire" has it's moments, and isn't a complete letdown by any means, but has it's share of boring, plodding songs that you've heard a million times over. I'm sorry but I don't really think I've listened to the mind-numbing, cliche and unoriginal "Heart Attack" more than once and am not looking forward to hearing it live (pee break).

But Longwave isn't the only band I really like to have "urinal break" tunes they play live. Ultimately, despite losing two original members that did hurt them some I think, they are a talented bunch.

"Fall On Every Whim," "River Song," and "Neat Plateau," are examples of Longwave's running potential. "Down In Here," "The Flood," and "Tell Me I'm Wrong" are passable CD filler and worthwhile pop songs, the rest are songs I simply never listen to anymore. The short instrumental "Dancing In The Light" is nice as was "Sunday Night Health" on their previous EP, but again simply filler and nothing that stands out.

The title track is a short, uppity pop song that doesn't stray from their roots too much, but is ultimately just another Pop rock song you've heard a million times already.

I am hoping their next CD isn't years away as I've grown tired of this release pretty quickly.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Strother Dagan on July 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Less space-rock and more pop than their previous The Strangest Things, this I think is Longwave's largest bid at breaking into the mainstream. Tell Me I'm Wrong, Fall on Every Whim, There's a Fire, We're Not Gonna Crack, and Underneath You Know the Names are every bit as good as the indie/pop/alternative stuff making the rounds on radio these days. But Longwave are a little something different than the post-punk pop or indie rock that started with The Strokes and is morphing into more synth-related stuff like The Killers. These guys are unpredictable. Follow closely enough on this album and the textures become more lush, the individual details bubble to the surface, and mood becomes more and more diverse yet somehow still coherent and uplifting. Sounds flood from every direction giving us whirls and buzzes, screeches and feedback, yet all the while are held together by Steve Schlitz' warmly soothing voice. More than one listen showed me that everything from Coldplay to The Foo Fighters to Oasis to Pink Floyd (I'm not joking!) seems to have made it into the Longwave soup this time, yet somehow it's even tastier than I would ever have thought possible. And there's even a little Radiohead thrown in for good measure on the secret song The Sea Monster that follows the closing track on the album.

Like Doves and their new disc Some Cities, this is one of a handful of albums not to be missed from the first half of 2005. Both albums are great additions to alternative brit-pop post-punk (that's a mouthful!) and have shown me that this type of music is still thriving on both sides of the pond. There's a Fire is diverse, exciting, and continues to show a band growing into and out of their sound: two signs of musical maturity and excellence.

Oh, and if you haven't seen these guys live than you haven't heard anything yet!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By alexander laurence on July 21, 2005
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Longwave was part of the rock rejuvenation of NYC at the turn of the century.

They toured constantly and put out a few records. I saw them play at Irving

Plaza in 2003 and they were amazing. Time has passed and members have changed.

Now they have their first record with the new lineup. Longwave was always on

the scene but never given their proper due in America, even though worldwide

interest was already there. The first songs "There's A Fire" and "Underworld"

don't disappoint. Longwave displays their ability to be emotional in song.

This time they worked with one of their favorite producers, John Leckie. Even the

songs "River" and "The Flood" are amazing and contain everything great

about what is Longwave. They have an ability to be dramatic and subtle. Most of

this album is very mellow. But there are songs like "Tell Me I'm Wrong" and

"We're Not Gonna Crack" with are hard hitting than anything they have done in

the past. The whole album is high quality. "Next Plateau" is reminiscent of

The Beatles. This Longwave at their peak. Their live show should be wonderful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Brock on January 10, 2007
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This is a good cd. Longwave keeps the sound that made them, alive and well. I believe its actually a better listen, in terms of the whole album, than Strangest things. The only song I dont like is the one that was obviously supposed to be radio friendly. The name of it has left me. But its strong points are not as good as its predeccesors. I like the way that they blast it out on Theres a Fire better though. Even some nice little accoustic parts. But all in all I would choose The Strangest things. This is definately a quality CD, Longwave fan or not, and one that should be in your collection.
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