Longwave

There's a Fire

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Longwave fought against misunderstanding from the beginning; initially,

they were often mislabeled as part of the early-2000s neo-garage scene

just because of their environs (NYC) and the company they kept (the

Strokes). This couldn't have been further from the truth, as their first

two albums were shoegazer-friendly affairs that betrayed a fondness for

the textured guitar sounds of Ride, the Stone Roses, and the Smiths.

THERE'S A FIRE is a great leap forward from those already-impressive

beginnings. An expanded sonic palette that includes a wider variety of

guitar and keyboard tones, and a greater emphasis on song form place

Longwave's third full-length (there were a couple of transitional EP's

along the way) closer to the realms of the Flaming Lips or Arcade Fire,

against whom the New York trio stacks up favorably. It doesn't hurt that

Stone Roses/Radiohead producer John Leckie is on board to help shape the band's undeniably Brit-influenced sound.

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