Steve Schiltz - aka Hurricane Bells - explains his solo debut, Tonight is the Ghost, as a "late night kind of record". In this exclusive interview, Schiltz talks about the origins of the album, and the stunning success he's experienced so far.
Hurricane Bells - a new project from Steve Schiltz, the singer and guitarist of Longwave for nearly ten years - has been garnering serious attention lately for a relatively new and largely unknown band after an album b-side, "Monsters," was chosen for the soundtrack of the second film in the Twilight franchise, New Moon. Suddenly Schiltz's bedroom (or basement, technically) project, which he had originally planned on self-releasing, was part of one of the most talked about current pop culture phenomena.
Hurricane Bells began when after touring the better part of the last year around Longwave's fourth album Secrets Are Sinister (a critical success and arguably the best of the band's career), Schiltz set up shop to create a new project with little else than his MacBook and an Mbox. Writing, playing, recording, and mixing every note himself, he arranged what would become Hurricane Bells' debut, Tonight Is The Ghost. Some songs were fully crafted within the past 18 months, while others are newly architected from pieces written throughout his years as a songwriter.
Tonight Is The Ghost is a moody, gorgeous mix of somber undercurrents and chiming guitars bathed in echo and reverb. Running the musical gamut from hauntingly melancholic ("This Year", "Tenterhooks") to driving, guitar-jangling pop ("This Is A Test", "Darkness Is So Deep") to mournful, lovely atmospheric ballads ("I Can't Remember", "Tonight I'm Going To Be Like A Shooting Star"), the songs are all linked by a distinctive late-night feel that threads a certain ease and soulfulness throughout the album.