It probably started as a classic sounding story. Former Longwave front-man Steve Schiltz
- isolated, alone - penning stripped down songs on an acoustic guitar for purposes, none greater than himself. Soon the story behind the music would become a bit more formal - a name dubbed Hurricane Bells
, and an album's worth of woozy, atmospheric titles called Tonight is the Ghost
. A few shows would thicken the plot, with the mother of all licensing deals (um, a spot on the New Moon OST
), and a label solidifying the need to take it to the masses. So that's what Schiltz has been doing. In fact, he's currently touring with collaborator Ashen Keilyn
in support of the album. Yet I suspect the heart of Hurricane Bells lies somewhere in the deconstructed, acoustic splendor of the duo's performance in the Guest Apartment, though we'll let you be the judge of that. - David Pitz
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.