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Interview:
Longwave: You Can't Keep A Good Band Down
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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When Brooklyn’s Longwave got together to record its third album, “Secrets Are Sinister,” it started by working on a song called “Life is Wrong” — which is about how the quartet felt at that point.

After two major label albums, Longwave was wracked with debt and malaise, the departure of two band members and the end of its recording contract.

The group decided to go on hiatus, and singer-guitarist Steve Schlitz acknowledges there was a fear that would become a more permanent break.

“I went through a period where I wasn’t sure if people wanted to hear our songs — that was tough,” recalls Schlitz, 30. “We weren’t under a contract anymore, so we didn’t have to do it again. And nobody was asking us when (another album) was going to be done except for people that liked the band — which was nice, but it wasn’t like the world was clamoring for it.

“It just came down to whether or not we wanted to do it again. We decided we still liked playing together, and bands make records. Once we decided we still wanted to be a band, we went forward.”

During that interim, Schlitz also was able to refresh himself by touring with Albert Hammond, Jr., the guitarist from the Strokes who released his first solo album in 2007.

“We’ve all known Albert for years, and Longwave played with the Strokes a lot of years ago,” Schlitz says. “It was a lot of fun, and very low pressure for me. I’d have two glasses of wine and just play guitar solos.

“So it was great. On the other hand, it was also that I needed a job again, and that was as good a job as any. But I definitely enjoyed it, and it kept me in good shape for (Longwave).”



Longwave and the Silent Years perform Thursday (Dec. 18) at the Pike Room in the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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