Longwave - Secrets Are Sinister: First Listen

New York rockers Longwave are opening up the (sorry, sold out!) Bloc Party show at the 9:30 Club on Sunday, March 22, and were gracious enough to give me a preview of the recently released Secrets Are Sinister. The album, released on Original Signal Recordings, is their fourth studio album and their first since 2005.

Secrets Are Sinister is steeped in the sound of 90s shoegazers like Catherine Wheel and My Bloody Valentine, thanks in part to the twin guitars of vocalist Steve Schiltz and Shannon Ferguson, but offers a more contemporary and melodic take on the sound a la the Silversun Pickups. Tracks like Sirens in the Deep Sea and No Direction display the band's versatility, with soaring vocals and shrieking guitars strongly reminiscent of English prog rockers Muse. The band flexes its muscles and showcases the rhythm section of drummer Jason Molina and bassist Morgan King on Eyes Like Headlights and No I Don't Dare.

If you can manage to beg, borrow or steal a ticket to Sunday night's show, arrive early enough to check out what will undoubtedly be a strong opening set.

Photo courtesy of the band and Original Signal Recordings.