Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL
March 28, 2009
“We have always wanted to play this venue ever since we saw a show here for the first time years ago,” exclaimed singer Steve Schiltz of Longwave in between songs in the band’s set. Well, guys…Congratulations! You made it! I had no clue what to expect when Longwave walked out on stage to begin warming up the crowd for headliners Bloc Party at the Aragon Ballroom last weekend. However, as soon as the four-piece band from New York finished their opening number, I then understood why Longwave was chosen as the support act for the Bloc Party tour.Their sound is reminiscent of Bloc Party, which I believe is a very good thing. When you think about it, the majority of the crowd was at the show to see Bloc Party. So if you happened to get there early enough to watch the opening band, as a fan of BP, you’d probably hope that the support band would sound similar to the headliner you came to see.
More photos of Longwave after the jump!
I have Longwave’s latest album Secrets Are Sinister, but had not listened to it before going to see the band last Saturday. I know, I know – I feel like a horrible person for not checking them out earlier. But honestly, sometimes seeing a band perform their music live before listening to their record can really affect whether I like the songs or not. That being said, I was quite content watching Longwave perform live in concert for the first time. It gave me the opportunity I needed to just chill out and take a listen to their music. And now the guys in Longwave have a fan in me.
Please remember, whatever I say here is just my honest and personal observation from the show. Do NOT take anything I say to heart. You could totally disagree with me, and that is fine! Now that I got my disclaimer out of the way, I want to make a few remarks. First of all, I thought the lead singer of Longwave (Steve Schiltz) sounded just like Ben Gibbard, the lead singer of Death Cab for Cutie. For me, that was a plus, because I am a big fan of Death Cab. Second of all, I thought Schiltz looked very much like Chris Martin from Coldplay (if Chris had a fro). That was also a plus, because I am a huge fan of Coldplay. Thirdly, like I said before, Longwave’s sound and style reminded me of Bloc Party. Obviously, this is a plus because it made waiting for the headliner to come out that much more enjoyable. I can never understand why so many support acts on tours sound NOTHING like the headliner. One more thing: The guitarist for Longwave (Shannon Ferguson) was not in attendance for the Chicago show because he was about to become a daddy. Now that to me is a damn good excuse to miss a show.
More photos of Longwave:
*Not photographed: Jason Molina (drums)