Longwave Flips Lineup, Readies New Album

New York rock act Longwave will release its third album, "There's a Fire," June 28 via RCA.

New York rock act Longwave will release its third album, "There's a Fire," June 28 via RCA. The 12-song set was produced by John Leckie (Radiohead, Stone Roses); an MP3 of album track "River (Depot Song)" can be sampled on the group's official Web site.

"There's a Fire" was recorded without drummer Mike James and bassist Dave MArchese, who left the band in the summer of 2004. In the studio, bass duties were shared by lead singer Steve Schiltz and guitarist Shannon Ferguson, while Nic Brown filled in on drums and Jeff Sheinkopf added keyboards, guitar and vocals. The band's rhythm section is now staffed by bassist Paul Dillon and drummer Jason Molina.

The new album evinces a bit more of a rock edge than its 2003 predecessor, "The Strangest Things," particularly on the uncharacteristically heavy, two-and-a-half-minute "We're Not Gonna Crack" and the U2-leaning closer "Underneath You Know the Names."

"There's a Fire" was recorded at Allaire Studios in upstate New York, a facility that was built in the 1920s for Pittsburgh's industrial tycoons.

"The first night we got there, we stopped twice on the driveway, calling them on our cell phones because we thought we were lost," Schiltz says. "The driveway alone takes like ten minutes to just get up - and we're in a van, hauling a trailer up these hairpin turns. It was foggy too, and finally we come to these metal gates that open up, right there in the fog. It was like a haunted mansion."

Longwave will begin a short North American tour June 13 in Los Angeles.

Here are Longwave's tour dates:

June 13: Los Angeles (Spaceland)
June 14: Los Angeles (Cine Space)
June 15: San Francisco (Cafe Du Nord)
June 18: Vancouver (Media Club)
June 19: Seattle (Triple Door)
June 22: Denver (Larimer Lounge)
June 24: Minneapolis (7th Street Entry)
June 25: Chicago (Empty Bottle)
June 29: New York (Bowery Ballroom)