Michael Bradley (vocals), Marc Gibbs (guitar), Andrew Magee (drums) and Firoze Salim (bass/keys) from London in England combine to form the synth-wave band Longwave Club.
With a couple of handfuls of gigs behind them Longwave Club also aim to provide those who don’t get to see them live with sounds to hear, which as you know always wins my vote. Having had the opportunity to run through tracks dating back to early this year, along with their two most recent pieces they have demonstrated the ability to shift parameters combining brit-pop with synths and a hint of psychedelia and have already shown themselves to be able song-writers.
Longwave Club deliver enticing layers of textures within their sounds which, although on the surface are Radio friendly, seek to add commentary on confusions of life, which provides a genuine link between band and audience.
Dominating the compositions are the analogue keys, which give the out-put a warmth that flows easily, the guitars and percussion allow the quartet to add spine to the structures and the vocal expresses the context in a manner that reminds me of the dead-pan of Steve Strange / Gary Numan et al and this gives the resulting music it’s impact, which raises the out-fit above the bar.
I look forward to hearing more of Longwave Club, particularly of their earlier direction of travel, which seems to have a more relaxed feel than the newer tracks. Which probably means – commercially – they should completely ignore what I like best of their work, but as ever, I always prefer the more natural connectivity, over production value.
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