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Meet Steve Schiltz of Hurricane Bells

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Hurricane Bells I Photo by Mayumi Nashida
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Huddled in the gloom of his apartment in Brooklyn, Steve Schiltz, lead singer of the indie rock band Longwave began writing songs that didn't really fit with his current band's guitar heavy, rock aesthetic. These were mellow songs that were meant to be played in the quiet of the late evening hours. So Schiltz created Hurricane Bells, named after the big, heavy bells that are hung in trees to warn of impending doom. Well, at least stormy weather.

In between tours, Schiltz would began writing, recording, and mixing what would become his debut solo album Tonight Is The Ghost. And by solo we really mean solo. Everything on the album from the vocals, to the guitar, to the drums, are all Steve. The tragedy of it is that if someone records an album in their living room, it's very unlikely that the world will hear it, no matter how good it is without a major stroke of luck.

The stroke in question was delivered by director, Chris Weitz, who decided to put Hurricane Bells' "Monsters," a track that didn't even make it onto the record, into this tiny little film called New Moon. With the sheer might of the Twilight franchise behind it, Schiltz' side project was launched into the stratosphere and he quickly had to find a band, a label, and start touring. We called him last week when he was lost in the wilds of Texas somewhere near Lubbock. Here is some of what was said.

Hurricane Bells - "This Year"