Hurricane Bells

After touring in support of Longwave’s fourth album, Secrets Are Sinister, frontman Steve Schiltz took some time off to record a solo set of songs. The music was mellow, nocturnal, and atmospheric, a far cry from Longwave's steamroller indie rock. Working quickly, Schiltz recorded the material in his basement -- pulling triple duty as composer, musician, and sound engineer -- and prepared to release an album under the moniker Hurricane Bells. Two months before the album’s scheduled release, though, “Monsters” appeared on the platinum-selling soundtrack to New Moon, the second installment of the popular Twilight movie series. The resulting attention transformed Hurricane Bells from a small side project into a genuine buzz band, and Schiltz spent the bulk of 2010 touring behind the group's debut, Tonight Is the Ghost. ~ Andrew Leahey

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