“Air Waves performs unassuming folk-pop songs that partake of a bittersweet nostalgia. Schneit’s high, watery voice isn’t conventionally pretty, but it’s a powerfully intimate instrument.” – Time Out New York
9/10 Philadelphia, PA – Live on WKDU @ 1pm EST
9/11 Oberlin, OH – Oberlin College
9/12 Detroit, MI – TBA
9/13 Richmond, IN – Earlham College
9/14 Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle
9/16 Hot Springs, AR – The Exchange w/ The Most Wonderful People Ever
9/17 Austin, TX – Emo’s w/ The Beets, YellowFever
9/18 Denton, TX – J & J Pizza w/ The Beets, Fungi Girls, The Jesus Furs
9/19 Memphis, TN – Bucanner w/ The Beets, Girls of Gravitron, Jessica Jones
9/21 Athens, GA – Secret Squirrel w/ The Beets, Titans of Filth
9/22 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506 w/ The Beets, Still Flyin
9/23 Washington, D.C. – Big Bear Cafe w/ The Beets, Eternal Summers
9/24 Baltimore, MD – Windup Space
Air Waves is hitting the road with fellow Brooklynites, the sunny, effortless garage rockers The Beets. Air Waves will be doing a live instudio performance on Philadelphia’s WKDU on September 10th @ 1pm EST, and they will be visiting the Daytrotter studio on September 15th.
When Pitchfork’s Guest List asked Dan Deacon what his favorite new band is, his reply may sum up Nicole Schneit’s of Air Waves music best, “The music she writes is like a favorite blanket wrapped around you.”
The Brooklyn based songwriter first found solace in her guitar, composing escapist songs with fantastical stories and catchy choruses. Not wanting to be tagged as strictly a singer-songwriter and desiring a full-band sound, in 2007 Schneit teamed up with fellow Brooklynites taking on the name Air Waves. A few band member changes later, Air Waves is hitting the road with Scott Rosenthal and Dan Bryer. A medley of folk, rock, pop, and country, Air Waves serves up fantastic imagery with unforgettable melodies with named influences such as Neil Young, The Clean, and the Velvet Underground. Passive towards trends, image, genre and all things on the periphery of being in a rock band, there is a genuineness in Nicole’s voice that echoes throughout every aspect of Air Waves, cutting straight to the essentials of communicating something larger than words.
Critics have labeled Air Waves as everything from sparse pop to folky punk, a sign that Air Waves does what every great band in their time has managed to do – find a way to be both comfortable and compelling in being themselves while creating a body of work beyond genre classification. Already in a short time span Air Waves have not only made a name for themselves in Brooklyn, but elsewhere by touring extensively down both the East and West coast sharing the stage with such notable acts like Cat Power, Songs: Ohio, Beach House, Dan Deacon and The Rapture to name a few.
Recorded by Baltimore producer Chester Gwazda (Ecstatic Sunshine) in a Long Island basement, their debut self-titled EP (Catbird Records) features five songs, without a single misstep or wasted moment. Schneit has a voice that creeps up on you, the sort of subtle but infectious haziness and rasp that turns an understated melody into something that echoes with depth and nostalgia.
“Nicole Schneit’s Air Waves write the kind of songs that embed themselves in your subconscious’ soundtrack and emerge regularly in the guise of melodies you whistle and hum without knowing exactly where you first heard them.” – Impose Magazine
“Folk gets mentioned a lot in conjunction with Air Waves, but elements of country and rock have also been assimilated into their sound. There’s a wonderful quiver to Schneit’s fragile vocals, which adds a deeply sad undertow to her songs. Air Waves make perfect Sunday afternoon music.” – Prefix Magazine
“Air Waves, traffics in folk music of an appealing, elemental sort…” – The A.V. Club
“I haven’t met Nicole, but I think the punk in her might hate the word ‘enchanting’. But that’s kind of what she is…” – John Norris, L Magazine
“One of the many impressive things about this group is their lack of pretension. There are no wild fashion statements or rambling declarations to the audience, just music, and good music at that.” – Austin Statesman
Air Waves EP
4. Shine On
Air Waves – http://www.myspace.com/airwavesmusic
The Beets – http://www.myspace.com/thebeetsbeat