WCF was a band from Babylon formed around 1997 by Mike Longo and Brian Funk. They were an interesting and very melodic band, and they had this crossover thing happening inasmuch as they played with any bands, on any shows... and never really seemed to out of place. Their music was kind of pop, kind of indie, so they could fit in on Punk shows, Ska shows, emo shows and shows with the poppy sort of thing that would be going on at Mulcahey's or The Downtown. The band always seemed kind of aloof to it and always just seemed pretty happy just to be playing.
They formed while the members were all in high school and quickly started churning out melodic tunes. To this day, I don't know what the name WCF means. I've been told it was an inside joke which really isn't worth repeating, so it shall remain a mystery to the universe. The band included Longo and Funk as well as Tom Gambino on guitar, Dave Ferraro on bass and Dan Lazerek on drums. I'm pretty sure that Tim Ruggeri from ASOB and Channel 59 and Paulie Wozniak from Mad Circle also both were drumming at some point. They were usually compared to Weezer, which the music only beared a very mild association with due to both bands being poppy and melodic. They definitely could have fit in and played more shows with the emo bands of the time, but as I mentioned they just seemed kind of detached. Or high. It certainly could have been the latter!
I only saw the band a handful of times. I think at some church in Babylon and The Rock Lobster in Glen Head. I remember playing a show with them at Ground Zero and really being blown away by how well they used 3 guitar players and how good they sounded.
Years later, I was playing a show at Mr. Beery's and the sound guy there gave me the 'What's Up?' nod as if we knew one another. He did look familiar but I couldn't place him immediately. A few months go by and while I'm doing this blog, my bassist Bill suggests the band My Summer to play with us at a show and mentions that I may know the singer who also is the sound guy at Beery's. I checked the stuff out on their bandcamp site (and it is great, by the way) and I realize I know the guy. The singer is Mike Longo.
WCF broke up in 2000 and I'm not sure what happened to all of the members. Brian Funk and Dave Ferraro formed Ace Green and and are currently in Project Nairb. Mike Longo did a lot of solo recordings, and as mentioned formed My Summer in 2005 with Joe Lambiaso from Bookstore.
I had mentioned to Mike that I was doing this blog and I had none of WCF's music and remembered it pretty fondly. He was glad to help out so, thanks go to Mike for getting me WCF's Who's Listening and their 2000 demos as well. Enjoy it.
WCF - "Who's Listening" and "WCF 2000"
Here is the band's myspace: www.myspace.com/wcf