London based Witching Waves are a post-punk/indie pop duo that trade in music influenced by the likes of Sonic Youth, Beat Happening and Tiger Trap. ‘Fear Of Falling Down’ is the band’s debut LP and is evocative of their DIY roots: recorded on to 8 track tape, their sound here is lo-fi but detailed, echoing 60s pop and garage with an obvious nod to the DIY underground.
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 12 December 2014
More fabbo guitar music for you. I’m reviewing this off the internet as the copies we’ve had in have sold out, and what does that tell you? It tells you it’s good, that’s what. Their hit is the third track here, ‘Better Run’, which is one of those things you could swear you’ve heard before. A coagulation of gritty guitars, male/female vocals and the kind of hooks that sink their teeth into you and won’t let go. They’ve already put three tapes out, one of which was called, delightfully, ‘Concrete’, and they peddle a brand of indie pop that seems to sit right in the mid point between Beat Happening and Sonic Youth -- if such a place exists.
They are rough, they are ready and they have a lively sorta semi-live sound that will remind you of all the scratty groups from ya youth. ‘Cold Out’ is like a 2 piece Warpaint recording in a kettle. When the man sings they sound like when the man sings in The Cannanes, all wordy delivery and distorted guitars. Have they heard Crabstick? I hope so. ‘Counterpoint’ veers into Warm Widow territory except for the vocal which is sweet in a Virginia Wing style. Have I mentioned enough good bands yet? I hope so. A great, gritty ‘n’ tuneful lo-fi racket. Go seek!
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