Second record of DIY post-punk from Witching Waves, a London-based trio. The vocals pass back and forth between Emma Wigham and Mark Jasper, while a tightly-strung instrumental storm is kicked up beneath them. Fuzzy and anxious, but with an indie-pop sensibility. Released on the Soft Power label: only 300 vinyl copies available!
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 02 March 2016
I remember this lot, I liked their earlier ‘Fear of Falling Down’ LP which sold out in roughly the time it would take you to eat a super noodle.
They are a three piece from that London and they do DIY post punk. They start in thrilling style with ‘Twister’ which is a slab of Sleater Kinney ish noise rock with guitars taken from the Sonic Youth book of mangling but if I thought I liked that I wasn’t prepared for ‘Seeing Double’ which almost, almost comes close to making me reassess my view of Warm Widow being Britland’s top noise skewers. How do guitars become this nasty? They are almost chewable as they skirl around the track. Not content with making a racket they add a pop chorus and a Fugazi-ish shout bit to boot. Like their previous album they do quieter songs too. ‘Red Light Loop’ strikes somewhere towards Beat Happening/K Records territory and when the girl sings they can be very sweet, I particularly like the one chord drone of 'Red Light' which brings some much needed economy into their work, the guitars are as scary as getting lost in the back streets of Sheffield, the drums rudimentary but effective.
There’s the odd overly discordant bit and a hint of 3rd-on-the-bill-at-a-Wharf Chambers-all-dayer section but otherwise Witching Waves have made another fine record of skewed guitar melodies and propulsive noise pop.
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