Demob Happy Announce Release of 2nd Album, ‘Holy Doom’

It’s as if Christmas came early this year; Newcastle-formed, Brighton-based trio Demob Happy have announced the release of their 2nd Studio Album ‘Holy Doom’ with SO Recordings for 23rd March 2018.

The title alone is at war with itself, contradicting the idea of pure, angelic holiness with the ashes of dark doom. From what has been released so far off the album, Demob Happy are blending these polar concepts into beautiful symphonies. The ‘Holy’ reflects the crisp, inter-twining vocals such as in ‘Dead Dreamers’; and the ‘Doom’? If you haven’t been forced into a scrunched face by the thick, fuzzy guitar solo in ‘Be Your Man’  then maybe you are truly rattled with a deep darkness. In the words of vocalist/bassist Matthew Marcantonio, “it’s about getting to know your duality, that there’s good and bad in you, and not hiding from either.  A spoonful of sugar is sickly, but with lemon it becomes bittersweet and something new altogether.”

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The 70’s-esque music video for ‘Be Your Man’, is the first off the new album; “We like old videos of bands on TV shows, they have this unorganised quality to them, before this standardised version of what a performer should do and how to act. It was looser and more care free, they took the piss out of it all,” states Marcantonio.

Here at Great Wave, March 2018 cannot come soon enough for the trio to release their punchiest collection yet. Pre-order the album here: https://demobhappy.lnk.to/HolyDoomPreOrder

‘Holy Doom’ Track-listing

1. Liar In Your Head
2. Be Your Man
3. Loosen It
4. Fake Satan
5. Runnin’ Around
6. I Wanna Leave (Alive)
7. Maker of Mine
8. Holy Doom
9. Spinning Out
10. Gods I’ve Seen
11. Fresh Outta Luck

Demob erupted onto the scene with the mouth-watering debut album ‘Dream Soda’ which spawned singles ‘Wash It Down’ & ‘Suffer You’ . They have kept busy since then performing at Reading & Leeds Festival, touring with Dinosaur Pile Up, a European tour with The Cribs set for December and Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes currently in the pipeline for March 2018.

Check out these dates here: http://www.demob-happy.com/

 

 

Best Album of 2017: IDLES ‘Brutalism’

I remember vividly the first time I came across IDLES; a regular everyday commute, sat among the other cogs within the wheel of society. Heel/Heal found its way onto my Spotify queue, and instantly filled me with a sense of unease and curiosity as the track opens with a woman’s echoed screech “NO SURRENDER”, followed by thundering drums and feedback. It cuts deep into your mind and body, filling you with this raw aggression only known to a fucking grizzly bear. What a way to open your debut album.

The unmistakable sound that IDLES have morphed combines powerful drums, vocals with more grit than an icy motorway, intense thrashing guitar, and bass lines that rattle the rib cage. All of which delivered at the speed of a boy-racer in his pimped Astra.

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The importance of this album goes even further; IT’S POLITICAL. A stand out track on the album Mother utters in anthem fashion “My Mother works 17 hours, 7 days a week” & “The best way to scare to a Tory is to read and get rich”. Divide & Conquer puts you under a dark spell of hypnosis, repeating “DIVIDE… DIVIDE… AND CONQUER” to an uneasy sludgy guitar chord, before cranking the tempo up to a million BPM. Punk has always had its toe dipped firmly in anti-establishment and leftist politics, as with The Clash during the late 70’s/early 80’s. Similarly, IDLES have before them a political landscape which for many is bleak and at best, unrepresentative of real issues. They have taken the stage to entertain (obviously), but also educate and slap sense into people with a loud, direct message of anger and frustration that, once heard, is almost impossible to ignore.

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1049 Gotho is a perfect example of the satire IDLES bring to the table with their music. Although the overriding lyric in the song is “MY FRIEND IS SO DEPRESSED, HE WISHES HE WAS DEAD” bringing a far more somber mood to the previous tracks, “MY FRIEND IS SO DEPRESSED, SHE WANTED TO HAVE SEX. I PISSED IN THE KITCHEN SINK, AS SHE SLOWLY UNDRESSED” just adds humour that works so well alongside deep motifs and feelings of political anguish.

Other stand out tracks include Well Done, Benzocaine & Exeter.

Why is Brutalism our choice for Album of the Year at Great Wave Magazine? Firstly, because it’s fucking sensational. Secondly… BECAUSE IT’S FUCKING SENSATIONAL. A third reason isn’t needed. If you haven’t already come across this gem of a band, you’re already playing catch up. Jump on the IDLES band wagon and ride it all the way to salvation. Or at least until you start shoving pin piercings in your ear and get pogo-ing with your finest Doc’s on.

Find releases and updates at their website http://www.idlesband.com and check them out on Spotify .

 

False Advertising Release New EP

Manchester-based band False Advertising are back, after releasing their new EP, ‘I Would Be so Much Happier If I Just Stopped Caring’ at the end of October.

The EP featured tracks that GreatWave had the pleasure of seeing live earlier this year, such as ‘Hey You’ and ‘It’s Been a While’, as well as singles ‘Not My Fault’ and ‘Honest’. The 5-track, studio-recorded EP is slightly heavier, with more grunge than indie sounds; not without losing their catchy noise-pop edge, though.

With powerful vocals, big distortion, tight drumrolls and heavy bass – the EP is definitely a head-banger anthem. But don’t let the cleaner sound fool you, it’s still a DIY EP to its core.

The EP has been released as a limited edition cassette, and a digital album available on bandcamp, or free to listen to on spotify.

Yizzy @ O2 Academy Islington

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Great Wave Mag talks to young, upcoming grime artist Yizzy, at the O2 Academy in Islington.

 

The crowd wasn’t what we expected for a grime set, as he was opening for teen American singer Billie Eilish. But after seeing Yizzy’s set with BBC Introducing at the O2 Academy Brixton (as the only grime artist there too), we were right in expecting the crowd to be hyped when he came on.

Having only started making music in 2016, it’s an understatement to say Yizzy is doing pretty well for himself. From getting attention with his track ‘Grime Kid’ last December, and releasing his debut EP ‘This Is Life’ in April this year, then his big set at the O2 Academy Brixton in front of thousands, an advert with Nike this month, and now with a new EP coming soon, the grime artist has come up fast.

At the O2 Academy Islington, Great Wave Mag were invited backstage before the show, so we spoke to the 17-year-old grime artist from Lewisham about his experience with BBC Introducing, Red Bull’s Grime-a-side, and what’s next for Yizzy.

Watch the interview here, and see more of Yizzy on his Youtube channel

Less than 3 days until their first album ‘CHEW’ drops, Muskets singer Cheung takes time to talk to Great Wave Mag.

Yo, I’m Cheung – I do vocals and play guitar in Muskets.

  •  Talk me through the journey of the band so far? 

So we released an EP called SPIN in 2015 through Venn Records, it was a great time. Through that we did countless DIY tours in basements, houses and small venues to like-minded punk and emo fans and created some incredible memories and also formed some great friendships.

  • Is the band signed?

We’re signed to No Sleep Records and have been since earlier this year. They’re a wicked label and were one of the labels we aspired to be on when we were younger, which is cool. Their new roster is also sick; Looming, Hot Mulligan, Julia Louise, Daisyhead, Pine, Aviator and Able Baker Fox to name a few, being a part of this new wave of No Sleep artists is sick, check them out.

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  •  Who have you been on tour with?

We’ve been on tour with some really cool bands, our old friends; The New Tusk, Broadbay and Beachtape shared some of our favorite tours during the SPIN release. Since then we’ve done tours with Tigers Jaw, Culture Abuse, Creeper and Moose Blood and we’re up for ignoring real life by jumping in the van and travelling around, playing shows and getting fucked together and stuff, you know.

  • Chewing Gum. Will it be put on an EP or even an album?

Chewing Gum, 17 Years and You’re So Cool are all going to feature on our debut album ‘CHEW’ which is being released through No Sleep Records on 20th October.

  •  What are the bands plans for near future?

We’re heading out on a co-headline run with Wallflower on 25th to 29th October. Check out the poster below.

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Go listen to Muskets emofuzzness on Spotify, and follow them on Instagram & Facebook for updates and news.

The Orielles @ The 100 Club

Great Wave Mag met with The Orielles back stage, before they unleashed a barrage of dreamy surf-rock upon the intimate crowd inside the 100 Club. A venue with such history and uniqueness is truly a great testimony to the potential of this band.

The Orielles consist of sisters Esme-Dae (Bass/Vocals) & Sidonie (Drums), with Henry providing his services for lead guitar. Henry has been friends with the sisters ever since the age of nine, the age when they first began to jam. But the band is still rather new, only officially existing the past 2/3 years.

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The 100 Club doesn’t seem to intimidate the band, their calm exteriors let you know they have what it takes to put such a prestigious venue under their belts. It feels really good to be playing here, Sidonie added; I’ve heard a lot of decent punk bands have played here which is cool.

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Their surf side is inspired by The Beach Boys and more modern surf sounds like Pixies, but the extra ingredient in their recent vibe derives from their interest in post-punk, disco and funk genres with The Orielles twist added on.

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Delighting the crowd with a range of tracks from older material such as Joey Says We Got it, Just like Glue & Jobin as well as their new track Sugar Tastes Like Salt & I Only Bought It For The Bottle, which delves into their fascination with funk and acid house, while still retaining their specific sound. We’ve come a long way from playing Green Day covers, Henry says; still yearn for them days. Who would have guessed that?