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.