Fizzy Blood release new single Pink Magic.

Leeds fuzz-outfit Fizzy Blood are back with their latest single, Pink Magic.  Fresh from a tour supporting Spring King during January/February, the 5 piece band have carved out their musical direction with a pleasurable wrath of introspective themes and anthemic ambition. Pink Magic is a rich tapestry: flicks of gold harmonies, strokes of assertive drum rhythms, and gently coated in the quaint vocals from frontman Benji Inkley.

In comparison to previous tracks released, such as Haunted & ADHD; Pink Magic shows a pop sensibility within the groups brash-DIY style. It’s certainly gaining them attention as the track has been played by BBC Radio 1’s Dan Carter and Huw Stephens.

“Pink Magic is probably the easiest song we’ve ever written. It kind of just fell into our laps when together we were messing around with a Korg, we got a bit of a trance-like groove going and just decided to see how far we could take that before it became boring We never found the answer, instead we got Pink Magic.

The lead guitar part, which at the time I didn’t know was gonna become Pink Magic, came about when I was messing around with a musical phone in the call centre I worked in at the time. Each key was assigned adifferent pitch and pressing them in the order of a phone number pulled from the Hull phone book gives you the melody you hear in the intro​”
– Paul Howells, Guitar

An EP is soon to follow later this year on the bands record label, Killing Moon.

Catch Fizzy Blood live as they melt minds with their own brand of pop-punk meets succulent, synthy jams;

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Demob Happy ‘Holy Doom’ Review

Brighton-based Demob Happy return with 11 tracks overflowing with hip-thrusting grooves, sending even the most sensible of us into a sexually-carnivorous rage.

The album opens with ‘Liar in Your Head’, a riff-heavy/ooo-lah-lah melody, which sounds as if it were sculpted from clay by Josh Homme immediately after a worldwide orgy. It certainly sets the tempo of the album, and bolsters the bands perfected sound as a rejuvenated 3-piece. Arguably the leading single so far, ‘Be Your Man’ follows and delves deeper into the psych-sex dungeon, experimenting with 3 part harmonies, distortion fuzzier than the upper lip of Ron Swanson, and unrelenting pop-hooks.

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‘Be Your Man’ Music Video

The provocative lyrics in ‘I Wanna Leave (Alive),’ ooze confidently lustful conquests, and dark soul searching; the band’s harmony on the chorus excites you more than your mum watching 50 Shades of Grey. The next track, ‘Maker of Mine’, features octaves of orgasm from Adam Godfrey’s guitar.

Of course the single, ‘Holy Doom’ of, ‘Holy Doom’, begins with an ambient build-up, and a drum roll introduces a short but sweet guitar solo. The whole single entices you with its high-pitched vocals, and a psychedelic fuzz from the guitar increasing as the song continues.

Despite the line-up change, the band’s second studio album has gifted fans with something relatable, gratifying and set a precedent for what Demob are capable of. Holy Doom? Holy Damn, what an album.

Listen to the album on Spotify now.

TERRY TALKS: AUSTRALIAN PSYCH-ROCKERS REVEAL A LOVE FOR JIMI HENDRIX AND GOOD TOMATOES.

-Give us a history lesson of the band to the point you are at now.

We were all hanging out all the time anyway as Al and I were in a few other bands together, so we figured we might as well just start another band that includes our partners as they are much better at everything than anyone else we know. We had worked with Upset The Rhythm in the past and it was a pleasure so we made a record and sent it to them and they agreed it would do. We wanted to see a bit more of the UK and Europe so we then pressured UTR into booking a particularly difficult tour which excluded anywhere that might pay well tour or be unable to grow good tomatoes with the exception of Copenhagen, and then another record and another tour etc etc…

-What are the influences on your sound?

Living in the nasty colonial comedy/horrorshow that is Australia is probably #1 influential experience. After that Jimi Hendrix and Nina Simone.

-What were some of your experiences recording the Remember Terry Album?

We played 3 of the songs too fast on the day we were recording live drums and basic guitar tracks so we had to go back later and make them electronic songs. We spent way too much time doing too many overdubs  then of course had to scrap all of that nonsense. The room had very intense afternoon sun which always upped the stressed levels quite a bit at this time.

-Is there a DIY ethic within the band?

We do almost everything ourselves, not really out of some particularly righteous DIY morality but just because recording at home is cheap and easy. We are also precariously employed and would rather spend our hard earned cash on rent and Singapore noodles. There’s basically no difference in the quality of a song whether its recorded for a million bucks or a tenner, the songs just gotta be good. The things we can’t do can be outsourced to other precariously employed people, like mastering, pressing and printing.

-If you were a cover band, what band would you imitate?

ABBA.

-How does the song writing dynamic of the band work?

A bit of everything really, usually someone makes a demo then we all figure out bits and learn it at practice.

-All members are also involved in other projects, how do you find splitting the time and does it effect Terry?

Splitting ideas can be based on whichever band is actually active at the time if the song isn’t already obviously suited to one act. Suprisingly we dont have too much trouble with overlapping shows or tours, Some bands just deactivate occasionally like when someone heads off overseas to have a baby or something.

-What’s in the pipeline at the moment for Terry? Tour? Another EP? Another Album?

We just finished recording album number 3 and are currently booking US/EU tours which will hopefully line up with the albums release.

-Interests outside of music/pass times? Politics/sport/cooking?

Our lives outside music are best represented by this description of our activities today: Xanthe is currently compiling the class timetables for the Victorian College Of The Arts. Al is helping people move house or take their expired whitegoods to the tip. Amy is mixing up hundreds of litres of paint for someones house and after this interview i will photograph advertisement posters around the city to help an advertising company explain their relevance to another company that has paid them to do so. Later on we will probably all watch some winter olympics.

-What bands are you listening to at the moment?

The Green Child, EXEK, Primo, Heldon, Snake And Friends.

-What one thing could you not live without?

 Good tomatoes, if there were only bad ones I would be so disappointed i would just give up and die.

Go listen to Terry on their website and enjoy : https://terryhq.bandcamp.com/album/remember-terry

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.