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.


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?

Proletariat deliver a post-punk beauty with their latest single ‘Ignorance’ and gave Great Wave Mag a few words.

  • Introduce the band, Where you from? Age? How long you been together?
Proletariat consists of James Cummins (21) on Vocals and Rhythm guitar, Connor Dolan (23) on Lead, Aaron Hall (19) on bass, and Luke O’Reilly (18) on the kit. We’re all from Mossley and Saddleworth, the land of many hills and interesting sounds.
We played our first gig back in August 2016, on the 19th at a venue called Aatma. Although Luke didn’t join us until November time for our first gig with This Feeling. He was actually the drummer for the band we supported during our first gig and the deal was made outside a club called 42s in the city centre. Funnily enough we’ve just marked our first year anniversary with a sold-out headline show at Soup Kitchen which was actually slightly oversold. It’s surreal to think of how this past year has played out, we never ever imagined it.
  • Signed/unsigned?
We’re unsigned, all our own thing at the minute. No management, no label, no publishers.

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  • Whats the inspirations behind the new single?
Ignorance is a story about someone battling the demons of mental illness, and the chorus exemplifies the outcry of the sheer amount of people out there who sadly need help. There’s been a huge increase in awareness over recent years, and social media sites like Twitter can often be a godsend for people. But it still seems like people are suffering in silence, this song was a token of respect to them – it’s our implicit attempt to let them know they’re not alone.
  • What’s coming up for the band? Gigs, tour, studio time?
We’ve got plenty coming up! Here are our dates (below) and there WILL definitely be some studio time, although we can’t say what for just yet.

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Gulliver’s, Manchester (Supporting Baby Strange) – September 20th

ULU, London (Supporting Cabbage) – October 5th

The Met Lounge, Peterborough (Supporting Cabbage) – October 6th

Academy 2, Manchester (This Feeling Alive Tour) – October 8th

Church, Dundee (Supporting Cabbage) – October 11th

PJ Molloys, Dunfermline (Supporting Cabbage) – October 12th

Inside Out, Darlington (Supporting Cabbage) – October 13th

The Drawing Room, Barrow (Supporting Cabbage) – October 14th

Kagoule lead singer/guitarist Cai chats to Great Wave Magazine about the bands formation, recording ‘Urth’, an upcoming EP & progress on their 2nd Album.

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Ben: Give me an introduction to Kagoule, where are you from and how did everything come to be?

Cai: We’re from Nottingham. We’ve been playing together, starting in school, for about 7 years or so. But as a band I’d say 5 years.

Ben: So you’ve been as band for a while to be fair. What were the main inspirations for the Kagoule sound and what came across on your album Urth?

Cai: We wrote a lot of our earlier material from Urth when we were younger, songs like Made of Concrete we were only like 15 so we went in making our first album with a lot old songs, like stuff we’ve had around. When we first started out we got a review from one of our gigs where someone had said we sounded like the Pixies and the Smashing Pumpkins and I hadn’t really listened to them bands before, so I think we definitely took inspiration from those bands after listening to them too. It all kind of comes across on the record.

Ben: So what has inspired you this time round for the 2nd album?

Cai: I Like to find a new world to dive into, at the moment I’m into folk music, so i guess there’s one sort of folky song on the new record.

Ben: Aha, are you gunna go for grungey folk tunes?

Cai: Aw yeh that’d be great aha, I can’t think of anything worse. What would that be like?

Ben: Mumford and sons meets Soundgarden?

Cai: Oh man that’s a scary thought, might have to parody that a lil bit.

Ben: Are you guys signed at the moment? 

Cai: No we’re currently unsigned, but we did our first album with a label called Earache Records. Doing it ourselves this time, but we’re hoping to get a label involved for this one at some stage.

Ben: Are you preferring the DIY approach to this album in comparison to the last?

Cai: Both sides have their ups and downs, like walls you run into when you’re unsigned you haven’t got the money sometimes, but then you just have to make it work with what you have. With a label there is a lot more restrictions but again benefits like tour support, a decent platform to put your record out and even to have the name itself to go along with your work. But yeh totally enjoying ourselves at the moment, having loads of fun with it.

Ben: How was TRUCK festival?

Cai: Yeh man, was so so muddy. Was good though, first outdoor festival we’ve played all year. It really started raining heavy just before our set which worked in our favour playing in a tent, people came in to get out of the rain and ended up seeing us to aha. Drew in a decent crowd.

Ben: Have you got plans for an EP before the album or are you investing everything into the album?

Cai: Good question aha, we’re planning at the moment to release a single soon. Doing an animated music video for the first time, our drummer Malcolm does all our artwork so getting him to do the animation with an old friend we have. We got a tour in November, a few more singles to come out but this one will just get the ball moving again.
Ben: Whats the title for the single?
Cai: Monsieur Atomoton, cant really pronounce it but its Mr in french.

Ben: What kind of vibe has the song got? Heavy, Slow?
Cai: Oh this ones more on the heavier side of the album for sure, it’s a fun one live we’ve playing a few new songs in our sets for the past 5 months, you learn how to play them best when you just chuck it in your set and see how the crowd reacts to it. It’s not released yet but it seems to go down really well.

Photo Credits: http://www.jampondphotography.com/