Auckland's Wax Chattels are excited to announce the upcoming release of their debut album.
The eponymous LP will be released on May 18 via Flying Nun Records and Captured Tracks.
Wax Chattels create darkly hypnotic and frenetic music that's both rhythmically complex and sinister. If that paints any sort of aural picture, it comes as no surprise that the song "Gillian," their homage to X-Files star Gillian Anderson, was roundly endorsed by the ex-punk actress herself on social media before the band had even played shows outside of their home country or received any support from larger press outlets.
Peter Ruddell (26, keyboards/vocals), Amanda Cheng (26, bass/vocals) and Tom Leggett (22, drums) met studying Jazz Performance at the University of Auckland, and started Wax Chattels a few years later. Since that time they have honed their live-shows into something that is not to be missed - it was after a particularly insane live performance that they were signed by both Captured Tracks and Flying Nun Records on the spot. The band say "we want to play shows that make people feel uncomfortable. The goal is to leave the audience feeling slightly altered, like they have experienced, not just heard or seen something."
Composing together, Wax Chattels worked up their material for a year before recording. "We tracked the songs as a live band to capture the energy of the live show, restricting ourselves to instruments which we play live and keeping all production to a minimum to focus on the band sound itself."
Pre-order Wax Chattels here.