Love Thy Neighbour Presents:
Auckland's Wax Chattels ( Captured Tracks / Flying Nun Records) bring their intense and energetic live show to Brighton for the first time. Dark, frenetic post-punk with hints of Krautrock and Suicide.
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Guitarless Guitar Music. This is the self-imposed one-line description chosen by Auckland, New Zealand's Wax Chattels. The keyboard, bass and drums trio don't have a guitar player, but their overwhelming sound and energy creates an atmosphere akin to a traditional loud power trio – except their music is anything but traditional. They 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 "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.
While they do come across as a "rock" band, it's coming from so many places so quickly that you're kind of left wondering where you're going. The opening of the one-chord tour de force “Concrete” begins in a downright frightening and jarring place and turns into an almost Krautrock-via-Suicide crescendo. It was after a particularly insane live performance that they were signed by both Captured Tracks and Flying Nun Records on the spot.
Wax Chattels recalls the other side of Kiwi underground rock history that's a bit less sunny and jangly. The small, yet constantly groundbreaking nation has put forth a new act and album that demands your attention.
+ grasshopper are a post-punk band based in Brighton / Manchester, and have supported Grant Hart (ex-Husker Du/Nova Mob), The Charlatans, Sonic Jesus, Fujiya & Miyagi, The Go! Team, and The Orielles, and have played at major festivals including Festival Number 6, Kendal Calling, Isle of Wight Festival and Forgotten Fields, as special guests of Tim Burgess. https://bandgrasshopper.bandcamp.com/