Review by Maria Glover for MPM
London-based alt-rock duo Wax on Water are back after their triumphant album release earlier this year (see review here) with a new EP ‘Ghouls & Fiends and In-Betweens’ which is out now.
This is a genuinely unique band who present a delicious marriage of electronic, metal and grunge and are truly compelling. With Hallowe’en just gone I’m intrigued by the title and I’m never disappointed with these guys.
‘Ghouls and Fiends’ has a delectable silky-smooth vocal which is irresistible and seductive, and the song is playful and fun.
‘Guanciale’ is loosely based on the 30s Bela Lugosi film ‘Mark of the Vampire’ and the storytelling is divine, both fascinating and captivating. This song is more atmospheric, darker but still catchy as hell and sticks in your mind.
‘Deadbeat Guy is quirky and creative, so much fun packed in that it should be illegal.
The haunting ballad ‘Part of Me’ is intense and emotional, understated yet quite brilliant and most certainly makes you sit up and listen.
‘More Than I’ is more upbeat and heavier to close the EP, layers of vintage alt rock with a futuristic twist.
This EP, much like the album before it, is quite simply magnificent. I listened to Garbage on repeat for about 3 years in the 90s and this EP reminds me a little of that time. It fills me with joy and melancholy at the same time. I love this band!
Standout tracks: Guanciale, More Than I
Listen to the EP on Spotify