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Artist: The Cherry Wave
Label: Saint Marie Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 24 February 2015

Formed in 2012 and having supported the likes of Nothing, Ringo Deathstarr, Paws and The Telescopes, The Cherry Wave are a noise-laden, fuzz-obsessed four-piece from Glasgow, Scotland. Taking equal inspiration from Shoegaze, Noise and Hardcore Punk, their approach has been to make music which is aggressive and urgent while also washed out, blurry and hazy. The guitars are like an explosion in a fuzz pedal factory and the vocals sound like they were recorded inside a black hole. This has resulted in them creating a very unique and individual sound...

Avalancher is the new album from The Cherry Wave. Strap yourself in, you're in for a wild ride.

The album opens with the stomping 'Culture' and closes with the mind bending 'Fuzzthrower'... and in between we are treated to a collection of loud and brash clashing of minds and instruments. It's a noise once heard you'll never forget, and for this fact alone The Cherry Wave deserve to be recognised. However, whether you enjoy this album will depend very much on whether you're a fan of "noise". If you're a pop fan then it's doubtful you'll find much to enjoy here - but then you're not the target market.

It's a punky album with attitude. Here's something worth trying. listen to the album as normal, then listen to it quietly through speaker (so that anyone sitting more than 10 feet away can't here it) and then finally listen to it so that you have to strain your ears to hear what is coming out of the speakers... It's amazing how different all three versions sound, as your ears are drawn to a different aspect of the recording.

Personally I enjoyed this, but it's certainly something that is an acquired taste.


Nick Smithson

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