With their new album out on January 21st, Wave Machines have announced a UK tour headline tour to open 2013, including The Scala in London on 6th February.
With new single Ill Fit play listed at 6Music and XFM, and picking up plays across Radio 1 Wave Machines made a welcome return with sell out live dates in UK and Europe this autumn. Recorded at producer Lexxx's studio in London and at the bands Liverpool hide out in the loft of St Brides Church, new album Pollen was conceived with a deliberate focus on consistent sonic and musical themes. Where debut album Wave If You're Really There revelled in their first experiments with pop and its protagonists' misadventures in love and life, Pollen exists in the shadowy and contradictory emotions aroused by long-term friendship and unconditional love.
It's been 3 years since the release of their critically acclaimed debut album Wave If You're Really There, but Wave Machines haven't been standing still. While they may have taken a step back from the live scene in recent months, tracks have been permeating compilations, TV and film soundtracks around the world. Such is the unseen toil, the slow burn, the delayed reward of the modern music business.
The writing and recording process had two pillars. In the eaves of St Brides Church in the shadow of Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral, Tim and the band worked through initial ideas in their self-made rehearsal space. Then with a hard drive full of tracks, Tim would take trips to a studio in London, where their efforts were laid bare before producer Lexxx (Arcade Fire, Bjork, Goldfrapp). The pair would then chop and change, approve or discard, edit or overdub, before Tim set off back to Liverpool. The repeated to-and-fro between these two creative hubs gave the band the necessary perspective, forging the more cohesive yet complex shapes of their second album.
Counting Birds and Home look at a working man's rituals both real and imagined; the media, our complicity and dependency are highlighted on Unwound and Blood will Roll; I Hold Loneliness acknowledges truths about companionship and first single Ill Fit the commitments that come with it. Much of the album tackles human need and superstition, in a world of heady technology and commercial incentive. Yet there's nature here too, a Gale, rising tides, morning sun and hard earth, the title track Pollen is a genuinely moving requiem for the Chinese migrant workers claimed by the sea in Morecombe Bay, 2004. And finally Sitting In A Chair Blinking, where we are asked, 'Did you get what you want?'. no one does the human condition in the modern idiom quite like Wave Machines.
From the crucible of a vibrant Liverpool arts scene Wave Machines have always defined their own creative rules. If they have one principle, it is to make their record, the right record. This record. And definitely not just 'add to the noise'.
2013 UK Tour Dates:
31st JAN, BATH, Moles
1st FEB, LIVERPOOL, Kazimier
2nd FEB, GLASGOW, Broadcast
3rd FEB, NEWCASTLE, The Cluny
5th FEB, NOTTINGHAM, The Bodega
6th FEB, LONDON, Scala -
7th FEB, SOUTHAMPTON, Joiners