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Wasuremono - Komedia, Bath - 12.3.17 Live Review


"Why you gotta waste Alan's time?" sings Wasuremono lead man, Will Southward on recent 6Music-lauded track "Alligator". Never mind just Alan, they are rapidly becoming many people's favourite waste of time, building a growing following from gig-going fans and DJs alike, with Steve Lamacq and Lauren Laverne's 6Music backing providing a provenance that you just can't argue against. Their recent headline set at the Komedia Introducing night in Bath served to reinforce that they have the talent and the boldness to stand out.

Wasuremono - Komedia, Bath - 12.3.17 Live Review

Music nerds consistently sum up bands by comparing them to other ones, but there's no easily grabbable analogy with this lot. You certainly couldn't ever accuse them of sounding generic. Dream pop tends to be the category most frequently applied, followed by krautrock, but there's something distinctly cinematic about their sound, like a dense, lush soundtrack from a brooding arthouse film - one that warrants being boomed out through Dolby surround. The Komedia's previous incarnation as a cinema was perhaps a fitting location, therefore. That said, drummer Isaac Phillips did confess that the last time he'd crossed the Komedia's threshold, it had been to see Spiderman 2.

Opener "A Lesson to Learn" showcased Will's vocal range, going from Jeff Buckley to Nick Cave in the course of a few bars, underpinned by the depth of Phoebe Phillips' bass. That weighty bass and Will's dropped A guitar tuning on "Like Bears" gave the track enough sinister ursine stomp to scare the bejesus out of any potential Goldilocks in the house. Their biggest song to date, former 'Lamacq Livener', "Cuddling" saw keyboardist Madelaine Ryan very much at the helm of the juggernaut, setting the controls for the heart of Planet Moog. Similarly synth-soaked "Kaboom", the title track of their 2016 EP, was the high point of the set, its surging power gathering to an exhilarating tumult, the explosive regular refrain of 'kaboom' itself having all the impact of an Adam-West-style Batman punch-up.

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Wasuremono - Interview


An interview with Wasuremono

One afternoon in Autumn 2016, a Japanophile mate texted me, saying she'd heard the band name, Wasuremono on 6Music. She'd got wildly over-excited, quickly got over the disappointment that they weren't the new Shonen Knife and then got wildly excited afresh when she heard their breakthrough track, "Cuddling", and needed to share the joy.

Wasuremono comprise of Will Southward (vocals and guitar), Madelaine Ryan (keys and backing vocals), Isaac Phillips (drums) and Phoebe Phillips (bass). Their cinematic sound is as ethereal and shoegazey, as it is avant-garde and krautrocky, with some visceral basslines that you feel as much as you hear. It's like a voyage through deep space, via Mordor, during the best, most intense cheese dream you could possibly imagine.

Having been played on Radio 2 before they'd ever played a gig together, it is no wonder that, four years on, they appear to be on the verge of something huge. Contact Music met with Will and Madelaine from the band recently at their own studio, The Wilderness.

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