When we featured Witching Waves in our class of 2016, we had to admit we had very little idea what their actual plans were. This week they have thankfully clarified the issue! The London Noise-Pop trio will release their second album, Crystal Cafe at the end of February through the excellent pairing of Soft Power Records in the UK and Happy Happy Birthday To Me in the US.
Discussing the follow up to 2014’s debut, Fear Of Falling Down, the band have suggested this was an attempt to make a more cohesive and singular album, as opposed to a collection of individual songs. Whilst we wait to hear whether they’ve achieved their ambition, this week they have shared the first fruits of the self-recording process, Twister. The track is a streamlined blast of pure-grimy noise, persistent drums and Emma Wigham’s yelped vocals overlaying, some seriously hefty basslines and angular buzz-saw guitars recalling the likes of Flesh World and Primitive Parts. If the rest of Crystal Cafe is half as good it looks set to be one of the years most thrillingly noise and jarringly brilliant albums.