New project of the DIIV gitarist Andrew Bailey, New York's WIVES four-member melodic punk/noise rock formation plays its first concert in Hungary!
There’s a gap between what we wantand what we get.WIVESdoesn’t know how to reconcilethis, and they don’t try to give you the answer; instead,So Removedplunges into that void ofunknown, a tangle of contemporary dread and optimism, mapping the gray areas of alienation.The Queens, NY four-piece is the latest fit into a long lineage of New York’s gritty, melodic-meets-punk. Their incisive debut,So Removed, is hook-driven, grungy dark-wave, tethered todaily anxiety without resorting to cynicism.“Waving Past Nirvana” traces the through-line between Kool Keith and Lou Reed,while“The20 Teens”capturesthe definitive sound of contemporary rock; Jay cites hearingA-hablaring ata Bushwick restaurant and thinking all of the lyricsmight as well have been, “This is the ‘80s,”and took his own stab at doing a track for the 2010s. Thenoisy dissonance ofSonic Youth, theedgy hooks of earlyPixies,and the clever, cerebral sneering ofthe Fallsimmer as touchstoneswithin the LP, sharpandprodding at the details, pulsing with urgency.The bulk of WIVES’ songs oscillate between macro and micro, veering from a zoom-in on thetinyaspects of everyday toa sprawling pan over the world at large; from going stir-crazy in aBrooklyn walk-upto the effect of global capitalism on working-class people.So Removeddoesn’t know what the point of this is. And that’s okay.