Rid of Me
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Rid of Me with WIVES, Yeah Baby
Rid of Me
Heavy melodic noise punk from Philadelphia. Members of… who cares
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WIVES are a four-piece band from Queens, New York. Signed to the City Slang label they released their debut single Waving Past Nirvana in March 2019. This was then followed up with tracks Workin’ and The 20 Teens.
Wide-eyed and hyper-aware, WIVES’ sound pulses with urgency. The quartet are the latest fit in a long lineage of New York’s gritty, melodic-tinged punk-hook-driven, grungy dark-wave that’s tethered to daily anxiety without resorting to cynicism. Both the noisy dissonance of Sonic Youth and the clever, cerebral sneering of The Fall simmer as touchstones within the band’s music.
‘Waving Past Nirvana’ trudges forward, a sort of thesis for WIVES’ sound. It delves unabashedly into feeling removed, its narrator rejecting spiritual enlightenment, literally ‘waving past nirvana’. The swaggering cut pulls from the swaying beat of ’80s rap, while the chorus jumps forward a decade into a grunge-tinged, anthemic roar.
WIVES are: Jay Beach (guitar, vocals), Andrew Bailey (guitar), Alex Crawford (bass), Adam Sachs (drums).
Yeah Baby is a New York City band formed in 2016 by Sean Kwon and Hanna White, and later joined by Skyler Skjelset (founding member of Fleet Foxes; touring member of Beach House, the Walkmen, etc.). In 2019, the band was invited to perform at the Robert Geller AW19 runway show at New York Fashion Week. In August 2020, Yeah Baby released their debut full-length album Neptune Hotel, having the opportunity to work with Simon Scott (Slowdive) for mastering, and with Azuma Makoto and Shiinoki Shunsuke for the album artwork.