Chicago trio Meat Wave return with their much-anticipated third album The Incessant - a bracing, emotional punk record that confronts taking responsibility for your actions with dark humour and self-deprecation, drawing influence from acts like The Breeders, Hot Snakes, Drive Like Jehu, and, yes, Fiona Apple, as much as Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis, Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex and the poems of Emily Dickinson and Sutter’s friend Hannah Gamble.
Elsewhere on The Incessant, Sutter exposes his most vulnerable side. Sounding like a less jubilant Japandroids track, ‘Tomosaki’ is a nakedly sincere love song to the cat that he lost in the split, written while ugly-crying on the floor of the shared apartment he was about to leave behind. “Entranced by the mist of life / Does he sense I’ve gone awry? / My guy / Let him roam outside / Meditate on his afterlife,” Sutter roars. “That was huge for me as a songwriter. I’ve never written a song like that. I think that’s the power of something that touches you so deeply, like a cat that you’re not going to be able to see any more.”
Meat Wave play The Flapper Birmingham on Tues 25th April 2017, with support from Cassels, Mutt & Jaded. Tickets available here.
Watch the video for ‘The Incessant’ below:
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