MEAT WAVE+ CASSELS + MUTT + JADED
The Incessant became both the title and guiding light for Meat Wave’s third album, but not before some wobbles on Sutter’s part. Whereas Meat Wave’s previous albums had meted out judgements on the world, now he was writing brutally unvarnished lyrics about himself: about his self-indulgence, arrogance, fear of the future, isolation, and feeling totally at the whim of uncontrollable emotions. On tour for the debut Delusion Moon, he began reflecting on the “grey cloud” he felt the material would cast over Meat Wave’s past and future. “I got cold feet,” he says. “I had never written music that was this personal and confrontational with the self. I expressed to the others that I wanted to scrap the songs and start over, which they respected. I was uncomfortable to share songs with people that reflected on a destructive period in my life.” But despite Sutter’s conviction, something in the back of his head told him he would be a fool to abandon the material.
The Incessant is 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.”
Watch the video for ‘The Incessant’ below:
Plus support from CASSELS
Cassels are a two piece comprised of two brothers – Jim (vox/guitar) and Loz (drums/vox) Beck. Originally from the self-described ‘cul-de-sac’ town of Chipping Norton, the brothers spent their youth turning their frustration and boredom into music. After years of making as much noise as they pleased in their remote countryside bedroom, Cassels emerged onto the scene with a sound which is both unique and hard-hitting; combining dense and poetic lyricism with pared-back, heavy and skilful instrumentation.
Dealing in themes which range from the overtly sociopolitical to the deeply personal, the band are never afraid to express their opinions in their songs. This sincere, heart-on-the sleeve approach has picked them up praise and coverage from the likes of NME, BBC Radio 1, 6 Music and Channel 4, as well as Radiohead‘s Colin Greenwood. As Punktastic puts it, ‘there’s little emerging from the British underground that comes close to mirroring Cassels’ style.’
The band have released two E.Ps to date –Hating is Easy and You Us and They on Big Scary Monsters as well as a limited 7” with the Too Pure Singles Club – Flock Analogy/Beach Baby.
Listen to ‘Cool Box’ below:
Plus support from MUTT
Four bodies, fuzz and guts. MUTT are female-fronted, raucous, yet at times, curiously melodic. Think Sonic Youth and L7 meets the LOUDquietLOUDquiet pop spunk of Pixies with a twist of The Cure. Hailing from Birmingham and formed in early 2014, this feisty four-piece twist their influences beyond recognition to create a unique brand of uncompromising, unapologetic rock.
Watch the video for ‘Neighbourhood’ below:
Plus opening support from JADED
Moody slacker punk from the Midlands. Compared to the likes of The Xcerts and Brand New by Louder Than War, the band’s latest EP Under Autumn Shade is available now via Bandcamp.
Watch the video for ‘Nettles’ below: