The Cherry Wave is a shoegaze band from Glasgow. Last February, I wrote a really terse post about them and the title song from their 2013 EP Blush. I didn’t know anything about them then and I still don’t know anything about them now. Their web presence is limited, and the pages that exist have little to offer in the way of biographical information. First names only. No clear photos. Nothing to go by.
What we do know is that they love loud guitars, fuzz, distortion, reverb, delay, amps turned to eleven. This band is loud and we love them for it. They’ve played a bunch of times with the amazing Ringo Deathstarr, and that’s a show we’d love to see.
The band formed in 2012 and self-released an EP that year. In 2013, they released Blush on cassette via the small UK label Good Grief Records. Late last year, the band signed with Saint Marie Records, which was the home of seven of my top 41 new release albums of 2014. Saint Marie released the new album Avalancher digitally on December 23, 2014. The physical release is coming out on February 24. So technically speaking, this is a 2014 release. But since it was released so very late, and since the physical release still hasn’t come out yet, I’m going to call this a 2015 release for the purposes of year-end lists.
I liked Blush a lot, and I like this new album much more. It’s like the best of the aggressively noisy bits from the second side of My Bloody Valentine’s Isn’t Anything mixed with Exploding Head-era A Place to Bury Strangers. In case you’re not getting what I’m laying down, this is quite loud. The nine minute album closer “Fuzzthrower” is nothing short of complete sonic annihilation. It starts off plenty loud, but the last few minutes are just crazy. I imagine that seeing that song live would be akin to seeing MBV play “You Made Me Realise”, and specifically that brutally loud section of that song that critics have called “the holocaust”.
Anyway, you should buy the new Cherry Wave album and listen for the sonic annihilation of “Fuzzthrower”, but that’s not today’s song. Today’s song is “Suncrushed”. This is that song.
“Suncrushed” by The Cherry Wave
All that stuff I said before. The fuzz. The delay. The tsunamis of sound. The volume. There are some lyrics in parts of the song, but they’re heavily affected and they’re buried under walls and walls of sound. I mean no disrespect by this, but nobody really cares about what those lyrics are. It’s all about the noise. That unapologetic noise that verges on painful. There’s something exhilarating about treading that line.
I recommend listening to this album from start to finish on a good set of headphones. And then taking a break.