Prepare to be captivated by Waves Crashing stunning EP, ‘The Viewing’, a hauntingly beautiful journey through the band’s sonic universe.
The Viewing, the latest EP from indie rock band Waves Crashing, is a mesmerizing journey through the band’s acoustic landscape. Recorded amidst the lush woodlands of Olympia, WA, and mixed by bassist Joshua Charette, this collection of songs is a stunning blend of shoegaze, new wave, and noise rock influences, evoking shades of iconic acts like The Cure, The Smiths, Swervedriver, New Order, Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, and My Bloody Valentine.
Their music is at once intimate and expansive, introspective and anthemic, filled with wistful observations on love, loss, and life, that are set against a backdrop of chiming guitars and propulsive rhythms.
Sonically its a dream combo of Death Cab for Cutie meets The Cure or Placebo, an EP full of wistful alt-pop introspection set against moody shoegaze. Waves Crashing have a way of tapping into the universal human experience, of taking the raw emotions that we all feel and turning them into something beautiful and cathartic.
Just as the favoured bands of the early 90’s share a fascination with the darker side of human emotion, Waves Crashing are masters of crafting haunting melodies that linger long after the last note has faded away.
At the heart of this EP is the lead single Life on Display, a haunting meditation on the search for inner peace in a world that can feel overwhelming and chaotic. The track’s shimmering guitars, pulsating rhythms, and dreamy vocals create a mesmerizing soundscape that draws the listener into a deeply introspective state.
Elsewhere on the EP, Waves Crashing showcase their versatility with tracks like High Horse, a buoyant rocker that evokes the raw energy of early Death Cab for Cutie, and Automatic, a moody, new wave anthem that channels the energy of Depeche Mode.
Throughout the EP, Waves Crashing demonstrate a keen understanding of their musical heritage and a clear vision for their own sonic identity. The Viewing is a remarkable achievement and cements Waves Crashing’s status as one of the most exciting new indie rock bands on the scene.
Watch Waves Crashing “Life on Display”
Waves Crashing has been quietly building a following since its inception, with a string of well-received singles and EPs, including the globally debuted Sea of Wires EP on the esteemed shoegaze radio station, DKFM.
Their music has caught the attention of festival organizers too, as they were invited to perform at the LoveOly Summer Fest in Olympia and the South Sound Block Party alongside heavyweights like Bully, The Cave Singers, and The Districts in the summer of ’22.
Their latest EP, High/Low, showcases the band’s sonic prowess with mixing credits from engineers James Aparicio (Depeche Mode, Spiritualized, Mogwai) and Kurt Roy (Sea Salt, Fern Murphy). The standout tracks “High/Low” and “In My Head” (featured on KEXP 90.3 FM) are a testament to the band’s ever-expanding catalogue and will leave you yearning for more.
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