With the minimal instrumentation of post-punk as their framework, The Wants inject the hypnotic pulse of Detroit techno into the practice of pop songwriting. Led by Madison Velding-VanDam’s elusive duality of personas, which oscillate between earnestly romantic and unsettlingly deadpan, The Wants naturally forge a dark alley off the beaten path into danceable dissonance.
Support from Happy Couple. Contrary to their name, Happy Couple are in fact a trio comprised of Lena Pilshofer (vocal & bass), Ben Thompson (Guitar) and George Miles (drums). Their sound is a hypnotic mix of ethereal vocals and abrasive guitars, underpinned by propulsive and syncopated drums. Influenced by artists such as Nue, SWANS, and Sonic Youth... it’s perhaps the work of avant-garde composer and guitarist Glenn Branca that is most evident in their sound with the use of volume, alternative guitar tunings, repetition, and the harmonic series.
Happy Couple met while studying in Brighton, but their roots stretch from Salzburg Austria to the South of Spain, and onto London – where they currently share a house together. Their debut single “Split in Two” was recorded and mixed by Andy Savours (My Bloody Valentine, Roisin Murphy, The Kills) at his Camden studio. On the live front, recent tours have seen the band supporting the likes of The Murder Capital and Bambara.
Presented by Bad vibrations.
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