Hot off the heels of support slots for The Growlers and Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, ‘SABRE THE TOOTHTIGER’ is the final of three standalone singles from Sydney psych-junk foursome WAWAWOW.
The track is a combination of restraint and the psych-induced Devo stylings of the band, with a shattered self-deprecating tone marching through odd time signatures taking cues from somewhere between the B-52s and Royal Blood.
Teetering on the edge of complete pandemonium and yet at times sounding precisely calculated, the single deals with the frustrations of creative collaboration through a raucous merger of biting guitar licks and bit-crushed bass synth. Vocally aggressive compared with WAWAWOW’s usual feline-inspired material, the tortured and screeching lyrics are satirised with one-liner guitar punchlines, as if you put the White Album into a blender and baked it into a modern Bond theme.
‘SABRE THE TOOTHTIGER’ was mixed by Dane Burge at the University of Westminster and mastered by Andrew Edgson at 301 Studios, screen-grabbing the sensation of a band overwhelmed with technological choices, frustration and exhilaration.
Sydney's psych-junk outfit WAWAWOW have a name to suit the magic – it’s half jam, half Tetris. Carved out of the itches of four frustrated instrumentalists, the group evolved from a like-this-but-weirder attitude to something eccentrically rectangular, with a sound described as a futuristic Thee Oh Sees for kids that keep their shirt on.
With a bent, frenzied view of the psych-rock genre, WAWAWOW combine jittery synth with sporadic vocals and absurdly indulgent guitars. The four-piece alternate between rhythmic refrain and fuzzy overkill, using pudgy effects to create a “cheeky, trippy, and delightfully screwy” feel, like if Charles Mingus covered The Strokes. Blacklights, glowing drumsticks and triggered rope lights add to the band’s praised live show, with a non-stop monolithic performance that has been electrifying Sydney audiences throughout 2018.
"From fuzz, squeaks and sounds so strange they can never be replicated again to glowing drumsticks and black lights, seeing WAWAWOW is supposed to be a show." - Happy Mag
Light Entertainment formed in 2016 in Sydney. Drawing on influences including Can, Faust, Charles Mingus, Barry Adamson and more, the group fluctuate between 3 and 6 members pending on the performance.
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