Wax Chattels share new track ‘Career’ from their self-titled debut album out May 18th - with the track premiering on The 405 here.
On ‘Career’, the keyboard, bass and drums trio start with a gentle opening with Amanda Cheng’s tender vocals. The track gradually builds up with an overwhelming sound of crashing of drums and odd synth entries. The energy creates an atmosphere akin to a traditional loud power trio - except their music is anything but traditional.
Wax Chattels create darkly hypnotic and frenetic music that's both rhythmically complex and sinister. If that paints any sort of aural picture, it comes as no surprise that "Gillian," their homage to X-Files star Gillian Anderson, was roundly endorsed by the ex-punk actress herself on social media before the band had even played shows outside of their home country or received any support from larger press outlets.
Peter Ruddell (26, keyboards/vocals), Amanda Cheng (26, bass/vocals) and Tom Leggett (22, drums) met studying Jazz Performance at the University of Auckland, and started Wax Chattels a few years later. Since that time they have honed their live-shows into something that is not to be missed - it was after a particularly insane live performance that they were signed by both Captured Tracks and Flying Nun Records on the spot. The band say "we want to play shows that make people feel uncomfortable. The goal is to leave the audience feeling slightly altered, like they have experienced, not just heard or seen something."
Wax Chattels recalls the other side of Kiwi underground rock history, one that's a bit less sunny and jangly, and one that demands your attention.