They don’t come much more energetic than Sydney’s WAWAWOW – their name alone is like a neon slap to the senses – and to kick off a brand new year, the four-piece present a brand new collection of music in the cracking debut album, PINK ELEPHANT, out Friday, February 14th. Warping and threading psych, funk and hectic electro-indie influences throughout, the record is the perfect snapshot of the band’s attitude toward creating music. Leading the charge, WAWAWOW’s new single ‘The Big Cookoff’ is delightfully bonkers – just how they like it.
Equal parts mental and ridiculously precise in delivery, ‘The Big Cookoff’ is textbook WAWAWOW. Evolving from jam sessions into produced recordings full of raw energy, the single is representative of a band who are firmly in the pocket, firmly tongue in cheek and firmly with their eye on a central vision on making music delivered in one-two punch style. “We always take it as a more-is-more approach with the music. As long as it’s paced nicely, we like to see how ridiculous it can get.” WAWAWOW
Applying the same attitude to their visuals, the music video for ‘The Big Cookoff’ brings animation courtesy of Shaun Allen together with band and location footage in Sydney, sizing up brilliantly with the batshit nature of the song itself. “This track is our love/hate letter to Sydney in a lot of ways, so we wanted to get in as much of the city as possible. Given our natural aversion to being filmed walking around the streets, and the fact that we had just lost a band member, Shaun felt it was more fitting to try some stop motion.” WAWAWOW
PRAISE FOR WAWAWOW
“WAWAWOW just keep growing new teeth. This set doesn’t even pause for breath and is relentless, urgent, and nutty bananas from start to finish. This is one hell of a show, like being pounded and stomped, and loving every second.”
The Underground Stage
“Combine the righteous, face melting voltage of POND with the batshit zaniness of Tom Cruise appearing on Oprah and you’ll get an inkling for just how weird this four-piece can get.”
“A shattered self-deprecating tone marching through odd time signatures taking cues from somewhere between the B-52s and Royal Blood.”
With their new music ready and raring to go, fans will be able to catch WAWAWOW performing through NSW this month and in February. Time to join this crazy circus, WAWAWOW have got one helluva new show to deliver. “There’s something about the trance we put ourselves in, as we play without stopping, that has a slight tunnel vision effect. There’s no pauses to have a sip or fix up a pedal, so you kind of learn to exist on that plane.” WAWAWOW
WAWAWOW TOUR DATES
Friday, February 7th The Loft @ UTS Sydney
The Band’s Next Door 2SER
Saturday, February 15th Dicey Riley’s Hotel Wollongong
Saturday, February 22nd Town Hall Hotel Newtown
with Pyjama Sundayz, Cakewalk
‘The Big Cookoff’ is released Friday, January 17th.
Pink Elephant is released Friday, February 14th.