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Glasgow natives The Ninth Wave deliver a post-punk noise-pop triumph with the second part of their debut.
Following on from April 2019’s six-track introduction, Infancy: Part II continues to offer a refreshing view of modern life, it’s pitfalls and victories. New wave meets goth-pop as life-long friends Haydn Park-Patterson (guitar & vocals) and Millie Kidd (bass & vocals) tackle the need to fit in, break-ups and pressures to conform.
It’s easy to hear nods to the likes of Interpol or The Cure – but their swelling chorus’, arena-worthy floor-fillers and electro post-punk tunes also feel unique and authoritative.
Alongside a rotating list of touring members, the duo have become known for their lively shows, 80’s influences and brooding ballads.
Human Behaviour looks to let go. It’s raw and desperate with a grand building chorus that deals with alienation, loneliness and frustrations during a break-up and efforts to move on.
Lead single Imitation changes pace – a catchy punk hook and another epic chorus paired with a floor-filling indie guitar which insights enthusiastic dance moves and toe-tapping.
Sometimes the Silence is Sweeter is brooding and synth-heavy, while Everything That You Have Left channels 80s pop – electro beats and bass riffs blend with sultry synths and the vocal harmonies of two singers who are clearly in tune with their sound. There’s a relaxed feel to the verses before a sense of urgency kicks in at the break.
Lead by Millie’s ethereal vocals, Unspoken pulls on the heartstrings, an atmospheric piano-laden ballad that feels cinematic, while closer Flower Into Wounds feels freeing – a liberating genre-defying mix of jangling keys and thundering drums built up against scuzzy guitar licks and diverse pop riffs.
Their modern take on new romantic meets glam-noir makes Infancy Part II a lesson in mixing things up – from post-punk melodies, thought-provoking lyrics, catchy arena fillers, and vulnerable ballads – the record spans genres and cements them as one of the most exciting acts to emerge in 2019.
See The Ninth Wave this week on tour around the UK. Final tickets available via Ticketmaster.co.uk
Tracklisting: Infancy Part II
1. Human Behaviour
3. Sometimes The Silence Is Sweeter
4. Everything That You Have Left
6. Flower Into Wounds
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