[Album Review] Dead Waves – Living Inside
In the state of music, mentions of retro and post-anything are of the norm. Some, however, take it a step further and not only transport us to another time and place, but deliver it so tastefully that you’ll actually believe you’ve been warped. Dead Waves is one of the few to perform that feat miraculously with their sophomore release, Living Inside. And before I continue on, can I confess how much I love that title — usually it’s the opposite of living in its stead but the idea of life is so…punk. Explaining to NOISEY, the band admitted the album title is more than what it says — and it’s true.
Leading up to the release of their latest effort was “4 to 5,” a brittle tune that dealt with the thoughts of remembering those that have passed away. For a touching subject, the song is equally gritty and evokes a psychedelic and experimental side of this Queens-based group. A few of the songs follow suit as the self-described “transcendental post-punk” band delve into the inner workings of one’s thoughts. Living Inside is the beginning of how this band will help soothe your inner most thoughts.
Personal highlights from the album included “Laundromat Goddess & The Armchair Gods” which has the makings of a potential classic punk/rock song. The deliverance is tinged with angst, again reminding me of my youth where I wanted to be as punk as I could be. Another favorite was the minute length “Waste Away.” The quietness and soft whispering reminded me of one of my favorite soundtrack compilations that feature songs from Sonic Youth and Joy Division, both of whom influenced the album’s sound, and also which gently put me at ease. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to pine over that studded leather jacket I never got.
Stream the entirety of Living Inside over at NOISEY.