It was in late 2017 when Toronto’s Shallow Waves started to move away from its alternative/60s garage rock origins to refocus towards their current sonic identity. Now Shallow Waves are releasing a new single “Shapes” showcasing their new output, which will be part of their upcoming 2nd full length.
Shallow Waves took “Shapes” in a shoegaze, psychedelic direction with heavy reverb, floating melodies, and an enveloping wall of sound.
Listen now and read our interview with the band below!
Can you talk to us about the inspiration for your latest single ‘SHAPES’?
The inspiration that led to Shapes was I guess, mostly the type of music, I was listening to (ranging from current psych bands to 70s krautrock) and what was going on around my personal life at the time. At that point, the band was going through a transition musically and trying to find its footing sonically. We started moving away from being just influenced primarily by alternative rock to a band being immersed by psychedelic sounds and noisy textures. Furthermore, the meaning behind Shapes is that “it’s a commentary on what really is our perception of our reality. How we view our own consciousness and is that how we perceive this existence.”
How has your community contributed to your success?
In so many ways, this scene has been very supportive, particularly friends we have in various bands have really helped us to excel, be it advice, helping us with shows, recording or whatever. We’ve been lucky with have great people in other bands, that have been a great support system for us.
What advice would you give other musicians?
The advice I can offer is, keep at it, no matter how frustrating it gets and how much you feel like its not going anywhere, just keep at it. There are so many days that I want to quit but I honestly believe that we’ll get to where we want to be in the end. Also, don’t be jealous of other bands and their success, be supportive. Help out bands that are trying to come up, that is how a scene grows.
Describe to our audience your music-making process.
Well it usually starts with me coming up with a verse and chorus and recording it on my phone. Then I’ll listen to it several times over the next few days, and if I really think I’ve come up with something, Ill record a demo with a full song structure with a drum guide at my home studio setup. Afterwards, I’ll send it to the rest of the band to have a listen. Then, at practice we’ll go over it see what everyone’s input is, if some parts need to be changed or added etc. Eventually we have a finished song….ideally.
How did it feel when you released your debut single?
It was very exciting, it must have been a few years (the single must have been Scream and Shout I think it was been awhile). We actually got reviewed (someone approached after hearing it off of Bandcamp) right off the bat and it was a nice feeling that we are actually making music people dig. It was very satisfying.
If you could collaborate with any musician/band, who would it be? And why?
Actually there’s two bands I would like to do collaboration with. One is Spectres from Bristol because they create such unique soundscapes and are always evolving sonically. I fell in love with their debut album and am looking forward to the new one. I feel that we could really complement each other stylistically. The other is the Psychotic Monks from France. They are an incredible psych/ noise band with such a twisted sound. I feel they bring such a unique and heavy sound to the genre, I can hear similar influences to what we are about, but really bring their own take as well. I think we could create some really interesting out of the collaboration.
What first got you interested into music?
When I was around 8-9 years old, my dad had this collection of music called “The 50s Compilations” that were on like 7 cds, and I think that when I first got interested in music. However, it wasn’t till I heard Nirvanas Nevermind (I’m sure that so cliché but that’s what happened) that I really got immersed into that style of music. That’s what inspired me to go out and buy my first guitar, like a million other kids at that time.