Let’s talk about Microwave…
No, not that rectangle kitchen appliance that you used to cook your Tesco (Walmart for you American folk) own spaghetti bolognese that you eat whilst reading this but rather four-piece indie/hardcore/emo hybrid from Atlanta, Georgia. A band, that you can only possibly describe as the product of some strange love triangle between Manchester Orchestra, Taking Back Sunday and Brand New.
Well, this interesting hybrid has just released their sophomore album, ‘Much Love’ follow up to the incredibly noteworthy ‘Stovall’. Attributed to the independent label, ‘SideOneDummy Records’ notably responsible for the rise of bands such as The Gaslight Anthem and Title Fight whereas currently home to artists such as Superheaven and PUP. This in itself says a lot about Microwave as a band, as well ‘Much Love ‘ as a record, as they have made their home among bands that one would consider to consistently attack a increasingly stagnated industry.
‘Much Love’, unlike it’s predecessor, is much slower in pace however this should not be confused for a lack of brunt and balls, because this is the last thing this latest LP lacks. ‘Roaches’ eases us into this venture, with a haunting feel and a guitar tone that is reminiscent of ‘1979’ by The Smashing Pumpkins.
‘Lighterless’ brings a bit more impact to proceedings, with a driving bass line and power-ridden chorus, which encases the topic of self-loathing as vocalist Nathan Hardy calls himself, “the nemesis of fun”. ‘Dull’ ironically is everything but what the title describes, it starts with a bluesy acoustic guitar groove, with some of the best vocal performance on the whole LP and some silk-like harmonies towards the end of the track. ‘Drown’ and ‘Vomit’ work as the perfect center-piece for Much Love, both relatively haunting in style, relying on incredible copacetic lyrics and release of emotion, particularly seen at the end of ‘Vomit’. ‘Whimper’ and ‘Homebody’ continue with consistency and pick the feel up a little, although the general topic of self-loathing and pain resumes.
‘Wrong’ is really the pinnacle of the LP and works as a perfect close for what has been a rollercoaster of emotion from beginning to end, and highlights the flexibility that Microwave have and as simple as they are the lyrics, ‘Maybe it’s safe to say I had it all wrong’ hit home and the triggered electronic drums close proceedings.
‘Much Love’ is an LP that is beautifully consistent throughout, with a haunting tone of sadness surrounded by musical brilliance, and is definitely a firm stance for Microwave within this scene.
‘Much Love’ is out not via SideOneDummy Records