Sharing their time between Tunbridge Wells and London, pop band WAX have managed to find the time to record their debut EP ‘Weekend Lover’, a release with a disposition to 80s synth pop whilst still retaining the originality of indie-rock and the intimate nature of a singer-songwriter.
Full of bubbling synth lines, remote vocals and astral guitar, ‘Weekend Lover’ displays the bands grasp on genre-blending perfectly. EP opener ‘A & E’ is built on arpeggiated synths and soaring guitar lines whilst ‘1848’ is a slow burning track that utilises vocal manipulation to create the best hook on the release, although not an easy one to sing along to.
Throughout, the danceable synth lines and vocal melodies are shrouded by lamenting vocals which look at themes of “lust, loneliness and masculinity in 2016”. The tracks definitely harbour a feeling of sadness beneath their pop exterior – this becomes apparent on more downbeat tracks such as the miserable ‘Weekend Lover’, a breakup track for a not-quite relationship. It features gloomy drums and sombre piano wrapped up in cheerless lyrics which have frontman Angus Powell hoping that “you think of me when you’re sat alone and angry“.
WAX have definitely proved that they’re a pop band that can handle some emotional depth and make a ballad sound good, and with such a focus on melody they’re sure to make an impact when performing live.
‘Weekend Lover’ is released on November 25th.