The Wake has released their new single titled ‘Everything’ featuring Wolfie from their upcoming album ‘Perfumes and Fripperies’, dropping October 30th. Loud and bombastic from the start of the track, ‘Everything’ goes into overdrive from there in a quasi-mix of gaze and grit with that sonically marvelous guitar thrown in for measure.
This is what music is supposed to be. A sonically diverse canvas of colors and contours designed to inject soul into the senses.
As of October 30, ‘Perfumes and Fripperies’ will be available digitally everywhere, including Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music and on CD via Blaylox Records. The album can already be pre-ordered directly from the band via Bandcamp.
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Ahead of the long-awaited ‘Perfumes and Fripperies’ album from iconic post-punk band The Wake, they offer the second taste of this long-play, called ‘Everything (feat. Wolfie’., a.k.a. David “Wolfie” Wolfenden (guitarist for ‘80s post-punk icons Red Lorry Yellow Lorry).
This record comes almost 25 years since their last full-length album. Earlier, the band released lead track ‘Hammer Hall’, a lushly layered, powerful, dark soundscape laced with infectious hooks and driven by signature vocals.
The Wake are Troy Payne, Rich Witherspoon, James Tramel and Daniel C. Formed in the mid-80 in Columbus, OH and a fixture in the early- to mid-90s goth rock scene, The Wake are re-emerging with a new offering, almost 25 years since their last full-length album.
The Wake earned critical accolades as part of the “second wave” of goth. Through their releases, appearances on a myriad of complilations and extensive touring with peers such as Skinny Puppy and Nine Inch Nails, The Wake secured their place in goth and roll history.
“Everything’ started out as a completely different song before it became a collaboration with David “Wolfie” Wolfenden of Red Lorry Yellow Lorry and a kind of cathartic letter to my father, who died in 2007. Although it was obvious that the initial song had potential, it never gained the creative juice to push it forward and was essentially shelved. At some point, Rich was inspired to add a new guitar line to the original bass and drums – and that took the song in an entirely different direction,” explains Troy Payne.
“Being a long-time Lorries fan, Rich reached out to David for a second guitar layer and with that – the music for ‘Everything’ was complete. When I heard what they had done, I knew exactly what I wanted to do vocally and lyrically. I had been unpacking my relationship with my Dad and the experience of his death for some time. Sometimes just saying what has been left unsaid is all you need”
Metaphorically, ‘Perfumes and Fripperies’ is the space between the weight of darkness and the hazy, sheen of dreams. Here – dark, uneasy truths are revealed, fate and resolution come to terms, whispering dreams and memories dance together in the moon light… there will be no sleep tonight.
From its inception, The Wake has been an outlier – an unlikely band, from an unlikely place, making unlikely music, and having great success. In 1993, The Wake debuted with the ‘Masked’ LP via Cleopatra Records, a landmark recording to this day. While touring extensively, the band had other successful releases like the AP Dance charting single ‘Christine’, an EP of songs remixed by Rosetta Stone, and their third release ‘Nine Ways’.
Recorded over many months in different locations and various circumstances in the band’s native Ohio, the album comes together to speak with one voice. This long-play was mixed by Matt Hagberg at VMS in Columbus, OH, and mastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge in NYC.