Saturday, 19 January 2008


WOW have quite literally catapulted themselves to prominence: they formed in November and only two months later, they are playing at one of the biggest music festivals on the Sydney calender, Field Day.

This year, the line-up included the likes of Uffie & Feadz, Felix Da Housecat, Kissy Sellout, Spank Rock, Midnight Juggernauts, The Go! Team, Chromeo… you get the picture.

The Sydney boy/girl duo consisting of Matt Cribb and Bree Carter, formed out of their apparent inability to play any musical instruments properly and too much time messing around on drum machines and cheap keyboards.

The end product however is brilliant: disco-punk, with an element of pop to it, completing the paradoxical pair. Each song maintains it’s own individuality throughout, a rarity in modern times in which songs just seem to amalgamate into one general ‘sound’. If you were to throw The Lost Valentinos, Crystal Castles and Gang of Four into a blender, you’d end up with a WOW smoothie.

Their live performances are something special too. I went down to watch WOW strut their stuff on Friday night and I was blown away. The tempo seemed slightly increased in an otherwise beat-for-beat replication of what I’d heard from their mp3s, but it only added to the hip-shaking, toe-tapping atmosphere they strived to create.

With much thanks to the band, they've supplied us with two demo tracks, which will be re-recorded for their forthcoming debut Common Species EP which will be released in February through US label Metal Postcard. These guys are something to watch. Australia will be theirs this year, the world next year? I predict big things for these guys.

WOW - Common Species
WOW - When You're Dead


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