The Cherry Wave – Close | Review

Glasgow’s heavy shoegazers, The Cherry Wave have delivered Close, a new 4 song EP that follows the Scottish quartets superb sophomore LP, Shimaru released earlier this year. The EP picks up where the bands last release left off, although these tracks are even more arresting and yet accessible. In a week littered with some of highly anticipated releases I find myself drawn to this EP and to revisit often largely due to The Cherry Waves penchant for razor sharp hooks, rumbling rhythms buoyed by a tempest of guitar fuzz. With the resurgence of shoegaze there’s no shortage of acts in this sonic terrain but where The Cherry Wave set themselves apart is in the anthemic song structures and post-punk ethos. The EP’s raging opener, Don’t Start finds The Glaswegian outfit relentlessly leaning into their pedal boards and channeling Wire‘s succinct Pink Flag era howl, while remaining grounded in Kevin Shields‘ territory to carve out their very own enclave. Elsewhere Rockets follows suit while delving even deeper into cacophonous terrain. The Close EP consist of four primordial bangers and although it’s over a little too quickly, it’s an exhilarating marriage of noise fuzz and melody.

The Close EP can be ordered directly from The Cherry Wave’s Bandcamp store.

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