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Only days after wrapping up tour commitments for Bleeding Knees Club’s Nothing To Do record, frontman Alex Wall is excited to announce the debut 2013 album from his solo project Wax Witches. The 16-track Celebrity Beatings will be released in the US by the end of this month, available on cassette & digitally via Burger Records (02.08 in Australia via new Sydney label Jerko).
If you’re a BKC fan, you’ll find much to love here - if possible, Wax Witches is even more snotty, frantic, dumb, lo-fi & badass. Its brat-blast noise-pop + gonzo garage-rock channels Wall’s professed love of California punk & psych culture, from The Descendents through to Ty Segall, & also evinces his own American heritage (he was born in Monterey & moved to Australia as an infant). & as an added nod to its influences, the album even includes a faithfully pissed-off cover of Black Flag’s “Nervous Breakdown” (FREE below).
That said, Celebrity Beatings is an album definitely borne out of Australia - the Wax Witches project snowballed during Alex’s downtime from Bleeding Knees Club over the past 12 months, as a way to keep boredom at bay & record off-the-cuff at home.
“Wax Witches is the sound of me in my room alone,” says Wall, “without having to bring anyone else into the equation or get any approval. It was fun to create songs so quickly, and also a good way to teach myself how to record.”
Nervous Breakdown (Black Flag cover) // download [via Bandcamp]