After spending over a decade playing in various bands in NYC’s underground punk scene, the Queens-based Panopoulos brothers, Teddy (vocals and bass) and Nick (guitar and backing vocals) recruited Fabien Stret (drums) to form Dead Waves. And in a short period of time, the NYC-based trio has been extremely prolific, releasing two EPs, Kill the Youth and Take Me Away and the “Oracles of the Grave”/”Promise” 7 inch – all of which received quite a bit of attention across the blogosphere for a sound that’s been compared to The Melvins, Bleach and Incesticde-era Nirvana, Pixies and others.
While recording the Take Me Away EP and the “Oracles of the Grave”/”Promise” 7 inch at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, the band studied Albini’s legendary analog recording techniques. Interestingly, the release of the
“Oracles of the Grave”/”Promise” 7 inch, revealed that the band went through a change on sonic direction and songwriting – although both “Oracles of the Grave” and “Promise” continued the band’s reputation for writing songs with scuzzy, grimy guitar chords, and thundering the material felt much more menacing. And as you’ll hear on “33,” the first single off the band’s full-length effort, Nature, the material is as punishing, abrasive as ever, while interestingly enough possessing a much slicker studio polish than ever before. And yet, the song manages to capture an anguish and dissatisfaction that feels inescapable, pervasive and particularly modern.
The official video splices footage of the band performing the show with footage of a very lonely, isolated woman, who appears to go through the motions of her life with the desperate desire to escape, although on a certain level she recognizes that she’s absolutely incapable of escaping it. The video is shot in a frenetic, point of view style that gives the video the feeling of delving deep into the psyche and soul of someone desperate and uncertain.