It’s a swelling. A pyramid. A crescendo. It stems from living recklessly. And selfishly. And regrettably. It’s an overwhelming anxiety brought on by the biggest and littlest fucking things, and it’s what MEAT WAVE’s new album, The Incessant, is all about.
Recorded with legendary Chicago engineer Steve Albini, The Incessant is a bracing, emotional punk record that confronts taking responsibility for your actions with dark humour and self-deprecation. It draws major influence from The Breeders, Hot Snakes, and even Fiona Apple as much as Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis, Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex and the poems of Emily Dickinson.
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About two years ago, 24-year-old Sutter found himself facing the end of the relationship he had been in since he was 12 years old. Undoubtedly that experience led to the theme of escapism that appears throughout the record, and maybe it’s most apparent on new single Run You Out. Sutter says the track is specifically about exiting a situation in the worst, most destructive way possible.
Formed in 2011 out of the ashes of various Chicago bands, Chris Sutter (guitar, vocals), Joe Gac (bass) and Ryan Wizniak (drums) were no strangers to the thriving underground scene of the city. Just a year later, the trio released their first collection of songs and that’s all it would take to start garnering attention. Their last album, 2015’s Delusion Moon, was a blistering master class in abrasive post-punk, simultaneously referencing Hot Snakes, the disgruntled lyricism of Shellac and a little bit of The Jesus Lizard’s fire-spitting sneer just for good measure.