Introducing: Waking Aida
Southampton four-piece Waking Aida are an instrumental math rock band, influenced by the soundscapes of Explosions in the Sky and the hooks of Minus the Bear. Their debut album, Eschaton (released via Robot Needs Home) has been recorded with the assistance of Maybeshewill bassist Jamie Ward; glowing patronage indeed from one of the UK’s leading pioneers in grand instrumental rock music. Whilst there are some similarities to that band (lush soundscapes, vocal samples, an overwhelming sense of life affirmation) there are enough deviations and twists on the post rock formula to make Waking Aida stand out from the instrumental (post)rock crowd. “Jamie was a joy to work with” say the band of their producer. “He was a perfectionist throughout and full of good ideas and studio tricks.”
Eschaton is an assured debut, a beautiful record with a powerful, majestic sound. It weaves sublime guitar melodies through subtle hints of electronics, before bursting at the seams with sheer exuberant joy. Technical, but never hindered by its technicality, Eschaton ebbs and flows, a living breathing record, the perfect soundtrack to accompany the most jubilant moments of life.
The video for Glow Coin (which can be viewed above) boasts one of the most adorable performances ever committed to digital tape. The song itself rolls in on a beautiful yet complex bass line that propels the song forward with sparse ethereal guitar notes providing texture and ambience. Taking it’s time, but never meandering, the track then explodes into a frenzy of joyous harmonized guitar lines, reminiscent of Biffy Clyro at their most ebullient.
Of the recording process, the band says “Eschaton was a healthy mixture of fun and stress. There were a few moments when one of us asked another “have you always played it like that?” then an awkward mutual silence would follow, but for the most part it was great.”
Waking Aida play the following dates around the country in October:
Fri 17 – London – The Garage w/ Maybeshewill
Sat 18 – Leicester – Firebug
Sun 19 – Nottingham – Hockey Hustle
Mon 20 – Brighton – The Hope
Tue 21 – Cardiff – Buffalo Bar
Fri 24 – Leeds – The Fox & Newt
Eschaton, Waking Aida’s debut album, can be ordered from here
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