This September will see the return of Wax Chattels in the form of their sophomore album Clot. The first single, named No Ties, is a melodic expression of the first generation immigrant experience. Check out the single's densely textured video below:
No Ties, by Wax Chattels. Director/Producer: Josh Burgess, Director of Photography: Tim Flower, Editor: Ezra Simmons, Animation: Neirin Best, Analog Visuals: Thee Attic. Thanks to NZ On Air
In No Ties, Bassist and Vocalist Amanda Cheng, who is Hoklo Taiwanese, expresses the experience of being a first generation immigrant without a personal relationship with extended family.
“Being a first generation immigrant, I’ve never had a personal connection with my extended family. There’s an incomparable loneliness rooted in this — I think the weight of parental sacrifice and cultural estrangement is difficult for other Kiwis to understand. 'No Ties' comes from these frustrations, and the helpless desperation of watching the present-day political confrontations in my other, would-have-been, home.” Amanda Cheng
Clot is will be out September 25th via Flying Nun Records and Captured Tracks. You can pre-order it here from Flying Out.
From the Flying Nun press release:
After a knock-out entrée with 2018’s self-titled LP, the anticipation that surrounds Clot is immense. Much like Wax Chattels, the writing process for Clot took the best part of a year. While some songs were written on the road, the bulk of the album was workshopped throughout 2019 across bedrooms and storage containers. Demos were fine-tuned before taking them to the studio to be recorded by James Goldsmith (Aldous Harding, Mermaidens). Wax Chattels maintained the use of only the barest of ingredients — bass guitar, keyboard, and a two- piece drum kit — but the group spent more time experimenting with and finding new sounds. They wanted to maintain the same live element as in their debut, but, this time, heavier — for which they enlisted the help of mixing engineer, and fellow noise-maker, Ben Greenberg (Uniform, Destruction Unit, The Men). A marked step-up, this new record keeps the visceral energy of the debut, only this time they dig deeper into cathartic noise. Clot’s inspiration — or, rather, frustration — came from the doomy, gloomy corners of Auckland’s underbelly, and the theme of confrontation is central.
It is universally agreed that Wax Chattels are a must-see live act; their hypnotically sinister debut captured this perfectly. Released in 2018 and supported by relentless touring, the eponymous album reached #7 on the Official New Zealand Album Charts, and release week saw the title feature as #1 in Rough Trade’s Top 20 New Releases. Tastemakers like NPR and A.V. Club came on as early champions. The album’s success at home and abroad led to the well-deserved nomination of BestAlternativeArtistat the 2018 New Zealand Music Awards, as well as the band’s inclusion in the coveted shortlist of finalists for the Taite Music Prize and Auckland Live Best Independent Debut Award.
CLOT TRACK LIST:
5. No Ties
6. Less Is More
7. Spanners & Implements
8. An Eye
9. Forever Marred
11. You Were Right