Witching Waves - Fear of Falling Down
In 2014, Witching Waves released their understatedly amazingly debut Fear of Falling Down on, the now sadly defunct, Soft Power Records. Long-since sold out, the wonderful Odd Box Records has stepped in to make it available again, this time on swirly black & white vinyl.
Combining a keen ear for lo-fi indie dreaminess, repetition-rock, and noise-pop, Witching Waves wind their way straight from London's DIY feminist underground straight into your heart, and stuck in your head for days after. It's never just black or white: they are worldly-wise and wide-eyed, and happy/sad, effortless and hard-worked-for.... brand new nostalgia.
Here the band speak about making the album, and it's surprise success:
"Graeme from Soft Power came up to me after our set in front of literally no one in Edinburgh. It was our third gig with our new bass player, who had learned the songs in a soundcheck before an equally empty room in Manchester. Graeme said to me “I can’t wait to hear the EP, if even you wanted to do an album, we’d be up for that”. I politely thanked him, as my adrenaline soared. We were going to make AN ALBUM based on this man’s very poor judgement. We had like five songs, and wrote six more. We recorded it. I agonised over every snare hit, and we made our first ever LP. Fear Of Falling Down came out in December 2014. I don’t think it made any charts. I think Tom Ravenscroft might have played ‘Better Run’ on his show. And we continued going up and down the country playing to almost no one.
"Something strange happened though, ‘Better Run’ had a great video by Moe Meade, and a lot of people liked it. The record had received a glowing review in Drowned In Sound, and Norman Records, my favourite record shop, had deemed it worthy. Then the record sold out in less than a couple of months. All of our copies went in no time and before we knew it we were being asked where our LP was, and how people could get their hands on it.
"We’ve made another record since then [2016's Crystal Cafe], and that has done alright too. People still ask me about FOFD though, and seem at least moderately sad or genuinely put out when I say that we don’t have any left. One of those people happens to be Pete Dale out of Milky Wimpshake. Now it’s time for Fear Of Falling Down to get another shot, and be available to at least the people who asked for it the first time."
Fear Of Falling Down
Limited to 300 copies worldwide; black & white splatter vinyl.