Meat Wave are constantly being asked about their name, but they get why you would. Pulled from a classic headline in The Onion, the Chicago-based trio will release their new album Delusion Moon via new home SideOneDummy Records on September 18.
Delusion Moon is a record that works as one interlocking piece. Focusing on lunar cycles and the concept of moon sickness [nb: it’s the dark side of the moon, yes, but not as you know it], Meat Wave put themselves in other peoples’ shoes and attempt to work through the insanity of our modern world. It’s a record that’s varied, versatile and endlessly venomous, from the agitation and unease of ‘Network’ and ‘Cosmic Zoo’ to the snarky social commentary of ‘The Gay Contempt’.
Stream the blistering title track ‘Delusion Moon’ BELOW:
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Ultimately, Delusion Moon is a cunning satire – an attempt to find clarity among the madness, sucking everyone in and uniting them all in the way only this band can.
Formed in 2011 by the trio of Chris Sutter (vocals/guitar), Joe Gac (bass) and Ryan Wizniak (drums), the three punk scene stalwarts came together and, just a year later, released its self-titled full-length debut. That first collection of songs was a master class in abrasive post-punk made to feel poppy, 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.
Now, following this year’s lauded Brother EP – which saw release via our own Brace Yourself Records – the band return invigorated: as confrontational as ever, with an increasingly ferocious live show (which you can catch on a whole host of live shows across the US and UK this autumn), ready to make their biggest statement to date. The planets – and yes, moons – might at last have aligned for Meat Wave.
Aug 28-30 | Riot Fest, Denver, CO, USA
Sept 11-13 | Riot Fest, Chicago, IL, USA
Oct 13 | Majestic Café, Detroit, MI, USA
Oct 14 | The Waiting Room, Buffalo, NY, USA
Oct 20 | Everybody Hits (Batting Cages), Philadelphia, PA, USA
Oct 21 | BAR, New Haven, CT, USA
Oct 22 | Metro Gallery, Baltimore, MD, USA
Oct 24 | Double Happiness, Columbus, OH, USA
Oct 25 | MOTR, Cincinatti, OH, USA
Oct 27 | Stone Fox, Nashville, TN, USA
Oct 28 | 529, Atlanta, GA, USA
Oct 29 | Pre-Fest, Tampa, FL, USA
Oct 30 – Nov 1 | The Fest, Gainesville, FL, USA
Nov 23 | Hope & Ruin, Brighton, UK
Nov 24 | Start the Bus, Bristol, UK
Nov 25 | Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham, UK
Nov 26 | The Victoria, London, UK
Nov 27 | Gullivers, Manchester, UK
Nov 28 | JT Soar, Nottingham, UK
Nov 29 | Brudenell Social Club (Games Room), Leeds, UK
Nov 30 | Owl Sanctuary, Norwich, UK