Another Wave started a couple of years back but only recently released their self-titled debut album Another Wave. The three-piece made up of Jake Merritt (vocals, guitar), Blue Phillips (bass) and Daniel Burch (drums) play hard-hitting rock music that can bear some comparison to a band like Queens Of The Stone Age. For the most part the band’s style and songwriting is tight. That being said there were a couple of songs that didn’t move the needle for me.
I always felt like three-piece bands have it kind of hard. Especially for the dude playing an instrument and singing. All things considered Merritt does an exceptional job at mixing it up on guitar while belting it out. He is constantly breaking off doing leads or busting out high-octane riffs. Suffice it to say I’d love to see these guys live.
One thing that needs to be mentioned is the length of the album. It takes some effort to get through. The songs average around five minutes in length with no filler. Although the album does take some effort, which a lot of people don’t have for music these days, I recommend you put in the work because it is rewarding.
Out of the thirteen songs there was a couple that stuck out to me as highlights. “I Could Be Wrong” contains one of Merritt’s best vocal performances. His delivery sounded natural and dynamic as the start and stop style guitar and bass provide a suitable canvas. On the very next song “Forward Motion” Merritt does an even better job with his vocals. He sounds heartfelt and soulful here. I loved the jazzy, smooth verse they have on this song.
The band goes on a roll with the next couple of songs. They mix things up with “Tyrant.” It has this I’m lost in the desert type vibe that is slick. Merritt’s vocals are distorted here and the song doesn't sound like anything else on the album. You can make an argument for “Drifting” being the best track on the album. The song really has it all.
They slow things down and get a bit sensitive with “It’s Alright” while going pretty epic on “Main Sequence.” A good closing song is crucial and they don't disappoint with “Time Song.” It’s the most graceful song on the album as they implement orchestral strings. Looking back I wish there was a little bit more of that.
Overall, this is a very strong debut. Despite a couple songs that didn’t do much for me the guys bring a certifiably enjoyable experience. Recommended.
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