One of my best discoveries this year has been new Edinburgh band Wozniak. Having been fortunate to catch their first public performance a few months ago, I was pleased to catch them again more recently in Dundee where advance copies of their debut single ‘MFMB’ were available.
Wozniak are a largely instrumental band whose approach to making music can fairly be described as cerebral. But that approach is not purely academic – they’re a band who draw you into their maelstrom to provoke an emotional response.
A typical Wozniak song (albeit accepting that ‘typical’ is relative) will be built on the foundations of the rhythm section allowing both Simon and Sarah the scope to explore all sorts of guitar noise. There’s undoubtedly an element of post-rock in the mix but the guitars range from the delicate to the heavy lending a number of their tunes an air of menace.
‘MFMB’ is a good example of their general approach, boasting a brooding bass line, but with harsh metallic guitars foreshadowing an urgent increase in tempo towards the end of the song. Someone like the late lamented You Already Know may be a good comparison.
B-side ‘New Hampshire’ (not the Sonic Youth song) adds spectral vocals to the mix and a guitar lead which functions as the song’s hook whilst retaining many of the elements of the lead track.
What’s interesting, having seen the band live, is that both ‘MFMB’ and ‘New Hampshire’ are representative of only part of the band’s repertoire. Should they be minded to they could release something very different as the next single. For that reason, Wozniak are a band to watch.
The just released video for ‘MFMB’
Wozniak launch ‘MFMB’ at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh on Friday (1st November) with support from the mighty Vladimir and We Came From The North. More info here.
Previously on MPT – Wozniak interview (August 2013)