|“Listening to WAZU’s “Murder 1” provokes the urge to paint an Aladdin Sane lightning bolt across your face and visit a seedy, underground hot spot full of androgynous artists and wandering neon lights. The track sparkles with all the glitter and glitz of 70s glam rock and pops in your head like candy.” — The Deli Magazine
WAZU: NEON MURDER MUSIC FOR THE DANCE FLOOR
If you’ve been paying attention to the NYC music scene (and you should be) you know that Brooklyn-based Australian transplants WAZU have been generating heaps of buzz as of late. And if you’ve heard their new single “Murder 1,” you understand why. It’s synth-heavy, post-apocalyptic pop that tips its hat to dark wave gothic gloom while shimmering with a healthy dose of neon (Ziggy) stardust. The track is a glorious, vicious little tease of what’s to come from this male-female duo that appear to have swallowed some of the same sexy electronic-pills as The xx, but have regurgitated them in a much more elaborate and foreboding fashion. And come 1/10/2012 you’ll be able to further whet your appetite when WAZU release their 3 song WAZU EP (Anti-Language Recordings), which was produced by the legendary Kevin McMahon (Swans, Titus Andronicus, The Walkmen, Real Estate).
In their first week of playing together as WAZU, the duo performed seven shows in six nights at the Top 10 “Best of the Fest” Festival at Toronto Indie Week 2010. “We showed up planning to play three shows, but [we] kept winning!” Shortly after, the band performed as part of the CMJ Festival at Lower East Side staple The Living Room, the Neon Reverb Music Festival in Las Vegas, and the Dropout Party at Don Hill’s in New York City. And in the past few months they made the top 3 of The Deli Magazine’s Year End Best of NYC Poll for Emerging Artists 2011. In addition their dark wave electro rock has earned them glowing reviews and promising mentions in In- d Scene UK, Some Kind of Awesome, and Alfitude, to name just a few.
And don’t think “Murder 1” is all they’ve got in their arsenal. The second track off the EP, “Happy Endings” is a cynical sing-along, fast-paced stunner that resonates with the lyrics: “take a look at me/I’m living proof/happy endings don’t have room for two.” Never has heartbreak sounded so damn enticing—and danceable. In celebration of their debut EP release, WAZU will perform at Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn, NY on the same night as their EP release (1/10/2012). And be sure to look for WAZU’s debut LP, also produced by Kevin McMahon, out 5/29/2012.