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The hotly anticipated debut album from Industrial-Grunge act Wax on Water (WoW) will be released digitally on 11th November 2016 and followed in January 2017 with a special limited vinyl edition.
It follows the release of the short horror film homage ‘LACHRIMAE’ which teased tracks from PROCESSION.
“If you love Nine Inch Nails’ mainman Trent Reznor’s side-project How To Destroy Angels, you’ll like The electro-stylings of Camden newbies Wax on Water” Kerrang!
“Wax on Water has arrived and you cannot escape from their psyched-out, industrial wrath.” Circles & Soundwaves
From the opening anthemic onslaught of An Army, to ethereal tracks such as Innate and the eponymous Procession, the album journeys through seven intense and lyrically driven, electro- grunge original rock tracks that will haunt you.
“The motivation behind the album was to create something visceral and aurally descriptive of where I was mentally” says songwriter Maya. “I had reached a place where anger and fear were starting to distort my inner self and I was starting to lose a sense of hope for any kind of desirable future, so Procession was about creating a gateway back to myself.”
“The album deals with dissolution, reckoning and rebuilding; one of the definitions of Procession is ‘the act of coming forth from a source’, as well as describing forward movement and this represented that time of exploration – both personally and creatively,” she adds.
Maya’s songwriting draws influence from Grunge and Industrial giants Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, Nirvana, Hole and Soundgarden. Her songwriting sound came to life with her moving to Camden and the inevitable influence of its world famous Rock ‘n’ Roll streets. Maya describes the overall production of the album as a ‘Camden Sound’ – she explains: “Camden’s down ‘n’ dirty attitude is a great backdrop to work against. The streets are alive and unruly and it informs the character of my songs – I like dramatic strings, distorted guitars and beats & lyrics which reflect the beautiful, chaotic and ugly things that I see around me and inside myself.”
Having a penchant for the darker side of life, Wax on Water (aka Maya Fire) wanted to introduce her debut album Procession in a non-traditional way. With the album being ready for release around Halloween she decided to combine her love of film and music to create a truly unique piece.
A former winner of the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge album competition, Maya co-wrote and starred in the horror short LACHRIMAE which pays homage to the classics of the genre as well as some modern favourites. Horror and rock fans will delight in spotting the obvious and the more subtle references in addition to the most renowned and cult movies, whilst the soundtrack teases songs from Wax on Water’s album Procession.
Wax on Water’s debut album is released digitally on 11th November 2016 when answers on which films are featured in the short film will be revealed through the Facebook & Twitter pages for Wax on Water.
Wax on Water has built a grass roots following through social media & gigs and have amassed an impressive 30,000+ fans on the Facebook page alone, from as far afield as Australia, Japan, Germany and South America, as well as the USA and the UK.
Procession – Track by Track commentary by Maya Fire:
1. An Army
“An Army was the recognition point – seeing that inside I felt divided and unreconciled. In the pre-chorus I used dub drums, a vocoder and distorted electro strings to break away from the unrelenting bass and drum loop in the verse to represent that feeling of disorientation you get when you step off the treadmill and see things differently for a split second. ”
2. Chelsea Fuck
“This song is a tale about the disintegration of a boy’s soul and his seeming inability to take control and rescue himself. It’s auto-biographical – I write with a male protagonist when I can’t quite deal with singing things about myself that I don’t want to hear. “
“I wanted to have an element of piano playing that felt like me age 8, practicing in my parent’s front room. The lyrics are dark and trace original childhood fears – but now in the mind of a girl fully grown and ready to fight back. It’s kinda like the end of a Tarantino movie when things are all fucked up but there is some kind of good guy victory at the end, even though you’re not sure what you have just experienced…”
4. The Fall and The Flame
“I love synthesizers, compressed electro beats and cello and I wanted to write my version of a pop song to trivialize my subject matter (an unrequited love affair). I don’t really sing words like ‘baby’ in my choruses – I don’t like overused words, so ‘Am I wasting All My Time?’ sounded fresher to me and where I found my lyrics going, so though I may have failed in trivializing the subject, at least it captures a real emotional response.”
“I used male and female choirs, church bells and acoustic guitar next to the other degraded instruments in Innate – so it’s probably my most gothic song in terms of arrangement (I’ve always been a fan of Sisters of Mercy – so goth is not a dirty word!). In terms of subject matter, I went through a period of very bad depression for about 2 years and one of the things I would constantly think about was whether I could say that I was living up to being the person that I could be. The core lyric in this song is ‘And honesty exhales a seed, a trousseau of alchemy that stops the fear that delays’ Once I wrote that, I felt that I turned a corner and started to fight my way out of the depression. I didn’t feel as fearful as I had.”
Enamour is about being crushed by hopes not coming to fruition – it could be any situation, but I felt that the word enamour was the right one to describe that sense of hope that is based on desire rather than reality. However, from the middle 8 and by the end of the song, the more angelic sounding electro tones make peace for that sentiment because I couldn’t bear leaving that song just as a reflection of the anger, it needed to resolve in me. “
“Procession is the concluding song of the album and pulls together all the strands and sentiments of the other songs. It was important to me that it reflected beauty, anger, frailty and strength as that was the space I inhabited when I was writing the album. There is no big conclusion – life isn’t that succinct, which is why tones rise and then drop away like water – but there is movement. Being static is the worst state for me and represents debilitating depression, so the ending of the song is like tearing up all forms to ensure continued movement. I used a hand-built oscillator in the last section to create that sense of driving chaos and of course, piano comes through at the end as that is – and always has been – my reference for stability.”