I think we can all agree that in a era where Tumblr activists, Americana side projects, and high waisted denim shorts are all too popular, #sludgewave is easily the best facet of contemporary youth culture. Not only is it one of the only places where you don’t have to be ashamed of songs that you can play on one string (of an 8-string guitar) and arrangements where every piece of the band becomes a percussion instrument, it’s imo the only fresh, new-sounding genre to emerge since the tr00bonic plague started to choke out musical innovation in favor of more generic, limpwristed 90s revival bullshit. In this post, I will share a few of my favorite newish #sludgewave tracks that you may have slept on.
First up is this little gem. You may know my buddy Jared from “THE WORLD’S HARDEST EMMURE COVER” aka YA BOI J-SWEEPZ. And if you liked that, you will probably like his band SLUDGEWAVE 64. This is their new single “Isabelle” and I think you will agree that it goes exceedingly hard. I wish I was doing shit this cool when I was 18. Highlights: the “oooooo-eh” at :35 fukkkkkkkk // the dancing skeleton at 1:40.
Next we have VILLIANS, who kind of remind me of a more stripped-down GOLIATH, with a similar combination of sludgewave riffs and punky-hc type vocals. I’m pretty sure I’ve written about these guys before, but this song is new(ish) and definitely worth a listen. Very heavy A++++ WDBWA
You might also like the new shit from BARRIER, who along with VILLIANS are really carving out their own specific Chiraq-style niche in the #sludgewave movement. Definitely feeling the “early EMMURE riffs with AMERICAN NIGHTMARE vocals” thing.
And last but not least we have the one and only A MEMORIA BROODED, who for my money are the single heaviest band in sludgewave. But aside from being heavy as shit they have a sense of groove and melody (the spooky leads) that really is just head and shoulders above the rest of the genre. A lot of that is due to Ty Acord, who plays drums in AMB, DJs in ISSUES, and is for lack of better words a ‘Real Musician™.’ And it shows in how catchy AMB is: you’re basically obligated to bob your head and engage in wiggerish arm movements as soon as you press play! Oh, and he also recorded this track– a big step in production from their LP (which he also recorded). With so many talents, he is a true Renaissance man– imo he is basically the Michaelangelo of #sludgewave!