Dead Waves is the sound of an avalanche. The three-piece creates sludgy, sinister noise that seems to roar loud enough to dissolve speakers. If you are looking for heavy and powerful songs to listen to, then Dead Waves should be the next band you check out.
The group consists of Teddy and Nick Panopoulos, from Whitestone, who play bass and guitar, respectively, with both members on vocals as well. Drummer Jordan Fogle is the third key component of the band’s punishing instrumentation. While Dead Waves excels at making an uproarious clamor, these three musicians are talented enough to keep their songs from falling apart.
“My brother and I have always been involved in the arts, but there was something about music, it was the one medium where we felt a certain freedom that we couldn’t get anywhere else,” Teddy said. “We’ve been in other bands/projects before but with the Dead Waves, we just wanted to go out there and make our noise and try to break free from the traditional genres.”
The band also looks to break free from traditional societal structures, influences and ideologies that cause many people to become disengaged and listless. The name Dead Waves is about this sense of disinterest that threatens to wash over them every day.
“When I would sit around and catch myself falling for my own biases or absorbing someone else’s predisposed views and mindless entertainment, I always used to feel that I was becoming disconnected and detached from any form of self-enlightenment,” Teddy said.
It is certainly impossible to feel detached when listening to Dead Waves, especially the songs on the band’s second EP, “Take Me Away,” and its follow-up release, “Oracles of the Grave/Promise.” Although the group’s two EPs were self-recorded, the double-sided single was recorded by the legendary Steve Albini. Albini is best known as a member of punk rock band Big Black and for producing Nirvana’s third album, “In Utero.”
Dead Waves worked on the songs at Electrical Audio, Albini’s studio located in Chicago.
“It was a surreal experience, playing our music in the studio and on the other side of the room, having Steve there recording and then mixing it, bringing out the monster in the tracks…just making the songs sound so heavy and big,” Teddy said. “He gets noise and just knew how to record our sound. It’s just that much more validating when you record with someone who understands what you’re going for and helps you bring it to fruition.”
Teddy added that the raw nature of Dead Waves’ music means that the band tries to emulate their live sound in the studio, with no filters or audio trickery.
The trio shows no signs of slowing down either, as they are working on new material for their first full-length album, which they hope to record and release in 2015. To learn more about Dead Waves, visit deadwaves.com.
– Joe Marvilli