25 Jan Wax Chattels
After a knock-out entrée with 2018’s self-titled LP, the band’s immensely anticipated sophomore album was a sonically and politically timely response to 2020. Much like Wax Chattels, the writing process for Clot took the best part of a year.
While some songs were written on the road, the bulk of the album was workshopped throughout 2019 across bedrooms and storage containers. Wax Chattels maintained the use of only the barest of ingredients — bass guitar, keyboard, and a two-piece drum kit — but the group spent more time experimenting with and finding new sounds.
They wanted to maintain the same live element as in their debut, but, this time, heavier — for which they enlisted the help of mixing engineer, and fellow noise-maker, Ben Greenberg (Uniform, Destruction Unit, The Men) and mastering engineer Heba Kadry (Chelsea Wolfe, Slowdive). A marked step-up, this new record keeps the visceral energy of the debut, only this time they dig deeper into cathartic noise. Clot’s inspiration — or, rather, frustration — came from the doomy, gloomy corners of Auckland’s underbelly, and the theme of confrontation is central.