New album Electa due 4th November on Gringo Records
Share video for ‘L’autre‘
UK Tour Dates this Autumn
inc. London’s New River Studios on 27th October
The Wharves have shared a second song from their forthcoming album, Electa. One of two songs written by French drummer Marion Andrau, ”L’autre’ is about “the other side of you, your hidden personality”. ‘L’autre’ takes the album on a contemplative detour and features atmospheric organ overtones, Marion’s distinctive guitar playing and drum work by Dearbhla Minogue. The video was made by James O’Connor, featuring clips from collections of the Florida State Library and Archives.
Electa is the band’s second long-player for Gringo Records. Recorded once again with Rory Attwell, the trio build on last year’s ‘Naz’ 7” on Upset the Rhythm, refining their distinctive sound with increasingly notable elements of heavy rock and folk. Three part vocal harmonies remain staple to the format, underpinning a progressive instrumental step-up. The trio will tour the UK this October/November, full dates are below.
Hailing from Ireland, France and England, The Wharves combine gracefully minimal psyche-rock with fuzzed out folk. They invoke the reverberated spook of 60’s groups, the mid-fi guitar crunch of Kim Deal’s The Amps, the sisterly vocal harmonies of The Roches and the narrative and structural panache of 70’s progressive folk. Thunderous drumming drives through these compositions, ensuring the wealth of disparate influences remain focused and celebratory.
On Electa, Dearbhla Minogue’s much-lauded guitar work navigates more inventively than ever around the tight and melodic rhythm section delivered with all the gusto and trust of a band five years into playing together.
Songwriting duties are democratic as always, with drummer Marion Andrau delivering two atmospheric and personal stand-outs (‘Your Lies are Fun’, ‘L’autre’) that reveal an entire new dimension of possibility for the group.
Utilising the twenty-piece all-female ‘Rebel Choir’ on immense closer ‘My Will’, usual bass-player Gemma Fleet takes to the guitar and leads the ensemble to unite a powerful crescendo that defines Electa’s confident feel: a rock record not afraid to experiment, without ever losing the singular identity The Wharves have created for themselves.
Thurs 27th October – New River Studios (w. Sleeve, Bamboo), London
Sat 29th October – The Angel (w. Rattle & Mia La Metta), Nottingham
Sunday 30th October – Wharf Chambers (w. Commiserations & Thick Syrup), Leeds
Monday 31st October – The Basement (w. French Exits), York
Tuesday 1st Nov – The Old Hairdressers (w. Rocky Lorelei, Blood of the Bull & Smack Wizards), Glasgow
Wednesday 2nd Nov – The Harley, Sheffield
Thursday 3rd Nov – Venue TBC, Colchester, Arts Centre
Friday 4th Nov – Hope & Ruin (w. Slum of Legs), Brighton
Saturday 12th Nov – Totality (w. SWIR), Bristol
Rays Of Light
John The Stitcher
Venus of Hornchurch
Sweet Merry Time
Well Well Well
Your Lies are Fun
Lived or Died