THE WHARVES Announce Electa, due 4th November on Gringo Records

September 29, 2016



Announce Electa, due 4th November on Gringo Records

UK Tour Dates this Autumn

The Wharves return with their second long-player for Gringo Records. EntitledElecta and 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.

The Line of Best Fit describes “The Strike” as “gorgeous three-part harmonies perch atop a psych foam, with hefty basslines worming through crashing drums – it’s a song that begins strong and simple, but slowly unravels, growing into an all-consuming wave of rocky pop brilliance.” Watch the video 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.
Live Dates:
Tuesday 25th October – Rough Trade In Store, London
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 – Venue TBC, 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

Electa Tracklisting:

Side I
The Strike
Rays Of Light
John The Stitcher
Venus of Hornchurch
Old Friend

Side II
Sweet Merry Time
Well Well Well
Holy Maid
Your Lies are Fun
Lived or Died
My Will


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