WAHL share new video ‘Always Gonna Be This Way’

August 30, 2019


New video ‘Always Gonna Be This Way’ out now

WAHL is the South London duo consisting of multi-instrumentalist Rachel Still and drummer Kayleigh Cheer; and they’ve released their brooding new video for ‘Always Gonna Be This Way’.

Impactful and dark, the track is the perfect introduction to a band cloaked in the kind of mystery difficult to achieve in the modern music industry. Choosing not to give too much away and reveling in adopting a more traditional means of self-promotion, they let the art speak for itself. The band also campaign for equality in the music industry by rejecting gender labels completely; “We prefer to think of ourselves simply as musicians, as opposed to women in music.”

Their second single ‘Heaven Knows’ was released November 2018 alongside B-side ‘T.V.’, both tracks premiered on BBC Introducing and the accompanying self-produced video for ‘Heaven Knows’ premiered on Clash Magazine. They’re a firm part of the growing scene surrounding Hermitage Works Studios (Calva Louise, Goat Girl, Meggie Brown), which is where they formed their partnership with producer Margo Broom.

The two explore lush overlapping, soaring vocals and guitars in an effort to challenge what a two-piece can do musically. What would hold back most artists sonically has driven WAHL to do more, with each new track delving deeper into experimentation and forcing them to constantly mutate. This has led to a diverse source of influences from Bauhaus to early Einstürzende Neubauten but at its core the music is individual and personal, with new single ‘Always Gonna Be This Way’ also informed by lullabies and scraping metal.

As with almost all the visuals for the band, the poignant single artwork was shot by Rachel Still using an early 1980s camera in NYC two years ago. It shows a man sat upon a fire hydrant next to his flower stall. “His eyes are still” she tells us of the picture, “though it feels as if his mind is moving. I like the cars in the background, I like how he is so still. I like how his livelihood encroaches the frame but does not fully obscure him.”

Via a series of online live performances, as well as quality live shows around the capital, the band are currently teasing their tightly arranged new tracks that have been in the works behind the scenes for a year now.

Live dates:

The Finsbury, London, UK – 5.9

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