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HOUSEWIVES are a genreless band from London who play experimental music that points to the future.
Using prepared guitars, electronics, percussion and saxophone they create an enveloping sound of syncopated rhythms and antithetical song structures. Droning bass lines underpin ethereal samples, whilst precise guitar lines mix with minimal drum parts in ecstatic fashion. Their kinetic live sets have cemented their reputation as one of the most exciting live bands in Europe; championed by the likes of Tom Ravenscroft (BBC 6 Music), BBC Radio 3 Late Junction and pioneering experimental musician Charles Hayward (This Heat). They join the like of Liars, Animal Collective and The Knife in laying the gauntlet for experimental music this decade and pushing the boundaries of what a live band can do.
Having known each other since childhood, the band joined together in London in 2013 to ferment an incendiary musical relationship that has lead to a prolific set of releases. After an eponymous EP with Brighton based Faux Discx, their first full length ‘Work’ took the band to a barn in a desolate corner of France. With agricultural machinery at hand and the production duties of Vision Fortune’s Alex Townsend ‘Work’ is a claustrophobic, bone dry and feral record; adding to the post punk cannon what This Heat left behind.
Now they return, in 2019, for more anarchic genre-blending adventures with their second LP, 'Twilight Splendour'; a synthesized collage written in Wetherspoons, cafes and anywhere away from their houseboats where they could find a permanent electrical supply.
Exploring the possibilities of electronic sound, this new LP marks a turning point for the band - who sold their guitars to buy midi equipment and swapped London rents for water habitation. Bringing to mind the digital meditations of legendary producer Oneohtrix Point Never and the claustrophobic sampling of Animal Collective and Battles, 'Twilight Splendour' presents a love letter from an early AI to its owner, its concept-led songs strewn with “ecstatic messages of frustration and a desire to connect”.
Occupying a dystopian world where real emotions have been eclipsed by complex coded simulations, Housewives are now set to unleash their game-changing new album — turning away from performance-based writing, the human, and facing the cold light of computers head on.