Desert Wave was formed in 2016, when Drugo (drums) and Logan (bass) were already playing in a Doom Metal band to then they decided to break away and form their own that had a Psychedelic/Stoner style. After placing an ad looking for a guitarist, Burton immediately showed up and the musical understanding started right away. Their musical influences on the other hand were quite similar, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, 70’s Hard Rock, Seattle Grunge, up to the granite Desert sound of Kyuss.
With “Deafening Silence” they wanted a more Psychedelic sound than their 2017 debut “Lost in Dunes,” much more like the long jam sessions played in the rehearsal room. And after its release in November 2022, the album received an high praise both from public and critics, with top reviews and positive feedback within the whole community.
The songs were born during the pandemic. In Italy it was something that deeply marked the band. Like everyone else, they spent several weeks at home, while the empty streets generated a ghostly and disturbing silence. Even Logan‘s lyrics are a bit dark and gloomy and on “Endless Night,” Logan‘s voice carries that ghostly presence that loomed over us all. Drugo designed the cover and the artwork, as a tribute to Blade Runner movies. In both films, as in the songs on the album, there was the same feeling of foreboding that hovered in a dystopian future, in which not all the answers are clear and many questions are still unanswered. Burton’s powerful guitar riffs echo in this unreal silence, sometimes increasing the sense of restlessness, other times instead, in the more Psychedelic parts, they create a crescendo of impotence and inevitability that totally invades you and from which you cannot escape.
“Deafening Silence” will be re-released on Colored Vinyl Edition by Argonauta Records, featuring two exclusive bonus tracks and available on November 10th, 2023
This is stuff highly recommended if you like King Buffalo, Somali Yacht Club, Stoned Jesus, My Sleeping Karma.