Watch the new video for Microwaves track, "Ex Moonwalker," via BrooklynVegan, here.
Of innumerable bands that traffic in dissonance, the musick of Pittsburgh, PA’s Microwaves shears clean and hot as an oxy-lance through the defenses of even the most cynical noise rock aficionado. The trio plies a no-wave/prog-thrash scree that evokes the doings of today’s renegade wetware punks who shove glass-sheathed RFID chips and rare-earth magnets into fresh incisions - dimensions away from the bluesy shot-and-beer heartland rock of their local bar scene. Bursting forth with 2001’s “Professional Systems Overload” EP and the following year’s “System 2” (both featuring original bassist/vocalist Steve Moore, now of ZOMBI) John Roman (drums, formerly of the 1985, and current member of Night Vapor and Brown Angel) and David Kuzy (guitar, vocals) cycled through bass players for several years (including a stint as a synth/sampler-augmented duo) before joining with Johnny Arlett for their longest-running lineup to date. Over the years, Microwaves continued to pick up the loose ends left by Voivod, MX-80, Snakefinger, and some of their own Pittsburgh-area “math-rock” contemporaries, twisting them into a Gordian knot that at once rages and confounds.
Visuals and editing for Ex Moonwalker video by Johnny Arlett. Animations by David Kuzy.
The band's most recent album, Via Weightlessness, is available through Three One G Records on black vinyl as well as digitally via iTunes. Order here.
See the insanity live at one of their upcoming shows:
Nov. 1- Louisville, KY @ Kaiju
Nov. 2- St.Louis, MO @ Schlafly Tap Room
Nov. 3- Dubuque, IA @ Blu Room
Nov. 4- Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s
Nov. 5- Minneapolis, MN @ Part Wolf
Nov. 6- Milwaukee, WI @ Bremen Cafe
Nov. 7- Chicago, IL @ Burlington Bar
Nov. 8- Detroit, MI @ Kelly’s Bar
Nov. 9- Columbus, OH @ Spacebar