Brooklyn-and-Austria-based power indie rock band superWAV are back with aTypical, a heady, bluesy EP that’s for the rock fans.
Coming of age in the 90s, broody, guitar driven rock was the fuel to my angsty teenage energy. Seattle grunge was all I listened to on my yellow Sony walkman, and life was simple even if the music I loved was ever so powerful and complex. Listening to superWAV brings me right back to those days.
superWAV was formed back in 2020 by German-born siblings Anne and Volker Wichmann, multimedia powerhouse and indie guitar heavy-hitter respectively. The pair set out to create a stripped-down rock sound reminiscent of all the best eras of power rock. With their new EP, they’ve stripped down even further.
Shares Anne Wichmann, “We wanted the songs to be straightforward, direct and in your face. Basically: Let’s take out everything that the song does not need. Reduce it to pure guts! Yet the theme of archetypes is a complex one, and its exploration is adding a thoughtful layer to the music.”
With their first EP, 2018’s Elements and subsequent 2020 single “The King,” it seems superWAV intended a stylized form of rock with some programming and electronic elements. As Anne’s other project, She’s Excited! is multi-genre, it’s easy to see where the two would meet, but for aTypical, the siblings wanted something more raw and rock.
Channeling the blues tones of bands like The White Stipes and PJ Harvey but with the feedback of Sonic Youth or even Sabbath, in Volker’s guitar work, Anne’s normally smooth Siouxsie Sioux-like vocals take on a gravel timbre that goes perfectly with the riffs. The pair are separated by an ocean and half a continent (with one in the U.S. and the other in the E.U.), but working together seemed to go seamlessly, according to Volker: “It’s so much fun to work together again,” he said. “And exciting to find new ways of collaborating across such a long distance. For ATYPICAL it feels like we picked up where RAWJAW (the Wichmanns’ earlier band in the early 00s) ended – yet finding our own sound of today in every tune.”
While the sound is classic, grungy rock, like many things the Wichmanns do, there are layers to aTypical. The production of the album is also where this layered style comes in, as the siblings mixed and engineered it in the Italian alps while blasting other power rock music greats like Monster Magnet, Alice in Chains and The Kills. An aTypical approach to typical rock.
Official Website: https://www.superwav.rocks/
Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@superWAVrocks