Cliches that should be in this review but I’m too lazy to write up: a) post-rock that’s not boring b) instrumental music that isn’t boring c) break downs and heavy bits that aren’t boring.

You get the idea. “Colours” isn’t boring, and given how saturated the internet has left modern music can you really ask for more? You absolutely should, and Vasa will certainly deliver. And in a much more timely fashion than most other post-rock bands.

Vasa up the game when it comes to the instrumental music. They somehow manage to take the introspective dynamics that make post-rock so appealing on paper and inject with a sense of adventure and spontaneity that forces you to pay much less attention to your shoes.

Vasa "Clamps" // Self-release 2015
Vasa “Clamps” // Self-release 2015

“Clamps” is the first real look into the band’s upcoming and its a fantastically textured track full of intricate melodies, wailing delayed lead lines and tight rhythms. During the heavier moments that track sounds like an avalanche. But a good natured one.

Where on earth did Sleepmakeswaves come from?

The answer is Australia, and it’s been incredibly selfish of them to keep them to themselves for so long because their set at The Cathouse last night was absolutely stunning.

sleepmakeswaves // photograph by Calum McMillan
sleepmakeswaves // photograph by Calum McMillan

Normally, instrumental post-rock is a phrase that turns me off more than the idea of Bruce Forsyth dressed in fascist regalia with his arm around the waist a woman who feels distinctly uncomfortable at his lecherous touch. Sleepmakeswaves on the other hand, they turned me on let.

The appeal of the band lies in the fact they play music that sounds like post-rock but they look like a hardcore band when they play that music. A hardcore band that is much better than most other hardcore bands because they understand the importance of subtlety.

A note to the young ones who like the hardcore these days: subtlety is not removing the misogynistic slogans from your shirts and leaving them in your lyrics. That still makes you a knuckle dragging idiot.

sleepmakeswaves // photograph by Calum McMillan
sleepmakeswaves // photograph by Calum McMillan

Possibly the best about sleepsmakeswaves is that their dynamics sound organic and less like the forced genre constraints of their post-rock peers. Also, they sound legitimately heavy. None of this tinny, scratchy distorted nonsense hear. When this band go noisy they bring the groove and the weight in a way that shudders the room.

It kind of reminds you what heavy really means. And it isn’t low tunings and additional strings. It’s about creating music that moves you, from their intricate and delicate musings to those sweeping and crushing crescendos.

Put it this way, this band made more of a statement when they ended on a whisper than any amount of post-show feedback and glum posturing ever has.

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I didn’t care about Flood of Red at all back in the day. I did them see them play a tiny night club in my backwater town to about fifteen people with Yashin (back when they just had one singer and still sounded really dated) and I thoroughly enjoyed their set, but that initial EP and the 2010 full length that followed never did it for me.