Anyone that namechecks The Vaselines is going to be held to a high standard, but Witching Waves acquit themselves with a raw and rare flair on Eye 2 Eye from their upcoming Persistence album.

There’s a very brash and raucous feel to Eye 2 Eye, with shades of the aforementioned Vaselines present in the sensual rock tones and air of knowing transgression. It’s music that isn’t afraid to be dangerous and deviant.

The lyrics are frequently brutal in their honesty and emotion, and the vocal phrasing reminds me of Buzzcocks at times, with deadpan anger adding another layer of complexity to a bruising arrangement.

Persistence is the third album by Witching Waves and is out 5th April 2019 via Bristol’s Specialist Subject Records.

You can find out more about how the pre-order the vinyl (Limited to 500 copies on yellow or blue 12″ vinyl) as well as the CD version of the album here and on Bandcamp. You can also catch up with the London based trio on Twitter and Facebook.

Photo by Andrew Northrop