‘Wood & Wire’, the split that brings together Oxford’s monolithic UNDERSMILE and their acoustic alter-ego COMA WALL on one release is set to get the CD treatment which also features the bonus track ‘Bow Wow‘ that see’s COMA WALL give their dark Americana acoustic spin on the UNDERSMILE song. The CD will be released by Future Noise Recordings and Pre-Orders are available direct from the band HERE while the vinyl is available from Shaman Recordings HERE.
Although this is COMA WALL’s debut release, they’ve already gained fans after playing sets at Desertfest 2012 and supporting Dylan Carlson (of Earth) on his first ever solo show. This recording sees the band laid bare – no amps, no fuzz boxes, just acoustic guitars, percussion and a banjo that showcases their own brand of Dark Americana and Doom-Folk in the spirit of the MTV Unplugged sessions.
On the other hand UNDERSMILE, having been endorsed by the likes of Earth’s Dylan Carlson and Henry Rollins of Black Flag, are both engaging and crushing, blending numerous influences from Swans to Babes in Toyland to arrive at a genuinely fresh, cohesive, and brutal sound. Their debut album ‘Narwhal’, released last year by Future Noise Recordings, was met with huge praise from both fans and press alike. For these tracks, the band enlisted the help of Justin Greaves (Iron Monkey, Electric Wizard, Crippled Black Phoenix) to oversee the engineering and his contribution to the recording process helped to further display UNDERSMILE’s diversity and musical growth, as well as their desire to capture a warmer, more ‘live’ sound.
This Saturday also sees UNDERSMILE and COMA WALL playing at the third annual Summer Sizzler event, hosted by When Planets Collide at the Windmill in Brixton. UNDERSMILE will headline the main event while COMA WALL will close proceedings on the Garden Stage and a Facebook has been set up HERE. This will be UNDERSMILE’s last gig of the year and one of COMA WALL’s last performances this year too. CD‘s and Vinyl of ‘Wood & Wire‘ will be available on the day, along with extremely limited numbers of t-shirts.