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New Zealand’s Wax Chattels released debut LP (watch “It” video), touring


New Zealand trio Wax Chattels make what they call “guitarless guitar music.” Using bass, drums and keyboards there is an undeniable pummeling rock vibe on their debut album which was recently released via venerable kiwi indie label Flying Nun/Captured Tracks. (Not everything on Flying Nun sounds like The Clean.) All three members studied jazz and that also comes through the music which is confrontational, both musically and lyrically. You can stream the LP, and we’ve got the premiere of the video for rat-a-tat, skronky track, “It” — check them both out below.

Wax Chattels will be on tour in North American starting this month. “We want to play shows that make people feel uncomfortable,” says keyboardist/vocalist Peter Ruddell. “The goal is to leave the audience feeling slightly altered, like they have experienced, not just heard or seen something.” The tour includes two NYC shows: June 30 at Rough Trade with B Boys (tickets) and a free show on July 14 at Wayward in Bushwick.

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Wax Chattels – 2018 Tour Dates
6/23 – London, UK – The Lexington &
6/25 – Brighton, UK – The Hope & Ruin
6/26 – London, UK – The Lock Tavern (Free Show)
6/29 – Brooklyn, NY – Live at The Lot Radio
6/30 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade NYC (Brooklyn Sound with B Boys)
7/02 – Philadephia, PA – Boot & Saddle ^
7/03 – Charlotte, NC – Lunchbox Records In-Store
7/05 – Nashville, TN – Betty’s
7/06 – Memphis, TN – Murphy’s
7/08 – Indianapolis, IN – State Street Pub
7/09 – Detroit, MI – Outer Limits
7/10 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
7/12 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle %
7/13 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Shop $
7/14 – Brooklyn, NY – Wayward (Free Show)
7/16 – Los Angeles, CA – Fingerprints In-Store
7/17 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Secret
7/20 – Seattle, WA – Venue TBD
7/21 – Portland, OR – House Show
7/23 – Sacramento, CA – Venue TBD @
7/24 – Fresno, CA – Tioga Sequoia Brewing Company
7/25 – Bakersfield, CA – Venue TBD @
7/27 – Los Angeles, CA – The Rec Center @

& with LA Witch
^ with David Vassalotti (of Merchandise)
% with Radiant Devices
$ with Gotobeds
@ with Warm Drag

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