WASPS announced themselves fully in September this year, playing a number of shows in Belfast and Derry. The two-piece, consisting of drummer Charlie Cairns and the verging on prolific Danny McClelland, are ready to put their music out there and we’re thrilled to bring you a first listen of the band’s debut single.
On ‘Godzilla is Dead’ WASPS set their stall out immediately. Opening with the bluesy strains of Danny McClelland’s guitar, it takes a mere ten seconds for the track to kick off. Over the course of three and a half minutes the band cover a lot of ground, seamlessly blending punk bravado with blues and math rock. The track’s infectious reprise has overtones of bluesy grit in the guitar riff, with brief verse passages serving as quick breaths of air before the heavy riffing comes back into play. Pushing the track forwards at all times is Charlie Cairns’ heavy hitting drumming, moving towards a big outro.
Godzilla is Dead was the first of our tracks that we played that gave us a gut feeling that a heavy track should when you play it and or listen to it. The elements of dance music, the blues and the fact that the only vocals in the song are a brief shout really sold it for us when deciding the first single.
The band’s sound carries the flag from previous Northern Irish heavy hitters such as LaFaro and most notably And So I Watch You From Afar. ‘Godzilla is Dead’ was recorded at Smalltown America, who are no strangers to the genre themselves. The video, shot by Daniel O’Rawe and Solunaire Productions, ties the track to a plethora of, at times, disorientating visuals, aping the band’s math punk aesthetic.