The band formed in early 2014, influenced by 1980s alternative rock icons such as Sonic Youth, The Cure, Joy Division, Pixies
, as well as shoegaze giants My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Cocteau Twins,
and Ringo Deathstarr.
They rented a garage, went into debt by buying guitar amplifiers, drums and a line, and settled comfortably in the garage until autumn.
In October of that year, they had enough material for their first album DRY
, which was naive, honest and raw. Recorded during a continuous 27-hour session by well-known Kiev drummer Artur Mikhailenko
in his garage studio, it was then mixed and mastered by Sevastopol-based producer Alexander Chabanenko
. Released in December 2014, that album was immediately well received by Ukrainian media with moderate attention abroad in Britain, Ireland, Canada, South America, and the USA. This led to Brazil The Blog That Celebrates Itself Records
featuring the band in an interview and releasing their track Sweet Girl
on the Autumn Noises
Following a series of shows in Kyiv and other cities in Ukraine, they recorded their second release, now with hard-core vibes inspired by Mudhoney, Fugazi
and similar bands. They unleashed their anxious 6-track Sick EP
on the world, delivering a unique angst-filled unhinged sound that led Britain`s The Sound of Confusion
to claim that this band blows any out of the water for 2015 releases in terms of mixing power-driven genres like grunge, shoegaze and alternative rock citing Sonic Youth
-esque vocals and the energetic ferver of Gang of Four
and The Damned
After Eli Laika joined the band, they added synthesizers, a drum machine and drum pad and toured more, allowing them to hone their current sound. With a partially electronic and cold sound, the atmosphere became darker, their trademark wall of guitar sound became more meaningful, and distinct vocals became more self-confident.
«We are constantly in transition, indirectly undergoing a metamorphosis. When we play live, we see that people are really interested in this music», — says Eli Laika.
«We suspect that we may end up categorically changing our sound yet again, so we wanted to record the music we are working with now and this moment in time to sonic memory, so to speak», — explains Dari Maksimova. On The Wane — Schism will be released digitally on November 20 and will also be made available on CD.