Don't be fooled by the name. First time we heard from these guys we sensed we were about to listen to some garage punk music - wrong! Montreal based Freak Heat Waves draw inspiration from the darkest hours of Manchester's experimental scene (with a bit of Krautrock for good measure). They're back but are they still any good?
After the release of the confusing and exciting Bonnie's State Of Mind in 2015, the duo return with a new LP called Beyond XXXL. The first track Toxic Talk Show transcends with frenetic synth-driven disorder. It's mental. They're definitely back. Are they still any good? Why yes - see for yourself - they hit the road in April alongside Canadian pals Preoccupations, who have also just released a new album. To celebrate, we sent some stupid questions their way just for the sake of it.
Weed will soon be legal in Canada. Will that change your life? // FHW: I think life will be about the same, it already kind of is.
The best song on this record and why? // In the Dip of the Night is the best song, it goes the deepest.
Fire the names of artists who had an influence on the process of creating this album? // Chrome, Bob Marley, Prince Jammy, Flying Lizards, Happy Mondays, 39 Clocks, The Fall, VU, Chrisma, The Doors, Psychic TV, Scientist, The Clash, David Axelrod, DJ Screw, The Delfonics.
Have you heard the French band The Villejuif Underground? // Nope, I'm listening now. Sounds rad!
What's your favorite seafood? // Fish - Salmon to be specific.
Last one, share a story with us which epitomizes Freak Heat Waves' music? // Two years ago we hauled up in a trailer in the middle of the California dessert for two weeks... We had a laptop containing a dozen movies, the demos, and two synths... it was in the depth of summer... it was literally impossible to go outside while the sun was out. our brains melted while we composed synth parts for the record, our brains melted while we watched Macgruber for the 10th time, our music melted in that tin can, it still sounds like that.
Beyond XXXL, the new album from Freak Heat Waves, is out April 6 on vinyl via Telephone Explosion and on cassette via Atelier Ciseaux.
Corentin Le Denmat