“Would anointing ‘Brother’ as one of the best introductions of 2015 be jumping the gun? Ride the wave now, and avoid getting left behind.” – DIY
“The Chicago band takes the fast and furious lo-fi sounds of bands like The Marked Men and High Tension Wires and turns up the intensity just enough to give the classic sound a whole new meaning. It’s the type of frenetic chemistry most bands can’t even manage to contain.” – Noisey
“An invigorating blast of sleazy, snarling noise punk” – The Guardian
Following on from their acclaimed new EP, Brother, seeing a January 19th release on Brace Yourself Records and coming off the back of a UK run that included packed-out London shows at the Shacklewell Arms and the Old Blue Last, Chicago's Meat Wave are set to return to the UK in May for their second run of dates on these shores of 2015. The shows - which include the band's first appearance at The Great Escape in Brighton - will also include the band's debut appearances on the continent, with shows taking place in Belgium and Germany.
Alongside this, the band are now debuting the video for Brother highlight, 'Sham King', which you can watch here. Directed by Andrew Robert Morrison, the clip follows the Chicagoan trio as they're stalked by a grim reaper copycat - or so one would assume given the track's title - attempting to lead the Meat Wave boys to a rather grisly fate. We won't spoil the ending for you, but what we will give away is the calibre of menacing punk rock that soundtracks the short; the type best appreciated from the midst of a sweaty pit.
Speaking of which, if you've yet to bear witness to the maelstrom of mania that is the band's live show, these shows come highly recommended - you just might get the opportunity to hear new music from the band's forthcoming second album, penciled in for a release later in 2015.
UK/EU Live Dates
May 11, 2015 - The Lexington, London TICKETS
May 12, 2015 - Castle Hotel, Manchester TICKETS
May 13, 2015 - Bar Bloc, Glasgow TICKETS
May 14, 2015 - The Chameleon, Nottingham TICKETS
May 15-16, 2015 - Great Escape Festival, Brighton TICKETS
May 18, 2015 - Dok Kantine, Ghent, Belgium TICKETS
May 19, 2015 - Effenaar, Eindhoven, Netherlands TICKETS
May 20, 2015 - Bei Ruth, Berlin, Germany TICKETS
May 21, 2015 - Vera, Groningen, Netherlands TICKETS
May 22, 2015 - L'espace B, Paris, France TICKETS