WORDS : TOM COLES
From: Brighton, UK |FFO : Napalm Death, Full of Hell, The Body
Wallowing’s vibe is overwhelming; at the intersection between harsh grindcore and full-on noise, their approach is mortifying, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the more fruitful collaborations such as the Full of Hell/ Merzbow split. Elsewhere, they channel their creative energies into their wild expanded universe, creating stories that fuel their outlandish noise assault.
The project was always intended to be a free creative space for everyone involved, employing an ‘anything goes’ attitude order to push ourselves as a band and musicians
“The ‘Planet Loss’ Universe is a bleak and dark world that’s parallel to our own,” explains guitarist Tom Harrison. “Drawing influence for current world events and exploring the potential futures of our own planet through Sci-fi metaphor.”This goes some way to explaining the main bulk of the project. From here they’ve developed a network of co-conspirators, collaborators, friends and artists to work on some truly audacious pieces; gorgeous tie-in artworks, a sci-fi prop cassette case and their most outlandish outing yet, action figures based on their on-stage personas.
“The project was always intended to be a free creative space for everyone involved, employing an ‘anything goes’ attitude order to push ourselves as a band and musicians,” muses Tom Harrison, guitarist, on their attitude for their overall approach. It’s a testament to their vision how successful they’ve been in pushing their visuals, stage show and tie-ins. “I think once we started diving into the physical imagery of our live show, it clicked with us that we have way more to play with than we first thought.”
These relationships are kept healthy through frequent collaboration as their ideas get wilder. It comes as little surprise that a lot of these audacious ideas came as a result of wild chance, Tom noting the development of the figurines:
“In regards to Pete (Delicious Again Peter), this relationship came about by complete chance, having randomly stumbled upon his Instagram art page and being truly taken back by his bootleg toy art. We took a punt at messaging him (and didn’t expect a reply back) but he seemed majorly keen to jump in and work with us on a short run of DIY art-figures based on our live show.”
Wallowing are gaining a status as grindcore mavericks, and it’s refreshing to see they have a solid plan for coming out of lockdown
Wilder ideas aside, the band’s collaborations for more regular material, such as their artwork, extend not just to album covers, but explored in depth over postcards and shirts. Their sprawling, bleak worlds are a result of another fruitful collaboration, notes Tom: “Luke [Oram] has been a long time collaborator with the band (a relationship we thoroughly intend to keep up) and helped majorly in regards to visualising the world we have created. We knew him already through gigs and being fans of his music and art (having worked on album covers for bands and personal influences such as Monolithian & Haasts Eagled), so it was pretty natural for us to ask him to get involved as his style is incredible and pretty damn unique. He is a truly talented artist!”
Wallowing are gaining a status as grindcore mavericks, and it’s refreshing to see they have a solid plan for coming out of lockdown. “We have a good few more tricks up our sleeves for the rest of the year that we can’t reveal just yet,” Tom enthuses. “[we] have just finished writing the drafts for what we are hoping will turn into a split-record, of which we hope will see the light of day early next year. We will likely begin working on a follow up album to ‘Planet Loss’ throughout the rest of the year also.”
“We urge people to keep in touch via our socials and sign up to the rebellion via our website to keep an ear to the ground on what’s coming next for us – as you haven’t seen anything yet.”
Planet Loss is out now.
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