It was damn near 2am and the Great Scott stage was coated in darkness, but ENDLESS WAVE put on one hell of a show Saturday night at their album release party for Notes From The Compound. Earlier sets by the December Sound and Eksi Ekso pushed the night back to the brink of curfew, but Boston's skygazing trio rewarded those who stuck around with a post-gaze wall of noise and fury.
We first told you about ENDLESS WAVE earlier this year in our “5 for ’10” round-up, back when the songs that make up their new City Walls EP (Fort Point Records) were just demos with a dream. A few months in front of the knobs and a bit more sonic breathing room have done wonders for the trio’s potent shoeblazing style, and “Ocean Drive” — with its crashing crests of vocal delay, streaky cirrus-cloud solos, and freaky hybridization of Pale Saints and Pavement — makes one spiffy ambassador for their promising debut.
This week in the fishwrap, you can read Brodeur's take on five local new-ish bands to keep an eye on. And that's all well and good, but maybe some of you are reluctant to trek all the way to a show without knowing a little more about what you're going to hear when you're there. So, for you auditory learners out there, here are all five bands captured in digital form: