Summer 2016 is a pretty fantastic time to be a music fan in Seattle. So many creative and well-respected local acts are dropping new singles, announcing new tours, prepping for new album releases; it seems that every day you wake up to a new great announcement or release. Recently, Seattle’s premier glam-punk band, Wiscon, dropped a brand new single, with an accompanying music video. Titled “Wake Up,” the song is the first in a series of six individual tracks the band recorded with prolific Portland sound engineer Brandon Eggleston (who’s previously worked with the likes of Swans, The Mountain Goats, and Modest Mouse, just to name a few). The rest of these six tracks will be released throughout the remainder of the year.
“Wake Up” effectively builds upon the lo-fi, unapologetically scuzzy sound Wiscon established on their debut record, 2015’s Disc. Where Disc had a charming and unique sonic vibe not dissimilar to drinking way too much at a grungy Seattle bar while a garage rock band covers a bunch of new wave songs using the oldest, dustiest instruments they could get their hands on, “Wake Up” shows the band expanding their sound with more textures in the form of distorted, buzzing synthesizers and infectiously bouncy melodies dancing all around the track’s short, but satisfying runtime.
You can stream “Wake Up” below, or pick it up digitally at wiscon.bandcamp.com, along with its B-side, “Any Van Can Be a Murder Van.” Be on the lookout for the rest of Wiscon’s singles; here’s to hoping they’re all as solid as the first.