WARES – ” Survival “

Posted: April 27, 2020 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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For all of their fire, fury, and revolutionary antagonism, the Edmonton-based experimental rock band have never quite seemed of this world. The band’s founder and leader Cassia Hardy has an ear for the unnatural and a habit of slipping into alluring pop melodies without warning, often moments before tumbling down into chaos. And coupled with a desire to play a lot of things really fucking loud, Hardy often makes Wares‘ songs feel transcendent. Hardy’s lyrics deal with trauma and disaster, but Wares‘ music either confronts them with wrecking ball of guitar noise, or offsets them with a piercing fragility. “It’s places like this that take me away from the mess that I’m in,” she sang on “Dirt” from the band’s self-titled 2017 debut, articulating something that Wares usually leave unsaid.

Edmonton outfit Wares is the project of singer/songwriter and guitarist Cassia Hardy, and today, the band has shared their first release for Mint Records, Survival. It’s an emotionally uplifting record characterized by inner turmoil and guitars that range from furiously sweltering to pleasantly warm. “This record is dedicated to decolonial activists, anti-fascist agitators, prairie queers fighting for community and a better life,” Hardy writes in the liner notes. Their latest album Survival released earlier this year. It’s a deeply personal album with fervent, textured guitars and dynamic song arcs. Survival is anything but stereotypical: “Living Proof” channels melodramatic electro-goth, “Hands, Skin” takes cues from emo-punk and “Surrender into Waiting Arms” boils to a metal guitar finale.

Wares is a musical project engineered by Edmonton. From teeth rattling electric convulsions to barely-there, reverb drenched refrains, the musical inflections explored by Wares are as varied as they are enthralling.
Band Members
Cassia Hardy: Guitar, trumpet, bass, drums, harmonica, keyboard, yelling, pedal stomping.
Zach Pyshniak: Bass
Joel Dinicola: Drums

Wares – Surrender into Waiting Arms From the album ‘Survival’ available on LP / CD / CASS / Digital now from Mint Records.

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