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So, we all trust Heavenly Recordings right ?  They were quick to recognise  Swedish singer-songwriter Lea Emmery’s innate ability to pen soaring evocative guitar driven pop as she produced demos under the name ‘Kid Wave.‘  The result was a deal with Heavenly, Kid Wave became a band and they released their debut album ‘Wonderlust’ a fabulous collection of songs and our album of the year in 2015.  So it’s safe to say that we f**king love Kid Wave and will yield to no none in our deeply held view that Lea is among one of the finest songwriters to emerge in recent years .  

The good news is Kid Wave are back, and their latest tune ‘Everything Changes’ is a spectacular return. It’s the sound of a band stepping up to the next level  It also sounds like an artist brimming with confidence and ideas,  it’s shimmering, wistful, evocative life-affirming and moving.  The mark of a great songwriter is their ability to communicate feelings and atmosphere to display real emotional intelligence and also produce tunes that aren’t genre specific.  Seriously ‘Everything Changes’ could work just as well if it was performed acoustically, electronically, sung in a tin bath or covered by Springsteen in a huge arena show, to rows of swaying iPhones. It’s that good. Kid Wave are that good, and that’s one thing that won’t change, certainly not if Lea continues to write songs of such quality.


New Band Of The Week - Kid Wave Sound Like Lush On Diazepam

“There’s a track I wrote called ‘Baby Tiger’, which is about a dream I had last year,” explains Kid Wave’s frontwoman Lea Emmery, speaking from a park in Yorkshire during a break on the band’s tour with Palma Violets. “I had been feeling really down at the time, but then I had this dream where I was carrying a baby tiger around – just carrying it. And then I woke up… and I just felt amazing. Maybe it was a symbol that things were going to get better.”

New beginnings are a recurring theme with Kid Wave. Lea uprooted from her native Sweden to move to London in 2011 after becoming disillusioned with the indie scene on the country’s east coast; it was here in the UK that her dream-weaving grunge (think Lush on diazepam) found its feet. “I was playing in an all-girl punk band”, she explains, “but it all just felt a bit dead. There was no market for new rock music, the music they played on the radio was uninspiring, there were no gigs and there were no festivals. I just wanted to get out of there.”

It proved to be a fortuitous move for the 22-year-old. Taking up a course in sound engineering and spending the rest of her time recording demos on “GarageBand”, Lea was quickly snapped up by Heavenly Recordings just as the rest of the industry started knocking. “I started to get emails from people asking when we were going to plays gigs and I just said, ‘I dunno’, because I hadn’t even got a band together at that point. I had just moved over from a different country – I didn’t know anyone.”


Bringing new friends Serra Petale (drums), Mattias Bhatt (guitar) and Harry Deacon (bass) on board to complete the line-up, and with a stream of loud gigs behind them (“It’s a lot more rock’n’roll live,” she says), Kid Wave released their debut LP ‘Wanderlust’ this year. And as the sun-drenched fuzz of ‘Gloom’ and the blissed-out ‘All I Want’ make clear, it’ll be a sound that’s perfectly suited for a hazy summer.

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London based four piece Kid Wave’s debut album ‘Wonderlust’ is without doubt one of our favourite albums of 2015 so far.  It’s a stunning collection of songs and reaffirms our view that singer, songwriter, guitarist, and Kid Wave lynchpin Lea Emmery is one of the brightest new talents to emerge in recent years.  There’s a beautifully uncontrived openness and straightforwardness to Emmery’s literate dreamy compositions, combining melodic buoyancy with an overarching sense of wistful longing.  But rest assured this is not the place for agonised navel gazing and self-flagellation, there is no doom-laden introspection, rather a sense that here is somebody trying to assimilate their own experiences and make sense of their place in the world.

‘Wonderlust’ is perhaps an album that could only have been written at a certain time in your life, and although it’s refreshingly free of cynicism it is in no way naïvely optimistic.  However the underlying mood isone of celebration, conjuring up a sense that Emmery and her band cohorts reside in a world in which hope will always win out over gloom.  Musically Kid Wave combine classic guitar riffs with soaring blissed out pop hooks, evoking a youthful unconstrained ache for adventure, and discovery, whilst at the same time eliciting a sense of wistful nostalgia for those endless summers and limitless horizons when the possibilities seem infinite.


There’s nothing that remotely resembles a filler on the album –  Gloom despite the title is anything but, and is, in fact, one of the finest examples of life-affirming guitar pop and rock you’re likely to hear in this life or the next!  Honey is all driving propulsive splendour, I’m Trying To Break Your Heart is simply stunning, Sway is as hypnotic as it is majestic whilst Best Friend aches and shimmers with a yearning beauty that few songwriters can muster.

There’s no pretension, no arch agenda, Kid Wave aren’t here to push boundaries, break taboos, or f**k, with your head man, but they may well capture your heart.  They are content to write elegant beautifully crafted escapist music,  and what they have achieved with ‘Wonderlust’  is to produce an album that will surely resonate with anybody who has been young and dared to dream.They’ve also contrived to make this writer’s world an infinitely better place for the near forty-minute span of the album.  And sometimes y’know, that’s all you need.



Kid Wave are an indie rock quartet based in London. They have a pretty heavy mid-1990s college radio sound. You might say that they sound like Teenage Fanclub or The Breeders. You might also say that they sound like something more contemporary like Best Coast.

Though based in London, the band is half Swedish, a quarter English, and a quarter Australian. As a teenager, Lea Emmery (vocals/guitars) came to England from her family’s home in Norrköping, Sweden in order to “learn something about music”. Norrköping is a small city on the Baltic coast. sometimes referred to as “the Swedish Manchester”. Matthias Bhatt (guitar) is also from the same city. Emmery was studying sound engineering at college, where she met Perth native Serra Petale (drums). Harry Deacon (bass) who was a friend of a friend, and who is a Londoner, joined their lot to fully form Kid Wave.

Last autumn, the band released their debut EP Gloom via Heavenly Recordings, and they followed that this June 1 with their debut album “Wonderlust”.

Although this is my kind of thing,. With its fuzz, its throwback sound, and the tiny bit of dirt amid the meticulously crafted shimmering pop,


Kid Wave from London, Wonderlust. It’s an aptly-titled for an international band whose founding members’ wanderings lead them to congregate in the capital. Kid Wave began life as a solo when Lea Emmery relocated from Norrköping (a city sometimes referred to as “Sweden’s Manchester”) to London in 2011 at the age of 18. She knew no-one, had no band, no contacts. But she did have drive, vision and ambition – insane levels of it, in fact. Several years playing classical piano at a local college in Sweden had lead to a stint in an all-girl punk band and though that tenure was short-lived, there was simply no turning back. Noise beckoned.

What began life as solo demos soon morphed into Kid Wave when Mattias Bhatt, part of the same clique of indie kids back in Norrköping an now in London, signed up. From Perth, Australia, Serra Petale was teaching drums at a college where Lea was studying sound engineering and seemed “impossibly cool”. She was in. Bassist Harry Deacon was a friend-of-friends.

A clutch of early songs were recorded with Rory Atwell (Palma Violets, The Vaccines, Male Bonding) production, before Lea sent some music to Heavenly Recordings – “and no-one else”. Kid Wave had no management, no team of people fighting their corner. Just songs. Heavenly liked what they heard and signed the band in early 2014. It was, Lea laughs, that simple. The plan that she had when she moved to London with some clothes and a guitar was working remarkably well.

2014 saw Kid Wave playing shows with The Wytches, TOY, The Orwells, Childhood and more recently with Jimi Goodwin at the Heavenly 25 weekend in Hebden Bridge. In autumn 2014 they recorded Wonderlust at the magical analogue wonderland that is Eve Studio in Stockport with producer Dan Austin (Doves, Cherry Ghost). Beyond the studio the lashing rain and dark north-west nights were banished by the youthful exuberance and sugared sounds being created within.

Because Kid Wave sing escapist song of struggle, desire and yearning: songs born out of Lea’s lonely years as a teenager adrift in a foreign country, where the hope of musical success and a superhuman level of stubbornness were the only things stopping her from returning to the safety of the family home. There were, she says, anxieties. Plenty of those. Teenage dreams so hard to beat? Well – yes, actually. It’s a philosophy that still stands – that idea of music as a mood-altering, soul-saving outlet for bands and fans alike is alive and singing in the joyous rush of Kid Wave songs such as the breaking waves of sound on the jangling ‘All I Want’, the yearning ethereal pop of ‘Gloom’ or the chiming fuzzed-up pop riffs of ‘Wonderlust’.



Kid Wave are fast becoming my new favourite band, the “London-based quartet Kid Wave make an appealing style of guitar pop, fuzzy and warm, not really adhering to any particular trend.”
The international two girl/two boy quartet’s debut album Wonderlust is a crafted set of pop songs that bathe in the golden, restorative rays more commonly associated with life on the Californian coast rather than London, where Kid Wave reside. This is music that’s delivered with an uplifting sense of youthful wild abandon and imbued throughout with blissful surges of musical serotonin but with clear undercurrents of a wistful sense of melancholy too. Occasionally dark clouds obscure their sonic sunshine and there’s a nagging sense that no summer lasts forever.

Nevertheless it’s an achievement made all the more remarkable by the fact that 22 year old singer/songwriter Lea Emmery and guitarist Mattias Bhatt hail from the south-east coast of Sweden where sub-zero Baltic winds blow in to freeze the land for several months of the year, and that this debut was recorded in Stockport during the darker days and crepuscular nights of a dank English winter.

Kid Wave craft slacker indie rock and transcendental dream-laden pop of a distinctly early 90s bent – music to lose yourself in and give your life to. We hear shades of Lush and Dinosaur Jr. in their sonic sunshine, though other ears might recall PJ Harvey, The Lemonheads, The Breeders, Pavement, Teenage Fanclub. But these are all bands largely operational before the members of Kid Wave were even born – artists who singer Lea readily admits she doesn’t always necessarily know much about – so let’s not get too entrenched in nostalgia for days gone by. The one thing that perhaps unites this music of the past with the Kid Wave’s effervescent present is an infatuation with melody; this quartet never sacrifice the song for volume or let the feedback do the work. Because at the centre, beneath the shoe-gazing dynamics and the dark lyrical undercurrents that speak of existential quandaries and the confusions of young life in the 21st century, is a big beating gorgeous pop heart.





Kid Wave’s swooning big rock single “Honey” reminds me of Swedish indie-pop vets Shout Out Louds—which makes a metric ton of sense, because surprise surprise, these dudes are from Sweden too. This anthemic song, which sounds like a gentler Oasis at times, is from the band’s forthcoming LP Wanderlust, which drops June 2nd via Heavenly Recordings.

“I remember wanting to write something with drive, something that would just keep moving forward, on and on like a train,” commented the band’s singer/songwriter Lea Emmery  “I’m a sucker for that sound and guitars chewing on the same chords. I find a sound or chord I like (often a lot of open strings) and like to keep it simple. As a person I tend to write and talk in really long sentences, like I think. But with music, its almost the opposite. I think we all need to float away from reality sometimes, some people more than others. Some do drugs, some dream, some overload themselves with work, some people do all of these and some don’t do anything. This song was written after some lonely years when every day felt the same and my own thoughts like my only companion. I’ve always been a bit of a dreamer and during this time I was probably living more of a fictional life in my head than in reality. But I think it kept me going.”





Caitlin Rose / Kid Wave featuring Ben Romans Hopcraft - Been Thinking About You All The Time / Listen To Her Heart


British-based quartet Kid Wave feel their way through varying strains of garage rock on their upcoming EP. The title, Gloom, doesn’t exactly imply the overall mood of the record, which lands in a beach-y dreamworld at times and a reverberating, psychedelic realm at others. Twisted, driving guitars on “All I Want” are evened out by its sunny, hook-laden chorus. “Young Blood” is where the consistently disaffected vocals are at their best, riding alongside convulsing, surf-inspired riffs. Kid Wave’s serrated edges, wistful lyrics and mid-tempo melodies intertwine on Gloom for four breezy rock ‘n’ roll tracks.

Kid Wave has signed with Heavenly Recordings in the UK, (Temples, the Wytches and TOY). Gloom was released on November 24th 2014.

Put on your favorite pair of ripped jeans, and prep for an epic solo dance party in your bedroom—it’s what London-based Kid Wave would want. Although there isn’t much to their latest video, “Wonderlust,” (the four-piece essentially just rock out), watching it will make you feel all warm and fuzzy. And you will start to uncontrollably sway your head from side to side. The song is emotionally gripping as Emmery’s low voice rises behind the wave of crashing guitar chords. Similar to the nostalgic nature of their glam gloom sound, the video has a dated quality to it as the camera spins around in a hazy, faded out state.

Consisting of Lea Emmery, Serra Petale, Harry Deacon and Mattias Bhatt, the band originally comes from the likes of Sweden, Australia and London. With a steady following on the Internet over the past two years, enough sold-out shows in the U.K., and a cool label behind them (Heavenly Recordings), it’s only a matter of time before all eyes are watching them.

Kid Wave’s debut album Wonderlust will be released June 2nd via Heavenly Recordings. Until then, we’ll be playing this video and bobbing our heads non-stop

Kid Wave’s new single “Wonderlust” is released on Monday 30th March.