Nashville fuzz-pop tricksters Waterfall Wash are particularly adept at meshing together subtle southern pop rhythms with expansive, synth-filled melodies, which tend to balance precariously between a vivid euphoria and unexpected tension. There's also a lightness to their work which hides a deeper, more thoughtful look at their pop-centric influences and allows them the leeway to explore the varies angles of their collective inspirations. It's pop music wholly informed by its surroundings, and the band makes it look effortless.
The band recently shared the lead single, "Chris," from their upcoming record, "Mutable," and it's a thrashing, sugary explosion of catchy melodies and churning pop-rock exuberance. It was tracked and mixed at various studios across Nashville and was mastered by Alan Douches (Japandroids, Saves the Day, Beach Slang) at West West Side Music in New York City. The song tells the story of friendship and music-making and the intricate links that hold these two activities together.
Recently the band paired up with Solar Cabin Studios to create a video for the single. Filmed in one long take, it features the band performing at a house party which isn't all what it appears to be. As the camera follows people through the house, we get brief glimpses of people taking shots of something green and subsequently spitting up blood and collapsing. The fact that no one else at the party seems to mind that fellow party-goers are randomly dying makes the clip all the more surreal.
And in the midst of all this subdued carnage, the band is roaring through the pop hooks and rock raucousness of the song, bystanders of the culty goings-on before succumbing themselves -- all except for Chris of course. They've created a video of both intense and casual tension, made all the more affecting by the upbeat rhythms of the track. It's a fascinating glimpse into the visual representation of the pop-rock mania for which the band has long been known.