Wax On Water
Wax On Water backstory
Alternative rock, grunge, electronica and industrial music jostle for position as Camden’s Wax On Water continue to blaze a trail and buck the trend.
Helmed by founder Maya Damaris and guitarist Steven Blessing, the lively Londoners look and sound every bit like the next big thing.
But fans will have to wait until next summer before new album The Drip makes its inevitable splash.
Damaris is a songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist who knows no bounds in her relentless bid to rewrite the rock and roll rule book.
And the classically trained pianist found her true calling when she formed Wax On Water in 2012.
Blessing became a professional guitarist at the age of 15 and has never looked back.
Classic rock heroes Jimi Hendrix, Dimebag Darrell, Randy Rhoads and Jimmy Page underpin a unique style.
And those hybrid influences have added an extra layer to Wax On Water since Blessing came on board in 2019.
Prior to that Damaris released the band’s debut album Procession — an album that underlined Wax On Water’s status as ones to watch.
In Maya Damaris’ own words:
“Seventh Son is about how a relationship can turn from being something that makes you feel alive to making you feel less than…
“It’s about reclaiming yourself when you’re standing on the shadow side of love.
“We wanted to create music that causes a reaction in people, in the same way that the grunge, rock and industrial bands that I grew up loving did to me.”
The verdict on Seventh Son
If grunge-fuelled garage rock is your thing then Seventh Son is a Cobain-fuelled shot in the arm.
Damaris sneers and snarls her way through an angsty anthem bristling with rage and ripe for revolution.
And the eery video — featuring dripping blood, psychedelic twists and stuffed animals — perfectly complements a truly mind-bending track.
Blessing’s edgy solo adds a proggy twist to this constantly surprising bolt from the blue.
And it’s easy to see why Damaris was quick to identify the trailblazing six-stringer as the perfect creative foil.
For rock fans schooled in the sounds of early 90s Seattle, Seventh Son is like seventh heaven.
But Wax On Water will appeal to a far wider audience thanks to the brilliant Damaris-Blessing axis driving a band surely destined for greatness.
What’s next for Wax On Water
New album The Drip drops next summer and is touted as a collection of 16 songs that ‘takes the band’s previous success and adds an extra layer of guitar energy’.
Drums for the album were played by LA sessionist Garren Orr (YolkLore, Tennis System).
The record was mixed at MooseCat Studios, LA and mastered by Will Borza at the Grammy Award Winning Howie Weinberg Mastering Studios, LA.