"MEMORY BLEACH" LP (Yippee Ki Yay Records, 2019)
Memory Bleach is the debut album from the four-piece band WURVE of Austin, Texas consisting of Alex (Guitar/Vox), Nick (Guitar), Dalt (Bass), Will (Drums). Dwelling somewhere between bright and dark, features a colorful spectrum of hard hitting feel-good rhythms punctuated by spiraling melodies, heady vocals, heavy guitar tonalities, and swells of reverb channeling Jesus and Mary Chain noise-pop sensibilities with experimental elements gleaned from Austin’s rich homegrown history of psychedelia.
The group took shape in Alex Capistran’s home—actually an Austin garage where he was crashing at the time while continuing to work on his own material. He reached out to drummer Will Rock whom he had played with in a group a few years prior, the two began jamming to some of the songs, and additional members were brought in culminating forming the basis for what they then called “Teevee”.
Under this moniker, they played their first show at Hotel Vegas and soon thereafter released their first self-titled EP effort in 2017 which received immediately positive response in the Texas psych community. It was quickly followed up with another 4-track EP entitled “Bask” featuring the track “Junk Driver”.
In 2018, the band renamed themselves WURVE, and hit the studio to knock out the tracks for their first full-length album coming out December 2018 via Yippee Ki Yay Records and Burger Records.
To hear the studio version of any WURVE song is to lose yourself in the deluge of psych rock dipped in shoegaze, but when you experience them live, their garage rock soul shines through...
Reverb-laced, garage-based – WURVE's Bask checks all the boxes for big fuzz. Through heavy guitar divulging and outro oscillations, the locals' second EP maintains a sonically propelled lightness, best played out in first of four "Loretta." Alex Capistran's soft, slithery croon phases through early Oh Sees and a shoegaze-infused sprawl, topping off the buoyant capture of thick, bubbling psychedelia.