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HOT WAX

HOT WAX LIVE IN MANCHESTER – WHAT HAPPENED?

The first support was a band called Duvet, headed by a confident lead singer who’s shouted vocals demanded the crowds attention- a perfect warm up for the main support, Aziya. 

The duo of drums and Aziya’s vocals, mixed with a drum synth pad, added an interesting texture to her otherwise simple tunes. Her song “chain” is a perfect example of this, consisting of a steady drum backing, soft electric guitar support, and full focus on her super catchy vocals. I’ll give it to Aziya, her charisma and warmth in performance won over the unsure audience, as well as 100k monthly Spotify listeners… 

She openly discussed the pressures of being a solo musician, as well as producing her own music, in a song cleverly named “Wundagirl”. The song was an interesting mix of spoken and sung vocals in a techno-dance style, and a beat drop bridge of more pronounced vocals.  

For a performer to be so open with the difficulty to succeed as a creative is rare in the current music scene, and this openness is prevalent throughout her songs and persona. She maintained diversity in her performance by playing an unreleased new tune “Girl meets world”, an audience serenade and ode to existentialism, then her first release “Slip”, with a much heavier overall sound. 

After a brief interlude, the main attraction Hot Wax took to the stage, looking fucking visually incredible in a mix of sequins, fishnets and neon- any punk rockers essentials. They commanded the audience with a stage persona of dominance and confidence- and outrageously good guitar riffs!  

Chatting with the band before the show revealed the A-List support slots that have inspired their music, such as Royal Blood, their heavy slap bass inserts and rock vocals confirming this. A variety of guitar techniques littered their music, creating a distinctive punk-grunge sound that was nothing but immaculate.  

Not only as a band were their songs deep and technical, with bass lines so good it felt illegal, they were performers- who’s mix of high kicks and back-to-back guitar duets were hypnotic. Songs such as “Phone Machine” and “Treasure” had an initial soft-punk sound, before descending into utter chaos of guitar technicality and vocal slides screamed down the microphone.  

Despite being only a trio, each are so refined and skilled that any additions would be a waste. They ended their legendary performance with “Rip It Out”, a sensual punk lullaby that transforms into a violent fusion of aggressive vocals and a funk drum backing, surprising yet addicting as a listener. 

Despite punk rock being a saturated genre, these Brighton based rockers hold a firm place in its future, and are destined for stardom. Is a debut album on the cards? Let’s wait and see… 

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAMES KEITH

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