Based on the release of now three new singles, it is likely that Wax Chattels‘ upcoming sophomore record titled Clot (out September 25 via Captured Tracks & Flying Nun) will decimate listeners through their “guitarless guitar music.” Today the band has dropped its latest track titled “Cede”, and though it is just two-minutes in length, Amanda Cheng and company make each fear-splitting second count.
Between a sound that is noisy to even their standard and a chorus unleashed in Cheng’s native language—Taiwanese Hokkien—”Cede” is not content with serving its likely audience. This track is meant to disrupt on every level.
“Cede” sees the confrontational three-piece from New Zealand spin together a few, still, profound word about “the near-silent cultural genocide that’s taking place — the censorship, the militant threats — and the international community’s insistence on practicing diplomacy with economics at the front of mind…,” according to Cheng.
To fulfill this acerbic cut’s pissed-off energy, the noise-making Ben Greenberg (Uniform, Destruction Unit, The Men) was brought on board to mix the track, and naturally, “Cede” is as a brutally chaotic experience. Regarding this new single, Cheng further explains:
I am angry. Saying “you don’t know who I am” in Taiwanese Hokkien is to say “you don’t get to tell me who I am.” You don’t just scream like this to put on an album — you scream like this because it’s the only thing you can do.