"Everybody has become so impatient..." - The Ninth Wave talk their two-part debut LP Infancy
Glaswegian duo The Ninth Wave are a force to be reckoned with.
Consisting of co-vocalists/guitarists Millie Kin and Haydn Park-Patterson, the band take their cues from the darker ends of indie pop. Think Interpol at their most bombastic or White Lies at their very, very best, mixed with the power of early Echo And The Bunnymen.
Now, for their debut LP, they are doing things a little differently. Infancy has been cut into two. The first part will be released on vinyl today (May 3rd), with the second half following in November.
Ahead of release, we spoke to Park-
You’re releasing your debut album in two parts, why did you decide to do that?
"Because of the immediacy of everything nowadays, everybody has become so impatient and moves on from things so quickly. By releasing the album in two halves it gives more time and space for the songs to be understood and hopefully appreciated for what they are, without being thrown away and forgotten about after a while."
Is there a clear sonic difference between the two records? Was it easy to decide which songs went on which record?
"It’s not a concept album, but it was clear to us which songs went with which - there are quite a few different styles that we explored throughout the album so each part has a nice balance of all of them."
How many songs did you have for the album? Were there many that didn’t make the cut?
"The album was originally meant to be 10 songs but we got a bit carried away when we were recording and decided to just keep recording some of the songs we had - and they turned out to be some of the best."
What kind of album is this lyrically? Is there a theme to it?
"It’s very dour."
Which song on the album took the longest to get right?
"Human Behaviour, which is on Pt. 2, changed completely from when we first went into pre-production. The song is very fragile and we wanted to make sure we got it sounding exactly right, so ended up booking multiple extra recording sessions after our time recording in Bath."
"The more we listened to the song, the more we wanted to adapt it and take it up a notch, which even led us to spending a day recording Millie’s little sister playing trumpet for the track."
And which came together most quickly?
"This Broken Design turned out almost exactly the same as the demo. There’s even synth parts from the demo included in the final track - when we’re in the studio we usually take a song and break it down to ensure every part is as good as it can be, but for This Broken Design everything felt right so we just decided to run with it."
When did you settle on Infancy for the title? Were any other titles in contention?
"We knew we wanted it to be called Infancy even before we recorded it. When we finished writing the demos it was clear that the collection of songs all had this connection of how we change and develop as people, and Infancy felt like the best way to describe this."
What are your plans to take the album out live?
"We’ve been doing a lot of the songs live already, which have given us a good feel for the album. But we have more planned..."
The Ninth Wave's debut album Infancy Pt. 1 is out now. Pt. 2 will be released in the autumn.