It's "a literal interpretation of the Bodhisattva..."

Queens, New York outfit WIVES have shared powerful new single 'Waving Past Nirvana'.

The band's debased, electronic-leanings recall post-punk and cold wave, while emphatically occupying a space of their own.

With perhaps more in common with The Residents than, say, Joy Division, their bold sound is pinned down by lyrics that veer from absurdist humour to dense philosophical wisdom.

Snapped up by City Slang, WIVES will release a new two-part seven inch single on May 24th, and the first track is online now.

'Waving Past Nirvana' is all slo-mo synths, a chugging rhythm, and a leering vocal that actually references Buddhist philosophy.

Frontman Jay Beach offers: "'Waving Past Nirvana' is a literal interpretation of the bodhisattva—one who has achieved the release, the awakened eye, and yet wants to trade it back for the painful life of desire because she/he/they predominantly feels compassion. This 'entering back into the world' to fight a fool's battle is the essence of 'Waving Past Nirvana', and the video depicts one young woman's journey along these lines."

The video was directed by Milah Libin (Beach Fossils, Princess Nokia), who adds: "When I listened to 'Waving Past Nirvana' it evoked the beauty and the mundane in a never-ending routine. The closeness to finding some sort of fulfilment, or 'nirvana', that keeps bringing one back. It happens to all types of people, but particularly in New York where the beat is so fast and so many come here searching. It's not quite sad; there's something admirable in that search – a sort of dedication.”

Tune in now.

Catch WIVES at the following shows:

6 Nottingham Chameleon
7 London Shacklewell Arms
8 Bristol Rough Trade

Photo Credit: Milah Libin

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