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Monday, 26 December 2016

WE WATCH CLOUDS

GenresPunk / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Emo / Emotive Hardcore / Screamo / Emo-violence / Skramz
Related artistsPotlatch, Don't Fuck With Columbus and SRVVL.
CountryWarsaw POLAND
Years Active2014-present
Song: "birds will shit over your bleeding gums"
Album: "Unclassified"
Year: 2015
For fans ofJune Paik, Neil Perry, Ravin, Storm The Bastille, Tristan Tzara, Loma Prieta, Colored Moth, Crowning, Capacities, Foxmoulder, Callow, Cassilis, The Apoplexy Twist Orchestra, Brume Retina, Potence, Orchid, Joshua Fit For Battle, Annakarina, Carrion Spring, Yotsuya Kaidan, Ruined Families, Cease Upon The Capitol, Republic Of Dreams, Thisismenotthinkingofyou, The Usual, Swan Of Tuonela, City Of Caterpillar and Eyelet aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released / Zegema Beach Records
This post's artist is from the December 2016 Mix. This is track #9.
You can download: the December 2016 Mix#12 right here or get the new January 2017 Mix#1 here.

I'm still not really sure how I found out about WE WATCH CLOUDS, but I'm damn sure I did. The Polish band plays dark screamo with sludgy, metallic and emo-violence influences noted throughout. After releasing a stellar digital debut EP 'Unclassified' in early 2015, they followed up with an excellent split with Escapism and have laid low in 2016, acquiring a new bassist and focusing on heavier, more chaotic compositions. In 2017 the band release a new EP with Zegema Beach Records that should be out late summer and may or may not be on a split. I have been told the newer material has a much more "Neil Perry and Joshua Fit For Battle" vibe so I'm basically losing my mind over here.

The 'Unclassified' EP is great, with opener and aptly titled "intro" building an excellent atmosphere in line with June Paik and Neil Perry with an explosive finish that begins about 50 seconds in and is over by 1:30. "birds will shit over your bleeding gums" was my choice for the blog mix and opens with fantastic drums and dual vocals that remind me most of Republic Of Dreams and a little Thisismenotthinkingofyou. The slowdown at one minute is beautifully timed and has strong Cease Upon The Capitol vibe to it. A final note on this is the inclusion of Steve Carrel's quotes from The Office which show up on here and on at least one other track. "olmo caraestaca" is next and is three minutes of a hazy nightmare in post-hardcore form, a cool tangent for a band that generally tears it up in terms of speed and aggression. "see you in antwerp" is pretty scathing in the vocal department and again reminds me of a slightly less intense Republic Of Dreams while "picking up girls at parties talking about real emo" begins slowly and seems like it will topple but never quite does and bears strong resemblances to Baltimore's The Usual aka pre-Eyelet. "milford cubicle" begins like an insanely sexy mixture of Swan Of TuonelaViva Belgrado mixed with City Of Caterpillar and it is truly wonderful. The swirling guitars weave a massive structure intertwined with multiple thorns of passionate screaming. Fucking hell this is amazing! Closer "wanna come over and listen to my drone vinyls?" is a tense and nervous romp through the noisier and more experimental side of the band.

In late 2015 WE WATCH CLOUDS dropped three songs on a split with Escapism, opening with "Tom Curse" which has a killer, cavernous breakdown that starts at 1:06 and carries the song through the remaining 56 seconds. Sophomore song "Michael Moore" is a slow builder, much like my personal favourite "milford cubicle", which rides slowly through an eerie, pounding and foggy stretch of post-hardcore and screamo. This lush intro provides an excellent transition at 2:02 as the song shifts into phase two and begins to accumulate and expand until the imminent explosion at 3:12. "Andy Wormhole" ends the split in a short and powerful whirlwind of awesomeness. This release is recorded a little more on the wall of sludge side and a little lo-fi but everything comes across nicely, with the band reaching for some more gutteral screaming than on the preceding EP.

A song from WE WATCH CLOUDS will be included on the upcoming Zampler #8 compilation released January 1st, 2017. Check back in March and April on Zegema Beach Records and the band's Facebook page for more news!

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DISCOGRAPHY

2015 - Unclassified LP (stream/download here)
2015 - Escapism split EP (stream/download here)
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(2016) WE WATCH CLOUDS - live video of new song #1

(2016) WE WATCH CLOUDS - live video of new song #2

(2015) WE WATCH CLOUDS - "milford cubicle" (from 'Unclassified')

(2015) WE WATCH CLOUDS - "birds will shit over your bleeding gums" (from 'Unclassified')

(2015) WE WATCH CLOUDS - "intro" (from 'Unclassified')

(2015) WE WATCH CLOUDS - "Michael Moron" (from 'Escapism' split)

(2015) WE WATCH CLOUDS - "Tom Curse" (from 'Escapism' split)

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WE WATCH CLOUDS additional links

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