Great album, love both parts. Very doomy. The harmony between the vocalists is very interesting. Coma wall is awesome. Undersmile is great and heavy. Nothing else to say. Side note, when I was trying to find info on the band I got a urban dictionary definition of Undersmile....very interesting. Good stuff from the UK!
Favorite track: Soil.
Impossible to pick a favourite here. These girls and chaps are amazing at what they do. Both the acoustic and abrasive sides of this split are creatures of their own. And what magnificent creatures they are ! If I could, I'd sign up for every piece of music they ever release. Don't miss out on this.
Favorite track: Soil.
The first half (Coma Wall) is deliciously dark and absorbing, like a mildly psychogenic moss, while the Undersmile section trades the lilt of wood and wire for the slow familiar buzz of doomdrones, but retains the subtle and inspired dynamics.
Favorite track: You Are My Death.
‘Wood & Wire’ brings together Oxford’s monolithic Undersmile and their acoustic alter-ego Coma Wall on one release.
Although this is Coma Wall’s debut release, they’ve already gained fans after playing sets at Desertfest 2012 and supporting Dylan Carlson (of Earth) on his first ever solo show. This recording sees the band laid bare – no amps, no fuzz boxes, just acoustic guitars, percussion and a banjo that showcases their own brand of Dark Americana and Doom-Folk in the spirit of the MTV Unplugged sessions.
On the other hand Undersmile, having been endorsed by the likes of Earth’s Dylan Carlson and Henry Rollins of Black Flag, are both engaging and crushing, blending numerous influences from Swans to Babes in Toyland to arrive at a genuinely fresh, cohesive, and brutal sound. Their debut album ‘Narwhal’, released last year by Future Noise Recordings, was met with huge praise from both fans and press alike. For these tracks, the band enlisted the help of Justin Greaves (Iron Monkey, Electric Wizard, Crippled Black Phoenix) to oversee the engineering and his contribution to the recording process helped to further display Undersmile’s diversity and musical growth, as well as their desire to capture a warmer, more ‘live’ sound.