“Relocated Australians regulate crushing pop sounds.”
Creative Loafing Charlotte
“The music is pop and dance oriented but also hard-edged and nasty.”
Philadelphia Daily Local News
DEBUT FULL LENGTH ALBUM OUT CO-PRODUCED BY
WAZU, KEVIN MCMAHON (TITUS ANDRONICUS, REAL ESTATE, SWANS, THE WALKMEN) AND RICK PARKER (BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB, THE HANGMEN)
One for fans of Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Eurythmics, NIN, Bauhaus, The XX.
Never has heartbreak sounded so enticing and danceable.
Modern electro-pop duo WAZU will release their debut, album, Robobo this Halloween. These New York City-based Australian transplants appear to have swallowed some of the same sexy electronic pills as The xx, but have regurgitated them in a much more elaborate and foreboding fashion, earning them heaps of buzz from outlets such as KEXP, BBC, AOL, CONTACT MUSIC, THE DELI MAGAZINE, and FLAVORPILL. Their dark and danceable self-titled debut EP is a glorious, vicious little tease of what’s to come from this male-female duo on Robobo.
“MURDER 1” – PREMIERED ON CONTACT MUSIC
“WALK ALL NIGHT” – LIVE FROM TAMMANY HALL NYC
AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD: “MURDER 1” – DEBUT ON SOME KIND OF AWESOME
“HAPPY ENDINGS” – RECENT SONG OF THE DAY ON KEXP
WAZU have also had success at College Radio, receiving heavy rotation at stations such as WRSU Rutgers University NJ and KXSC University of Southern California Los Angeles, and even Song of the Day at KEXP University of Washington Seattle.
PRAISE FOR WAZU: “Listening to WAZU’s “Murder 1” provokes the urge to paint an Aladdin Sane lightning bolt across your face and visit a seedy, underground hot spot full of androgynous artists and wandering neon lights. The track sparkles with all the glitter and glitz of 70s glam rock and pops in your head like candy.”
– THE DELI MAGAZINE
“Fans of Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Talking Heads, and David Bowie will want to have a listen and grab “Murder 1” from Australian-born, now NYC-based duo Wazu. The track combines elements of glam, grunge, electronic, pop and goth to create a dark, danceable atmosphere.”
– SOME KIND OF AWESOME
“What we hear from them is edgy and mysterious, and because we only have three songs right now, it definitely leaves you wanting more.”
– ROUND LETTERS “What’s come out since is their eponymous EP, fusing the metal of Open the Gates with heedy, gothic synth. Think Trent Reznor having to DJ a late night, full moon birthday party for Dave Gahan. Wazu’s got a rather solid debut that make them worth following as they move forward. – MEZZIC
“Kevin McMahon produced this delightful stab of violent electro-pop from an exciting new male/female duo—and for good reason. There’s a sort of dark visceral energy that pulsates through these three tracks, all of which energetic exercises in both dark, near goth, pop, and electro. While what they’re doing is anything particularly new, they’re doing it better than just about anyone out there, which is enough to make it noteworthy. Wazu is shrouded in cloudy atmosphere, but there’s enough light for you to see the party they’re throwing: It’s definitely worth joining.”
– POP MATTERS
“Finding middle ground between the boogie of Duran Duran and the deep, eerie sound of Nine Inch Nails. Truly set apart as one of the hottest new groups around, Wazu drops an EP certain to make fans demand a full-length album. Nothing but excitement can follow after listening to a strong EP like Wazu has concocted. The sky is the limit for this group, and they prove it with every track. Grab a copy of this EP and be ready to drop that jaw. – ULTRA VULGAR SUPER FIEND
“Wazu’s EP has a sleek and sexy industrious rock sound will make your toes tap and remind you of Depeche Mode. Wazu has a great potential to be a powerhouse of sexy, sullen, and danceable rock music. It is a precarious mix, but Wazu pulls it off with ease.” – SHAKEFIRE “The thematic blanket under which these three songs were written – even if that was, simply, new attitude, new band, clean slate – proved itself a workable formula for Wazu. If you’re looking for a Soho Dolls and early 90s ‘happy’ new wave sandwich, press set and sealed with a two-ton master limiter that distorts to mod, experimental electro proportions, then Wazu is for you.” -THE SILVER TONGUE “Based in New York, WAZU’s music takes me back to a time when creepy, pale folk and their kooky electro-pop was the epitome of cool. And ‘Murder 1’ with it’s programmed beats, warped synth and haunting vocals is a great track. There are shades of post-punk and industrial in its laid-back delivery and gritty textures. The contrast in vocal tones is a nice touch too; Matt’s deep, church-like chant sits on top of Rizz’s more Blondie-inspired hum.” -ALTSOUNDS
“You love electro, synthpop right? Well as it happens so do we and we happen to have it up the Wazu. Seriously and it’s right here. Wazu are an Australian via Brooklyn electronic group that together create dark almost gothy synthpop. Their self-titled EP is a super short but none-the-less cool record that’s thrashy, trashy, and incredibly catchy. Teetering on the line between industrial, synthpop, and electro Wazu pull enough of all three influences into the same Dancetron 3000 and come up with post apocalyptic pop that’s surprisingly fun. -THE POP! STEREO
“This is a sick dance album reminiscent of 1980s club music but more! Stuttering beat and crushing synths, tons of uptempo and energy.” -WRUV