Reviewer: Elvis Thirlwell
Released: 13th August 2021
Hot on the heels of 2020 lo-fi debut, ‘I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone’, North Carolina-based outfit Wednesday deliver a primped-up package of vitreous guitar-pop for their second release. Fronted by the heart-on-sleeve tenacity of Karly Hartzman, Wednesday navigate punchy grunge pop a la Beabadoobee - ‘Handsome Man’ is sharp enough to cut diamonds - right through to downbeat introspections (‘Gary’s’, ‘The Burned Down Dairy Queen’) that channel the raw emotional intimacy of Mitski and Snail Mail. A coming-of-age record of sorts, loose clippings of memory bob in and out of squalls of feedback – there are recollections of car crashes to complement the scrapheap cover art; there’s the chronicling of arguments between friends, of Karly herself as a “neighbourhood kid with a fucked-up buzzcut” and, most memorably of a chaotic high-school acid trip replete with broken bones detailed in the gorgeously hazy ‘Birthday Song’.
As featured in the August 2021 issue of DIY, out now. Scroll down to get your copy.