Chicago-based outfit Meat Wave are no strangers to their thriving local underground scene, splitting their time between other bands such as Elephant Gun, Truman & His Trophy, and Pink Torpedo, to name but a few. Formed by Chris Sutter (guitar, vocals), Joe Gac (bass), and Ryan Wizniak (drums) in the summer of 2011 after the demise of Truman & His Trophy, the trio opted for a more aggressive, powerful sound than that of their previous bands. In spring 2012 the group entered the studio to record their self-titled debut album; while originally released via Bandcamp, a cassette version also appeared via Let's Pretend Records later that year. In 2013 the trio played a huge number of local and national shows while working on their second album; this continued into 2014 when their debut album was reissued on vinyl by Hawthorne Street Records. For the rest of that year, the band carried on with nonstop touring commitments, with shows across the U.S. before heading to the U.K. at the beginning of 2015. Their Brother EP was released in January 2015, once again via Bandcamp, and on vinyl through Brace Yourself Records. Later that year Meat Wave signed to Side One Dummy, which released the group's second full-length album, Delusion Moon, in September. Teaming up with Chicago production legend Steve Albini, Meat Wave recorded their follow-up LP, The Incessant, which arrived in February 2017. ~ Rich Wilson
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