After 5 years, Biomechanimal start their 2020 release schedule working alongside fellow bass-head, co-producer and bandmate Mechanical Vein with a fierce collaboration track. Drawing on influences from modern EDM, London industrial, and seagulls, "Waves" sets the scene for both artists' return to the digital stage with a brutal crescendo. With lyrical themes exploring music as a self-destructive art form, Biomechanimal and Mechanical Vein bring their artistic A-game. With remixing credits from DNB monster Sinister Souls and industrial heavyweight Grendel, and mastered by Lukas Turza of Snap Mastering (Noisia, Bassnectar), this single is a well-engineered uppercut from the first release out of HYBRID BLAK.
Interview We Asked Matt of Biomechanimal and Keith of Mechanical Vein:
Q. What does waves mean to you in regards to the lyrics, the ideas behind it, and how it relates to the next album/s?
A. So for me, the first line of the chorus is taken from a Salvador Dali quotation, about how art is the source of our own destruction. The songs main theme is the constructive and destructive effects art has had and will have on our lives; The sacrifice, the breadth of experience, the way it has shaped us so the title, waves, is a summation of this. A journey across the sea, the epic highs and desperate lows of being an artist, a wave. As a song relating to future material, there’s a lot to take away. It’s almost an apology for this taking so long, as one of the lows of being an artist is trying to match your self expectations and destroying yourself in the process but now we’ve crested that wave. We’re surging forward and there’s more to come, to explore, to discover.
A. One of the sub-themes in this song is the idea of fighting off nihilism by fully throwing yourself into constructive and meaningful pursuits.
It's so easy for people to be overwhelmed by the state of world affairs and general darkness of the human condition, and we all respond to that in different ways. For me, I rely heavily on artistic outlets and constantly challenge myself to do things I wasn't previously capable of; Probably grinding on those pursuits more than one would consider to be healthy, and that's one way art can become self-destructive.
Also, in my day job I'm a film VFX artist specializing in destruction, working on projects such as Pacific Rim & Venom. I really like scattering references to my VFX work into my lyrics, and my verses on "Waves" contain a few of those.
Neither Matt nor myself are content to work within the formulaic confines of a given genre. For me that means I'm just as influenced by visceral hip-hop artists, like B Dolan & Sage Francis, as I am by electronic artists.
Biomechanimal & Mechanical Vein are both pushing a hybrid sound, which makes this release a perfect first for my new label/collective HYBRID BLAK.
Waves (original) As the name implies there is a steady ebb and flow to this track from the steady vocals beat sessions Keith puts down that rise the track up in energy steadily just like a ship pulling up on a steep wave, only for it to come crashing down again with the violent and ear destroying power that Matt's powerhouse lungs produce alongside that iconic Biomechanmial sound that has become their signature style we all love. There's a lot of explosive force contained in this track with Matt fingers on the trigger of the dance floor's blast cap.
Waves (Grendel Remix)
This is a truly interesting remix as it takes the song in multiple directions that make it almost a separate entity rather than a remix. Beginning with an almost 1980's Hip Hop vibe with the piano keys, to then be taken in to retro gaming territory, and to finish off with a 'Cradle of Filth