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  • Writer's pictureEmily Marshman

FFO: glaswegian noise pop superstars the ninth wave

Since their first big feature on BBC Introducing way back in January of 2018, Glasgow-based goth-pop duo The Ninth Wave have been steadily gaining momentum for the past couple years, and I'm so excited to feature them because I'm almost 100% certain they're going to blow up completely this year. The band is longtime mates Haydn Park-Patterson and Millie Kidd, who met in their teens going to gigs in Glasgow, both on vocals (Park-Patterson leads and Kidd backs) and both on guitar, plus a rotating bill of touring members.

Their debut album, Infancy, arrived last November via Distiller Records to absolutely rave review, and for good reason: the album is their strongest release to date, filled to the brim with bleak, brooding ruminations on life, love, and the decay of society. If you're a fan of classic gloomy synth-pop bands like The Cure, Depeche Mode, or New Order, you'll absolutely love this band. But their gothic and glamorous look and sound wasn't something the band has always aimed for: "It's been something that has grown with the band," Park-Patterson explained to Dork Magazine in an interview a couple Aprils ago. "[It was] never a deliberate thing, where at the start we decided how we were going to look or how we were going to sound - our outlook has evolved with the music." And sometimes that's how the most beautiful music gets made - organically and experimentally, rather than through hyper-focus.

The Ninth Wave were recently announced as support for Hayley Williams on the UK and European leg of her upcoming solo tour, which is so exciting! They have a couple headlining shows coming up as well:

The band will also be headlining the River stage on the Friday of Glasgow's TRSNMT Festival, which is something they've always dreamed of. They can be found on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and their website. Infancy - and all of their other music - can be streamed now on your preferred platform. Keep your eye on this band as they inevitably grow beyond their wildest dreams.

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