Luminous Wavez Releases EP “Ashes of the Artist”
Luminous Wavez, comprised of bandmates Mike Dobbins in lyrics and Leaone on instruments and vocals, merged during the COVID-19 pandemic and the artists made extensive use of this downtime to discuss their work and develop new ideas for it.
For their album “Ashes of the Artist,” they were mostly influenced by Johnny Cash, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and the Velvet Underground, as well as Chris Cornell and Leonard Cohen were also major influences. Throughout the album, there was a sense of foreboding mixed with a sense of redemption as the characters faced their demons and grew from their experiences, much like Johnny Cash. Initially, they wanted to name it “Revenge Songs” but the wife of Mike Dobbins didn’t like it so they settled on “Ashes of the Artist.” The quest begins with Revenge Song Spiritual, which displays a fearless, unwavering message of retribution that would make Johnny Cash proud. A sentiment that most people experience but few will confess, it supports the notion of seeking revenge as a cathartic means of redressing past wrongs. The reflective Ex Regrets offers a contemplative reflection on failed relationships and the romantic, Gatsby-like desire for their revival. An otherwise emotional subject is made more palatable by the upbeat beat.
Let the Pain Be Your Light challenges preconceived notions about suffering by viewing it as a tool for growth and escape from the shadows rather than as something to be avoided. The EP’s final song, “Have No Fear,” stands out as a daring, uplifting song that leaves the listener inspired and reinvigorated. It has a minimalistic Nick Cave vibe.
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Photo credits: Leaone
Written by: Audrey Castel