Faze Wave Aims To Release Sophomore LP This Year

Faze Wave is getting in touch with a softer side in their new music.

The Florida band is aiming to release the follow-up to their 2016 debut Melt sometime this year.
Melt was an indie rock album heavily influenced by blues and classic rock. But what’s coming next from Faze Wave is shaping up to be different. The band’s latest single “Leagues,” released earlier this month, teases a new approach to their sound. Melt was heavily influenced by bands like Alvvays and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, with faster and heavier beats. Yet, “Leagues” touches upon more emotional side to the group.

Frontman Matthew Flynn tells BTRtoday that the single was based off a relationship that was very one-sided. “’Leagues’ was inspired by a relationship I had that was left open ended,” he says. “I was trying to make excuses to talk to a person that didn’t feel the same way about me.”

The Jacksonville, FL-based band plans on playing as many shows as possible in the lead-up to their next album. “We’re taking this thing as far as we can,” Flynn says about playing music. “[It’s] the best live show to ever happen, every time.”

Read the entire interview with Flynn of Faze Wave below.

BTRtoday (BTR): Where’d the name Faze Wave come from?

Matthew Flynn (MF): Our old drummer and I were laying on the floor of his living room trying to think of names when we first formed. After thinking for a while he just yelled, “Faze Wave!” We all agreed it was a good idea because it didn’t really have a meaning and it sounded nice.

BTR: I see you guys met in high school, did playing music in high school influence your sound at all?

MF: None of us really think we sounded good when we first met in high school, so I think it helped because we had a lot more experience when we really started to make music seriously.

BTR: What are some of your major influences—musically and just in general?

MF: We all have widely different influences. Half of us are really into psychedelic and funk music, while the other half takes more from rock and grunge. Bands like Alvvays, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Broncho, and The Orwells have had a big impact on us.
When I write lyrics I’m really inspired by film and random things my friends say. The relationships I have with my friends are a big part of my writing process as well.

BTR: What’re your live shows like?

MF: The best live show to ever happen, every time.

BTR: Tell me about this recent single, “Leagues.” What inspired it?

MF: “Leagues” was inspired by a relationship I had that was left open ended. I was trying to make excuses to talk to a person that didn’t feel the same way about me.

BTR: What should we be keeping an eye out for in the future of Faze Wave?

MF: Lots and lots of music that will always be evolving. We plan on playing as many shows as we can this year. As of right now we are recording our second album and plan to have that out soon. We’re taking this thing as far as we can.

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