Premiere: Wax Statues keep it simple on “It Was All A Dream”
Words by Sarah Leighton
When hit with the news that two of the four members of the Singing Limbs had moved out of the Bay, lead singer Cam Gibbons and bassist Dominic Colombini were left with booked recording dates and an abundant supply of written material. According to Cam: “When they left, their sound left with them. It was a really unique to that space and time.”
As a band that was headlining venues like the Great American, it would have been easy to accept their fate, sit back, and let the two members’ departures dictate the future. Yet, a year later, they’re back as a trio called Wax Statues, teaming up with a new drummer for an upcoming debut album.
Wax Statues is comprised of Gibbons, Colombini, and newcomer Christian Miceli. Christian came to the band through a Craigslist posting having moved to the Bay Area, after touring with another band. After hearing Cam’s songwriting and Dominic’s intricate bass lines, Chris was set on joining the band. “Cam writes songs that you can just get the feeling of what he is feeling.
[it’s] authentic good music coming from a good song writer.” While it is this authenticity and relatability that is the foundation of the band, the way Chris and Dom riff off Cam’s initial vision of the song was the final solidifier in the formation of this new group.
Leading up to the album’s release, Wax Statues will drop one song a month, starting with “It Was All a Dream,” available exclusively at The Bay Bridged first. The dreamy guitar and poppy synth on “It Was All a Dream,” are juxtaposed with overly analytical lyrics, which are perfectly calming and, at the same time, anxiety-ridden. No matter what you want in your life, it’s all a dream until you’ve done it,” says Cam. “But the comforting thing is that once you’ve done that thing, it’s just a dream of something you’ve done.” While the album was written while Cam was reflecting on his own mental health, the single couldn’t be more relatable — especially in the wake of recent headlines.
Wax Statues play music that is easily palatable to all types of music listeners. Unlike the former Singing Limbs, they fit into the familiar psych/indie genre. They take much inspiration from late ‘70s Pink Floyd, Mild High Club’s synth-heavy sounds, and Real Estate’s clean, crisp vocal production, blended with breezy harmonies. Even though the trio can now be fit into a genre, their sound is anything but boring or predictable.
The debut album Exclusive / Reclusive aligns with the band’s overall motto: “Keep it simple, stupid.” The album is based on the fact that “a lot of music now is too complex, too busy,” says Christian. “There’s ups and downs and twists and turns, but it’s all got this linear vibe. [It’s] Tied together by the instruments and simplicity of it all.” Though it’s sparse in its number of instruments, with never more than four playing at once, Cam’s simple lyrics over Dom’s complex basslines even each other out.
Exclusive / Reclusive was written on an acoustic guitar and recorded live to tape in a total of eight days at Tiny Telephone with engineer Jacob Winik and mastering engineer James Riotto. “From the first minutes talking to them [Jacob and James] were stoked to have us lay the whole album live. Not a lot of bands want to lay stuff like that. [We] got the most organic sound out of it.”
If you find yourself bobbing your head to the tune, then you should see these guys live at their upcoming shows to hear more of the album or check them out on Spotify. Because — in their own words — simply stated, “here’s the deal. If people like us, and come see us they can be guaranteed they are paying for our next record.”
Raised in the Bay Area and schooled in the mountains of Colorado, Sarah is a lover of live music, ugly dogs, international travels, and vintage treasures.
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