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The Wake - Perfumes and Fripperies

WORLD Ahead of the long-awaited 'Perfumes and Fripperies' album from iconic post-punk band The Wake, they offer the second taste of this long-play, called 'Everything (feat. Wolfie'., a.k.a. David “Wolfie” Wolfenden (guitarist for ‘80s post-punk icons Red Lorry Yellow Lorry).

This record comes almost 25 years since their last full-length album. Earlier, the band released lead track 'Hammer Hall', a lushly layered, powerful, dark soundscape laced with infectious hooks and driven by signature vocals.

The Wake are Troy Payne, Rich Witherspoon, James Tramel and Daniel C. Formed in the mid-80 in Columbus, OH and a fixture in the early- to mid-90s goth rock scene, The Wake are re-emerging with a new offering, almost 25 years since their last full-length album.

Everything (feat. Wolfie)

The Wake earned critical accolades as part of the "second wave" of goth. Through their releases, appearances on a myriad of complilations and extensive touring with peers such as Skinny Puppy and Nine Inch Nails, The Wake secured their place in goth and roll history.

Everything' started out as a completely different song before it became a collaboration with David “Wolfie” Wolfenden of Red Lorry Yellow Lorry and a kind of cathartic letter to my father, who died in 2007. Although it was obvious that the initial song had potential, it never gained the creative juice to push it forward and was essentially shelved. At some point, Rich was inspired to add a new guitar line to the original bass and drums - and that took the song in an entirely different direction," explains Troy Payne.

"Being a long time Lorries fan, Rich reached out to David for a second guitar layer and with that - the music for 'Everything' was complete. When I heard what they had done, I knew exactly what I wanted to do vocally and lyrically. I had been unpacking my relationship with my Dad and the experience of his death for some time. Sometimes just saying what has been left unsaid is all you need"

© Photo by Gish Blaylox at Blaylox Arts

Metaphorically, 'Perfumes and Fripperies' is the space between the weight of darkness and the hazy, sheen of dreams. Here - dark, uneasy truths are revealed, fate and resolution come to terms, whispering dreams and memories dance together in the moon light... there will be no sleep tonight.

From its inception, The Wake has been an outlier - an unlikely band, from an unlikely place, making unlikely music, and having great success.  In 1993, The Wake debuted with the 'Masked' LP via Cleopatra Records, a landmark recording to this day. While touring extensively, the band had other successful releases like the AP Dance charting single 'Christine'an EP of songs remixed by Rosetta Stone, and their third release 'Nine Ways'.

Recorded over many months in different locations and various circumstances in the band’s native Ohio, the album comes together to speak with one voice. This long-play was mixed by Matt Hagberg at VMS in Columbus, OH and mastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge in NYC.


As of October 30, 'Perfumes and Fripperies' will be available digitally everywhere, including Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music and on CD via Blaylox Records. The album can already be pre-ordered directly from the band via Bandcamp.

"The Wake sounds like they were raised by the Sisters of Mercy. It's not an unfair comparison... icy keyboards, and apocalyptic vocals.... As with the Sisters of Mercy, the band's danceable Halloween music landed in the clubs"  AllMusic

“Goth as Fuck”  Alternative Press

"Hailing from Columbus, OH and now residing in the annals of post-punk and Goth rock history... The Wake’s new output is stunning – a vivid cold beauty in the style of Clan of Xymox or Sisters of Mercy. They are truly their American cousins, born of the same dark mother... loud and coldly convincing"  Big Takeover Magazine


The Wake
Perfumes and Fripperies
Blaylox Records
30 October 2020

P&F was written, recorded and mixed over many months, in multiple locals, by different means, on different systems.
All songs written and recorded by The Wake
Recorded at Blaylox Studios, Suma Recording Studio, and VMS
Mixing and production by The Wake and Matt Hagberg at VMS
Final mix by Matt Hagberg at VMS
Mastering by Emily Lazar at The Lodge NYC, assisted by Chris Allgood
Vocals by Troy Payne
Guitar by Rich Witherspoon
Bass by James Tramel
Drums by Daniel C.
Second guitar on 'Everything (feat. Wolfie)' by David Wolfenden
Second vocal on 'Rusted (Hz Healer Mix feat. Caroline Blind)' by Caroline Blind
Design by Blaylox Arts
Cover art adapted from Fiona Hall’s 'Vaporized'

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   © Photo
 by Gish Blaylox at Blaylox Arts
Music is not a virus! Admittedly, it contaminates you with the melody, the lyrics, but it can be bought, discovered, hummed, tickles the hollow of your ear, is released on your lips ...  Think of the artists, they illuminate your daily life and feed the memory of pretty refrains which will become memories.
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