Sheffield trio Awooga return to the fold with their debut full-length, Conduit. A culmination of a year’s work resulting in a deep, heavy, tranquil and visceral record, Conduit is set to establish Awooga as one of the UK’s most exciting and unique acts in 2018.
Following on from 2016’s debut Alpha EP, Awooga have further explored the boundaries of dismal sludge and euphoric space to create something that that is very much their own. Alpha is a vast soundscape that fills nearly every wave-length, touches on every emotion. It flows, it confuses, it’s conflicted and it’s beautiful. It is Awooga.
Inspirations by Frank Zappa, Alice in Chains and Tool are immediately apparent, Awooga also give a nod to Miles Davis, who was a champion of musical diversity and some of the world’s greatest artists.
Transition, change and progression are all fundamental themes of Conduit, and the recording process was very much a direct expression via the individual members’ performances. Vocalist and bassist Tam Ali explains:
“In the exchange between the brain and the mind is the liminal place. This is where we reside. Brutality and Tranquillity. – All pass through the Conduit. The process of writing this album was extremely visceral, and direct flow of energy channelled out of the world and into a studio in the Galician mountains.”
Awooga have performed at festivals such as Crooked Ways, Tramlines festival supporting Anathema and KAYA festival with Asian Dub Foundation, an impressive feat for a band with only one EP released. This year will see them embark on a tour with Amplifier leading into the album release with many more headline and festival dates to follow.
Conduit will be released on April 20 through Rockosmos (pre-order here). Listen to the full album here: