Buena Park natives Merilou Salazar and Jessie Meehan originally joined together to create their high school punk The Midol Poppers as an escape from the suburban idea of "normalcy”. That fearlessness produced with underground hip hop production and the heart of a garage band continues to be the foundation of WASI’s soul.
Heavily influenced by the likes of Tegan and Sara, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and MIA, WASI combines their-restriction free do-it-yourself mentality with sun drenched melodies, contagious beats and anthemic lyrics. They strive to break the boundary between artist and audience. The spark and genuine connection of WASI leaves their listeners empowered to know they’re not alone in the fight to be heard.
Their debut album RIOT POP speaks the stream of conscious honesty of a rebel who fights to love themselves. RIOT POP drops June 7, 2019. They’ve had radio play on Alt 98.7 “Close to Home” and KROQ LOCALS 106.7.
“The group is well-equipped to be a part of the resistance, providing sounds and solace for young people coming into their own, just as music had helped them before.” - Billboard