Oracles of the Grave
Under the Dead Waves banner, Teddy Panopoulos and his brother Nick have released three full-lengths and three EPs, all within half a decade.
Over the course of those recordings, in that short span of time, a glorious progression has been documented. The duo began with a heavy garage rock sound and graduated to ghostly, bare-bones, psych-folk, brimming with anguish and wonder. Dead Waves' transformation was expressed in full on its latest work, 2018's God of the Wild, which incorporated Ancient Greek instruments (a nod to the brothers' heritage) into the mix of voice, guitars, and analog synths.
Burning Ambulance described that most recent album as "bridging the gap between experimental rock and some sort of unknown, barbarous folk music," likening it to Sonic Youth, Neil Young, and Wolves In The Throne Room, while CVLT Nation called it "fragile, and full of cosmic pain." Noisey proclaimed: “Dead Waves will make you stare at the sun and see the end of existence.”
Guest performances by Jessica Reynoza from The Willowz are on The Great Clock and God of the Wild LP. Staying true to their independent/DIY approach to music, the brothers started their own label Entheon in 2018 after having experiences in dealing with other labels. They have recorded with notable producers who inspired them with their ethos and approach to the “industry” such as Steve Albini (Pixies, Slint, The Jesus Lizard), Martin Bisi (Swans, Brian Eno, Sonic Youth) and Paul Kostabi (Cults, The Willowz)