Graham Coxon & Rose Elinor Dougall To Unite As The WAEVE
Graham Coxon and Rose Elinor Dougall have announced that they are to collaborate on a new project called The WAEVE. The Blur guitarist and the former Pipette-turned-solo-artist have teamed up after bonding over shared musical passions and appearing on the same bill at the Live For Beirut fundraiser at the Jazz Cafe, London, in December 2020.
The WAEVE will make their live debut at London’s Lexington on 4 May and will release their debut single, Something Pretty, the following day.
“We are greatly looking forward to unleashing our new sound live at the Lexington,” said the band in a statement. “We’ve been locked away, busy translating the varied sounds of our songs into a dynamic live show, with the help of some great musician friends. We invite you to surrender to the world of The WAEVE.”
A statement on the band’s Instagram page reads, “Here comes The WAEVE…. the coming together of two musicians, who through working together have formed a new, singular, sonic identity. Themes of oblivion and surrender are juxtaposed with suggestions of hopefulness and light.
Against a brutal global backdrop of impending apocalypse and despair, Graham Coxon and Rose Elinor Dougall strove to free themselves through the defiant, blind optimism of making music.”
According to NME, “The duo came together after exchanging messages during the lockdown Christmas of 2020. They soon started writing songs before their collaboration ‘gave rise to an unexpected sonic universe’… Inspired by ‘a shared love of English folk music, storytelling and the associated landscapes of this beleaguered island,’ their music soon turned into something of their own, with ‘a cinematic breadth whilst maintaining an honest intimacy’ and ‘guitars, saxophones AND strings lifting the songs into other stratospheres’. Their upcoming music is said to speak to ‘themes of oblivion and surrender, juxtaposed with suggestions of hopefulness and light’”.