“Invite me, kindly” is the second EP from rising three-piece HotWax which dropped recently via Marathon Artists. The collection features the band’s influence from 90s grunge and 00s’ garage/indie rock, as heard on standouts like “Phone Machine” and lead single “Drop.” “Writing this EP felt really good, it all came together really quickly and the majority of the songs just fell into place.” explains singer Tallulah Sim-Savage. “I felt I had lots of phrases saved up in my head that I couldn’t wait to put into my lyrics. The EP looks at themes of acceptance to people who have hurt you before, letting your doubts leave you and feeling free. Playing these songs live this summer has been so refreshing, I still feel so passionately about a lot of the lyrics, which makes it feel very therapeutic to perform. Working with Alan Moulder on recording the EP was amazing, he was so open to our ideas and really helped our vision come to life.” The trio from Hastings, England is comprised of Tallulah Sim-Savage (vocals and guitar), Lola Sam (bass) and Alfie Sayers (drums) and performed at numerous European festivals over the summer including Mad Cool, All Points East and Reading & Leeds. At All Points East, the band performed on the very same stage that one of their major influences, Yeah Yeah Yeahs would perform later that day. “That was my favorite day in the world of the history!” Sim-Savage shared on seeing Karen O Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “she just like radiates the most beautiful energy. She’s so positive and gentle but so strong.” The band is currently on tour opening for fellow UK artists Royal Blood and is making their debut in many cities throughout the U.S. Shortly afterwards, they’ll headline shows in New York City and Los Angeles and are slated to return next year to play SXSW in Austin, TX
HotWax spoke with B-Sides host Pete Mar about touring the U.S. for the first time, how 90s grunge and psychedelic rock influences their music, their latest EP ‘Invite Me, Kindly’ and more.
Photos from their set in Oakland, CA 11/10/2023: