EXETER’S LOW WAVE: GRUNGE ROCK ANTHEMS & MELODIC POWER


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It’s our pleasure to introduce you to Low Wave.

Hailing from Exeter, UK, Low Wave delivers riff-based alternative rock with a grunge aesthetic. With powerful guitars and a melodic sensibility for writing songs that are both reflective and anthemic.

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It’s hard to believe Low Wave only formed in 2023. Quickly making their mark on the local music scene, they have earned listeners around the world with their first EP release, ‘State Of Mine’ (2024).

Band Members:

Graham Waddell – Guitarist / songwriter
Ella Partridge – Drums
Colin Penn – Bass
Brett Daniels – Vocals

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Where are you from? / Where are you based now?:

We’re all based in and around the Exeter area and still call it home today.

Musical Influences:

Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Queens of the Stone Age, Pearl Jam, Sleater-Kinney, Mastodon, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Violent Femmes.

In your own words:

Come see us and check us out via your preferred streaming platform!

About the latest release:

State Of Mine is a grunge-inspired and sometimes abrasive collection of riff-heavy rock. Drawn from a bunch of songs written and developed by lead guitarist Graham during the hazy pandemic years, the band has come together to create a first EP that reflects our observations on the changing state of the world—socially, politically, and environmentally—while drawing crowds to the floor and making music that sticks in your head.

Photo Credit: State of Mine EP Cover 

What inspired the latest release?:

The experience of lockdown, people unravelling, and the resulting state of the world over the past couple of years.

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Quickfire Questions

The weirdest gig we’ve ever played happened at…
Rock Bottom Bar, Plymouth – no soundcheck, no communication on scheduling and timings; hardly any time to set up in between bands. But we played great, and it was one of our best early shows.

The place with the best bathroom graffiti is…
Probably the Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham, which is just an all-around great venue as well.

The best part of performing live is the feeling of…
The feeling when we lock in musically together and it seems effortless and sounds great – and the audience reaction affirms it.

How do we prepare for a show…
Rehearse!

Tell us about an independent eatery in Exeter you love.

  • The Flat, Fore Street. Great pizzas, great staff, and a cosy atmosphere.
  • Kin Khao café, Well Street. Best Thai food in the South West!

Shout out to a local business in Exeter and why.

  • Life Guitars, McCoys Arcade. Stepping into the huge shoes vacated by Manson’s these guys offer an affordable and friendly way into musical equipment, whether you’re a beginner or seasoned pro. They fill a gap in the local market to trade and buy second hand gear.
  • Shout out as well to The Roots Foundation, New Bridge Street. Records, great coffee, and an amazing haircut all under one roof.
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What’s the best attraction/place to visit/hang out in Exeter?

  • The Phoenix, Gandy Street – best place to see established and upcoming bands live; a good place to grab a drink and a bite to eat; they hold lots of different creative classes, including music-related; and they host awesome local radio station Phonic FM. Plus, the beer selection is always on point. An all round creative gem for the city located right in its heart. We’ve had the pleasure of playing there and can’t wait to do it again.

Darren Branch

Darren "Twig" Branch is a music enthusiast enjoying life in South Somerset, England.

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