Australian duo VOWWS met while studying music in Western Sydney. They played in multiple prominent experimental rock bands together and quickly became fixtures in Sydney’s underground music scene. It didn’t take long for the duo to become restless however, and soon enough they packed up, said goodbye to Australia and moved to Brooklyn NY in 2011 – where where they began writing music together with full focus.
Initially, although Matt and Rizz shared many common inspirations and influences, they had distinctly different working and writing styles – often leaving them at odds as to how to flesh out their vision.
Gradually their tension, conflict and chemistry began to define their world and their sound, and at the same time, friend, producer (and sometimes mediator) Kevin McMahon helped capture this dichotomy on tape. The duo wrote and recorded throughout 2013/14, piecing together a collection of tracks that would become their debut album, The Great Sun.
Released in October 2015, The Great Sun boasts a dense collection of pop songs writhing underneath layers of tape distortion – a dirty, grinding and swaying work co-produced by McMahon and featuring guest appearances by Industrial legend Gary Numan, Swan’s percussionist Thor Harris, and spawning a remix of the track Holy Youth by Jimmy Urine (Mindless Self Indulgence) in 2016.
Their intensely focussed live show creates a thumping tempest of sound, with the charismatically restrained duo commanding proceedings from the eye of the storm.
VOWWS relocated to LA in 2015, where they are now based.