Single Review: The Subways- Black Wax

Black Wax is the exciting new single from Hertfordshire rock favourites The Subways. Black Wax is the second single from their upcoming album Uncertain joys, whetting our appetites in anticipation as the album is not out until January. It is their first full length album for seven years and the first with their new line up, drummer Josh Morgan left back in 2020 and Camille Phillips took his place in 2021.

Black Wax is full of energy and exudes the rock n roll energy that The Subways have made their trademark sound. The song is an ode to their love of music, with some of the artists that have influenced them name checked- Shirley Manson, Madonna and Kurt Cobain amongst others. 

The song was recorded with a guitar made from wood which was reclaimed from the bar of former music venue The Square in Harlow, where The Subways played their very first show. Frontman Billy Lun explained:

 “Given that our first ever gig was on the hallowed stage of The Square in Harlow, which, following over a decade of Tory rule is now resigned to rubble, it felt only right to record my guitar parts with the guitar that had been built from the wood lifted from The Square’s bar. This guitar, built by local legend Murray Torkildsen, was lent to me by a very good friend, Adam Smith, who fought so hard to save The Square in its final days. It’s no coincidence that his handle online is Black Wax. Long live The Square. Long live music.” 

The guitar is put to good use on the track, which has an infectious, cool guitar riff throughout.

The Subways new album Uncertain Joys comes out 13th January 2023 and Black Wax is out now on Alcopop! records

The band are on an UK tour early next year:

26/01/2022MANCHESTERGORILLA
27/01/2022STOKESUGARMILL
28/01/2022SUNDERLANDINDEPENDENT
29/01/2022GLASGOWKING TUTS
01/02/2022CARDIFFCLWB IFOR BACH
02/02/2022LONDONSCALA
03/02/2022BRIGHTONCHALK
04/02/2022CAMBRIDGEMASH

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Article by Hayley Foster da Silva

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