The Wow Signal to release debut album
London-based rockers The Wow Signal have announced the release of their debut album entitled Infinity's Lobby on March 23rd.
The multinational band comprise of US singer/songwriter/guitarist Andrew Mangold, Italian guitarist Paolo Kralj, Ukrainian bassist Dmytriy Afanasyev and Australian drummer Darren Lee. The album was produced by Marc Waterman (Elastica, Ash, Depeche Mode) in London's Fortress Studios and will be distributed by Genepool/Universal.
The album follows the release of the title track as a single last November which received praise from Artrocker's Alice Wagstaffe who said that the track contained "fantastic, retro vocals that remind me of an unplaceable 70s frontman and excited punchy guitars, it's got real direction and pace, as singer Andrew Mangold shouts "look at me!" before jabbering something inaudible."
To find out more about the band, visit their My Space
More information from the press release about the band's history can be found below:
The Wow Signal were formed by Andrew Mangold, a native of New York who has toured the world chasing musical opportunities. Encouraged by his artistic family, (his father Robert Mangold is an established abstract painter in the school of 60’s New York minimalism and his brother James Mangold is the Hollywood film director of ‘Walk the Line’ and ‘Girl Interrupted’) Andrew travelled to Vienna in the late 90’s and spent five years studying classical music there. But by 2003 he had discovered the electric guitar and decided to go down the rock’n’roll path rather than compose for String Quartet or piano.
While teaching English for a living Andrew immersed himself in Vienna’s rock scene, formed his first band and landed some impressive local support slots before realising that he could only go so far based in Austria. He was then drawn to London, arguably the rock’n’roll capital of the world, early in 2007. Shortly after arriving, Andrew became good friends with photographer Ami Barwell, an early fan of the band who helped introduce him to the london scene and advise the band early on, as well as sharing beers with ex-Libertines musicians, performing with Happy Mondays ex-guitarist Kav, and making many friends with other aspiring bands playing the Shoreditch, Soho, and Camden venues where they found their gigs. Andrew set about seeking fellow highly accomplished musicians who shared the same intense hunger for rock music, eventually forming the Wow Signal in the Autumn of 2007.
Guitarist Paolo grew up near Venice and studied Violin and piano for ten years as a child before discovering the delights of the electric guitar and gravitating to London to pursue his rock’n’roll dream at the beginning of the new Millennium. Born in Donetsk, bassist Dima cut his teeth in a covers band in the Ukraine, playing classic songs by the likes of Radiohead, Muse, Placebo, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin etc., before moving to London early in 2007. Drummer Darren was born in Manchester but emigrated to Australia when he was 13, having already taken up drums aged ten. He became a much sought after session drummer Down Under and worked with some of Australia’s most talented producer / engineers such as Andy Wallace (Ben Folds) and Peter Blyton (Choirboys / Keith Urban) before deciding to relocate back to the UK in 2006.