Waves under Water

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Waves under Water
Origin Stockholm, Sweden
Genres Darkwave
Years active 2007present
Labels Calorique Records
Danse Macabre
Associated acts LinaLaukaR
Website http://www.myspace.com/wavesunderwater
Members Angelica Segerbäck
Johan Svärdshammar

Live members:
Ursula Ewrelius
Past members Rickard Kretschmer

Waves under Water is a Swedish darkwave/synthpop band formed in October 2007 by the singer Angelica Segerbäck and the composer Johan Svärdshammar . The band has a romantic image which flirts with goth, steampunk and new romantic.

Angelica Segerbäck (Angel) is lead vocalist in the bands Waves under Water and LinaLaukaR which she and Johan Svärdshammar started together. She has also appeared on a few songs by other bands.

Johan Svärdshammar is composer, guitarist and backing vocalist in the bands Waves under Water and LinaLaukaR which he founded together with Angelica Segerbäck. In the past he has also played in other band formations such as Cynthia Leech.

Steampunk Genre of fiction

Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Although its literary origins are sometimes associated with the cyberpunk genre, steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century's British Victorian era or American "Wild West", in a future during which steam power has maintained mainstream usage, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power. However, steampunk and neo-Victorian are different in that the neo-Victorian movement does not extrapolate on technology while technology is a key aspect of steampunk.



The band recorded their first two songs "Winter Garden" and "My Cup" in 2007 on the first day, under the temporary name Hopscotch. Soon they changed their name to Waves under Water and in May 2008 they released their first demo titled Winter Garden. Their debut album Serpents and the Tree was released in October 2009 on their own label Calorique Records together with Danse Macabre. The album entered at number 8 in the Deutsche Alternative Charts. [1] The main theme of the album is Norse pagan myths and the drama between winter and summer, [2] and the album title refers to the tree Yggdrasil.

Yggdrasil immense tree that is central in Norse cosmology, in connection to which the nine worlds exist

Yggdrasil is an immense mythical tree that plays a central role in Norse cosmology, where it connects the Nine Worlds.

Apart from the founders Angelica Segerbäck and Johan Svärdshammar, there is also one live member, Ursula Ewrelius on synth. On stage, the band uses different kinds of instruments like synths, guitars, cello, glockenspiel and a bass played with a sickle.

Sickle agricultural tool

A sickle, bagging hook or reaping-hook, is a hand-held agricultural tool designed with variously curved blades and typically used for harvesting, or reaping, grain crops or cutting succulent forage chiefly for feeding livestock, either freshly cut or dried as hay. Falx was a synonym but was later used to mean any of a number of tools that had a curved blade that was sharp on the inside edge such as a scythe.

Segerbäck and Svärdshammar also have the side project LinaLaukaR.

Band members

Lyrics are words that make up a song usually consisting of verses and choruses. The writer of lyrics is a lyricist. The words to an extended musical composition such as an opera are, however, usually known as a "libretto" and their writer, as a "librettist". The meaning of lyrics can either be explicit or implicit. Some lyrics are abstract, almost unintelligible, and, in such cases, their explication emphasizes form, articulation, meter, and symmetry of expression. Rappers can also create lyrics that are meant to be spoken rhythmically rather than sung.

Music form of art using sound

Music is an art form and cultural activity whose medium is sound organized in time. General definitions of music include common elements such as pitch, rhythm, dynamics, and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture. Different styles or types of music may emphasize, de-emphasize or omit some of these elements. Music is performed with a vast range of instruments and vocal techniques ranging from singing to rapping; there are solely instrumental pieces, solely vocal pieces and pieces that combine singing and instruments. The word derives from Greek μουσική . See glossary of musical terminology.

Glockenspiel percussion instrument composed of a set of tuned keys arranged in the fashion of the keyboard of a piano

A glockenspiel is a percussion instrument composed of a set of tuned keys arranged in the fashion of the keyboard of a piano. In this way, it is similar to the xylophone; however, the xylophone's bars are made of wood, while the glockenspiel's are metal plates or tubes, thus making it a metallophone. The glockenspiel, moreover, is usually smaller and higher in pitch.

Live Band Members

Bass guitar Electric bass instrument

The bass guitar is a plucked string instrument similar in appearance and construction to an electric guitar, except with a longer neck and scale length, and four to six strings or courses.




Compilation appearances

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  1. http://www.moonlightproject.eu/DA-Charts/DA-Charts/DA-Charts-KW-41-2009.html
  2. http://downloads.negatief.de/negatief22.pdf