Citing Jackson Pollock, Guy de Maupassant, Andy Warhol, Thomas Mann, pop design, booze and frustration as their prime influences, French quintet Air Wave created a melodramatic rock music that took musical inspiration from acts as diverse as My Bloody Valentine, Kraftwerk, Ride, Pink Floyd, Loop and Serge Gainsbourg. Cedric Baud (vocals/guitar), Skrist (guitar), Dav P (bass), Seb G (guitar) and William M (drums) forged a music that found its resonance in accentuated seriousness and sobriety. Tellingly, in his home country, Baud was compared to the Johnny Depp-played character William Blake from Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man. Many of the songs on the quintet’s 2000 debut, Comme Tout Va Bien, tended towards morbidity. The track ‘Neuf Vies’ (Nine Lives) is about the death of a pet cat while ‘LB25’ contains a reference to a Bulgarian prostitute who was murdered. According to Baud tracks such as ‘Comme Tout Va Bien’ (Everything Is OK) and ‘Un Fond De Vague A L’Ame’ (A Wave Of Sadness) are ‘like instant shots of state, Polaroids of our states of mind’.
Air Wave notably contributed to the An Evening In The Company Of the Vespertine compilation (issued by the Salford, England-based Vespertine label) alongside artists such as Gnac, Butterfly Child, Appendix Out and Cavil. Baud produced Laughing In The Morning, the debut album by the latter Leeds, England-based singer-songwriter. Following the release of their debut, Air Wave was put on hold with Skist playing guitar in Klima and Dav P playing bass in Casablanca. (NB: Not to be confused with the Belgian trance producer Airwave aka Laurent Véronnez.)