Jennae Alexa Ruiz Santos is the humble mastermind behind WSABI Fox–one of NYC’s most exciting and boundary-breaking guitar acts. One-part prog rock experiment with a rotating lineup of musicians and various band iterations, and one-part performance art, WSABI Fox has been blowing our minds with her incendiary sound for more than a year.
We’re thrilled to premiere an intimate, live version of WSABI Fox’s “CUT,” filmed by the lovely folks at Wonderpark Studios. Santos is solo in the stark, six-minute performance, looping drum pad samples and abrasive guitar riffs with electronic pedals to further disorient her audience. The deconstructed, incensed sound at the core of WSABI Fox’s music is inspired by “the industrial underbelly of the BQE and the seismic barges in my neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn”. Watch the video above and read a personal statement from WSABI Fox about the origins of her sampled sounds below.
“My home space had become an extremely hostile environment; these sounds were constructed from the all-consuming anger surrounding it. In effort to exorcise the rage I harnessed beneath everything, I took to personal ritual in pursuit of balance: burning sage, symmetrical assemblage of water jars & ceramics, playing drums, & revisiting field recordings from the Philippines. I visited my grandmother’s childhood church in her ancestral village of Lezo, Aklan, which contains an old dissonant bell, ripe with acute overtones. These objects produced samples for electronic drum pad in this song. I am grateful to have music as an outlet at every crux & schism in life. Whether or not peace is possible between us, I believe that channeling negativity through art has the potential to illuminate darkness into some form of personal closure… or it is at least, very satisfying to play guitar really really loudly.”
Listen to WSABI Fox’s GUSHING EP.
Catch the final WSABI Brooklyn show of the year at C’mon Everybody on Thursday, December 12: “WSABI: MF Groove (double drums formation)” with A Bunch of Dead People and Rose Blanshei.
“SPECIFIC MOTION” WEST COAST TOUR
12/16 The Siren’s Song Tavern • Eureka, CA+
12/17 Bunk Bar • Portland+
12/18 Space Planet • Tacoma, WA+
12/20 Cafe Colonial • Sacramento+
12/22 The Golden Bull • Oakland^
01/02 Ham & Eggs • Los Angeles^
(+ Duo of Love ft alexdgoldberg, ^ MF BOSS)