Peter Ruddell is 1/3 of New Zealand's most well known “guitarless guitar band,” noise-rock trio Wax Chattels. He has debuted his solo project SULFATE with the cathartic single, 'Speaking For Others', and is touring around the North Island of New Zealand - performing with David Harris on Drums.
A departure of frantic and frenetic nature of Wax Chattels, Sulfate is doomy, but with strong harmonies supported by its minimal instrumentation. Heavy drums and a distorted electric piano wash throughout while Peter's ambient baritone is complemented by sparse female vocal harmonies.
This a DIY record, written, recorded and mixed by myself - along with all the being artwork my own woodcut prints. As someone who struggles to sit still, it was a bit of a test to see if I could see a project through from inception to completion. From the get go I wanted the record to be very focussed sonically - a particular sound and energy from a particular time and place - so I didn’t labour over it - and for all there is a large amount of sound that washes over you, the arrangements and instrumentation are very minimal. I didn’t want to spend six months finding the perfect synth tone to enhance the second verse - I wanted it to be raw.
- Speaking For Others
- Top Form
- Cyclone Part 1
- Cyclone Part 2
- Automatic Juicer
- Sanctuary for Seabirds