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Werbeniuk formed eight years ago and have since been entertaining audiences with their unique sound, that fuses a wide range of musical styles, and chaotic live shows. On Saturday 16th November, the band release their brand new single, It Came From The Sea (with accompanying track Americanish) – a musical commentary looking at the current political landscape. It’s available as a limited run of either transparent green or black 7” singles and comes with a download code for high-quality versions of the single tracks PLUS two bonus tracks from the same recording session. We have a chat with the band to see what’s what.

Where did your band name come from?
We’re named after notorious Canadian Snooker player from the eighties, Big Bill Werbeniuk, who famously used to down 10 pints before games to take the edge off. When he was around the commentators used to call him Werben’iok’, so we thought that was how it was pronounced, and only found out that wasn’t the case when the name had settled in and stuck.

Briefly describe your sound and songwriting process.
We describe ourselves as ‘skiffletronica/argu-rock’, it’s a combination of electronics, percussion, and close-harmony singing-ish.

Tell us more about your 7″ Single It Came From The Sea. What is it about?
The single, It Came From The Sea, along with Americanish, are straight to 8-track live recordings of a couple of live faves, and they both are shaped by the state of The States and its influence on, well, everything!

Where did you record the single? Are you releasing it via a record label?
The single is released on our own Wattnoiz label, like the previous two Werbeniuk albums. It was recorded in a Billingham youth club as live as possible onto eight tracks on a portastudio to try to capture a ‘live’ feel.

Have you got any shows to support the release?
We launch the single with an afternoon gig at Something For the Geekend comic shop, Stockton, on Saturday 16th Nov. It’s a free entrance, all-ages gig and features Red Ropes as support.

Other gigs so far:

Wed 20th Nov – Bobiks, Newcastle ( supporting Some Bodies).

Fri 22nd Nov – Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. Support TBC

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