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Sullen Waves

Los Angeles, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Los Angeles, California, United States
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Alternative Post-grunge


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"Sullen Waves - "Seven" [Song Review]"

Nirvana is my favourite band of ALL TIME. Ever since Kurt removed himself (or was removed by someone else, who knows...) from this planet and the remaining band members each went their own way, I've failed to find something to fill the grungy void I was left with when Nirvana ceased to be. So, any time a group lists Nirvana as one on their influences, I perk up.

Enter Los Angeles, California's Sullen Waves who, as I'm sure you've guessed, have Nirvana as number one on their list of influences... OK, I'm paying attention. But will this be just another miserable fucking disappointment, or something that will finally, actually leave me with goosebumps, hallucinogenic-like flashbacks to the glory-days of grunge, and a moderate erection? Well, consider me hair-raised, high, and hard!

I literally opened the press email about the independent release of Sullen Waves' new single, "Seven," two hours ago and in that time I've Liked their Facebook page (from two different accounts), messaged the band directly, emailed the PR person, posted a news article about them, listened to this song at least 20 times on repeat, and wrote this fucking review. And fine, I also wrote something in my fiancee's Valentine's Day card.

Being that I discovered this band all of 2 hours ago, I have NO idea what to expect from their forthcoming debut EP Sense of Emergency, but if it's anything remotely like "Seven", pre-orders beginning February 28th will be off the hook! The music, the lyrics ("Every day I'm bored and grumpy. Loosing touch with the world around me. I blame it all on Harry Potter. Poison food and poison water"), the unbridled angsty passion, and Alex Pratsyuk's vocals/screams are all SO reminiscent of In Utero-era Nirvana that it's uncanny!

To coincide with the release of Sense of Emergency, Sullen Waves will perform an intimate show in their hometown of Los Angeles, CA at the Viper Room on March 8th. Well FUCK YOU too Los Angeles, why don't you move to Canada! -

"Interview with Sullen Waves; Vocalist and Guitarist Alex Pratsyuk Offers Insight into His Budding Band and Their Nirvana-esque Sound"

Founded in June of 2014, Sullen Waves is a Los Angeles, CA-based alternative/punk/rock trio featuring Alex Pratsyuk (vox, guitar), Sal Ramazzini (bass), and Bruno Ragolia (drums). With a sound very reminiscent of Nirvana, which is by ZERO means a bad thing (read our "Seven" song review here), Sullen Waves is currently recording material for their debut release. We recently caught up with Alex Pratsyuk to learn as much as we can about this bad-ass budding band!

For those not familiar with the band, may you tell us a little bit about how and when you came to be?
Pratsyuk: Sullen Waves was formed in the summer of 2014. I had a handful of songs written and was ready to record them. At the time I worked with various musicians but couldn't achieve the desired sound until I met Sal and Bruno. I was familiar with Sal's musical abilities through several recording projects that we did together back in school. Sal introduced me to Bruno and within only five rehearsals, we were ready to record!

You just released your debut single "Seven," help us understand why you chose to release this song first?
Pratsyuk: I think "Seven" is a good introduction to Sullen Waves. It's fun, short and straight to the point. Everyone in our circle of friends seemed to like it, so I thought we'd put it out there first.

To that point, your debut EP Sense of Emergency, will see pre-orders go online circa early March. When is the album due out and what can people expect?
Pratsyuk: I don't want to spoil the surprise but it'll be a collection of songs I wrote over the past several years and they all have different stories behind them. No release date just yet.

The Nirvana similarities are BIG, and this is by NO means a bad thing. Comment on the likeness to their sound.
Pratsyuk: Nirvana has been there for me from very early on. A friend of mine introduced me to Nirvana's Nevermind back when I was thirteen years old and it blew me away. They've been my favorite band ever since. Essentially it was the combination of a heavy guitar sound, the energy, Kurt Cobain's voice and the fact that I could always relate to the emotional context of the songs. Then there was also the insane, powerful drum rhythms perfectly executed by Dave Grohl and off course, Krist Novoselic's scratchy bass tones that inspired me to play bass guitar for a while.

In a recent song review we noted that "the music, the lyrics, the unbridled angsty passion, and Alex Pratsyuk's vocals/screams are all SO reminiscent of In Utero-era Nirvana that it's uncanny." What say you to this comparison?
Pratsyuk: I liked that review, it was a great compliment. I think it was spot on and written by someone who's as much of a Nirvana fan as I am. I miss Kurt's music but I'm not really planning on bringing the In Utero-era back to life, rather evolve it into something new and different. This is only the beginning.

What are your sonic influences? Can you also name some of the newer rock/metal bands ya dig.
Pratsyuk: The first bands that I listened to were Iron Maiden, Slayer, Metallica, The Prodigy and No Doubt (I think only because I had a huge crush on Gwen). Then it was all about Nirvana, Oasis, Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Stone Temple Pilots, Radiohead, Placebo, Blur, Garbage, The Cardigans, Bjork for her incredible vocal abilities, The Vines, The Doors, Soundgarden, early Muse. More recent bands would include Them Crooked Vultures, Dead Sara, Porcupine Tree, Queens of The Stone Age, Beady Eye, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys. The Kills.

What is your writing process like?
Pratsyuk: I always write the music first, then lay the vocal melodies over it and the lyrics usually go last.

Any special or fun story behind the name of the band? What does it "mean”?
Pratsyuk: Umm... fun story... it seemed like it was the only available name left of all the band names that I had gone through. Jokes aside though, Sullen resonates really well with the moodiness of my songs and Waves stands for the sound waves or frequencies.

What do you think of the current state of the rock/metal world?
Pratsyuk: To be honest I'm not thrilled with the mainstream. But I think you can always find a handful of good bands if you look around, especially with the amount of music out there these days, it's hard not to find some great stuff.

Do you have any touring plans in support of the new recording?
Pratsyuk: Yes, but no specific dates are available just yet. -


On November 29th, the new alternative punk rock band Sullen Waves rocked the roof off the legendary House of Blues in Los Angeles, California. It was a spectacular show with a set list full of hard-hitting songs influenced by the 90's, classic rock sounds....... - EAST-WEST DIGITAL NEWS

"Sullen Waves Releases Single “Seven”"

Sullen Waves have independently released “Seven,” the first single from the band’s debut EP ‘Sense of Emergency’ on February 13, 2015. “Seven” can be streamed below. It is also available on iTunes, Bandcamp and Google Play. The EP will be available for pre-order starting on February 28 on Amazon.

‘Sense of Emergency was co-produced by Jaron Luksa and Alex Pratsyuk and was mixed by Jaron Luksa who has worked with Foster the People, Alabama Shakes, John Legend and more.

To coincide with the release of ‘Sense of Emergency’, Sullen Waves will perform an intimate show in their hometown of Los Angeles, CA at the Viper Room onMarch 8. Tickets are available for purchase here.

Sullen Waves is an Los Angeles based Alt-Punk trio who formed in 2014 by lead singer and guitarist, Alex Pratsyuk. Pratsyuk is joined by Sal Ramazzini on bass and Bruno Ragolia on drums. Although they are fairly new to the scene, Sullen Waves have been quickly gaining popularity in the Los Angeles local scene with their energizing music and captivating stage presence. They have performed at some of the legendary LA venues including the House of Blues, Molly Malones, Boardners, The Viper Room and many more. - NEW NOISE MAGAZINE

"Sullen Waves Release First Single, “Seven”"

The Scoop: Punk rock band Sullen Waves has released a new single, “Seven” which is off their first EP, Sense Of Emergency due out March 8th.
The Spin: Stream the new single here. You can also pre-order the new EP starting on February 28th on Amazon. To coincide with the release of ‘Sense of Emergency’, Sullen Waves will perform an intimate show in their hometown of Los Angeles, CA at the Viper Room on March 8. You can get tickets to that show here. - MIND EQUALS BLOWN


Still working on that hot first release.



Sullen Waves is an LA based alternative punk rock band. The band was formed in 2014 by singer/songwriter and guitar player Alex Pratsyuk when he joined forces with bass player Sal Ramazzini and drummer Bruno Ragolia.

The band is currently recording their first studio album at The Rattle Room in Burbank, California. 

The fairly new Sullen Waves has already been around the LA music scene block performing at many legendary venues such as Molly Malone’s, House of Blues, Boardner’s, The Viper Room and many others. Their success is not only measured by their music but also by the fact that all three members of the band are true entertainers who leave their hearts on the stage every time they perform. 

Music that they have heard throughout their lives has influenced them to carry the tradition and pay homage to favorite artists. 

“Music has flown through our veins from the beginning and so it will until the end”

Sullen Waves.

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