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The Ninth Wave Announced Second Album and Release Lead Single

The Ninth Wave return with new album in 2022
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  • New album Heavy Like A Headache out March 11th
  • Limited edition vinyl available for pre-order here*
  • New single What Makes You A Man out now

Today, Glasgow’s The Ninth Wave have announced their second album, Heavy Like A Headache, which is set to be released on March 11th 2022, via Distiller Records. Partnering the album announcement, the band have also shared its lead single, What Makes You A Man, with its entrancing black and white music video – the final instalment of a trilogy directed by Rianne White. Watch and listen below.

What Makes You A Man, tackles issues surrounding consent and features vocalist Millie Kidd’s most personal and emotive lyrics to date, with a heavy, uneasy instrumental that simmers with defiance.


Speaking about the track, Millie states:

‘What Makes You A Man is as claustrophobic as it is cathartic. It’s a journey of self deprecation, and how one event can be such a throwaway meaningless action for one half but be life changing for the other. I don’t want to blame myself for the degrading actions of others anymore – I want to stand up to this shame I hold with me, and recognise that it is not mine, I’m just the one carrying it.

With the release of What Makes You A Man, The Ninth Wave put the listener in the song, where everything seems to fall over itself and nothing is in the right place at the right time. On creating that feeling, Millie continues:

It’s sleazy, it sticks your shoes to the ground like the floor of a grimy club, it’s lonely but it’s too much all at once. From the noise saxophone to the endless guitar & synth feedback, you get an idea of what the inside of my head sounds like – I wanted it to be an unfortunately relatable discomfort.

The new single and the announcement of the band’s second album, follows on from their sold out UK tour and a Scottish Album Of The Year nomination for their EP, Happy Days!. Their second, full-length, album, Heavy Like A Headache, explores feelings of grief, anxiety, anger and loneliness and follows on from the critically acclaimed debut album Infancy.

Heavy Like A Headache is available to pre-order here*.

Heavy Like A Headache tracklisting

  1. Intro
  2. Maybe You Didn’t Know
  3. Heron On The Water
  4. Interlude
  5. Hard Not To Hold You
  6. These Depopulate Hours
  7. The Morning Room
  8. Everything Will Be Fine
  9. These Depopulate Hours (Reprise)
  10. What Makes You a Man
  11. Piece and Pound Coins
  12. Heavy Like a Headache
  13. Pivotal
  14. Some
  15. Song for Leaving

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Katie Macbeth

Katie Macbeth is a freelance music journalist for Indie Is Not A Genre based out of Manchester, presenter of @drunktankthink, and post punk enthusiast.

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