Band to bring down-tempos, dynamic doom to Chico


(Waning) promotional photo. Photo courtesy of Danny Ensele

A night of ambient heavy music will be unleashed on March 12 at 1078 Gallery as Sacramento’s experimental-drone powerhouse (Waning) eclipses the stage alongside Oakland’s TVSK and Chico locals, RedSky.

Get ready for some sludgy down-tempos and dynamic doom.

“We’re heavy but also very spacey,” said Jim Willig, (Waning) guitarist and vocalist, in a recent phone interview. “We’ve incorporated a lot of melody and different dynamics, so there’s a lot of peaks and valleys.”

“The Funeral Mountains,” released in 2014, was their first concept record released with the Sacramento label Buriedinhell Records.

Exploring the many elements of being an eccentric sound in the vast Sacramento music community, (Waning) converges atmosphere and chaos, uses darkness and light, and syndicates dissonance and melody. “The Funeral Mountains” is the culmination and musical illustration of precisely that.

After meeting in college (and after sparking a romantic relationship), Willig and keyboardist/vocalist Susan Hunt decided they wanted to start a musical project consisting of the influences of bands such as Isis and the doom powerhouse Neurosis.

The two released several albums but discovered that performing as a duo wasn’t allowing expression of their fullest potential musically. They decided to expand the band, changing members and evolving into a growing force that had no set sound or expectations.

With the current lineup of Ian Black on bass guitar and vocals, and Benjamin Carpentina on drums, the quartet has been musically and cinematically crushing every stage they perform on. With the additional members, (Waning)’s sounds has expanded the perimeters of typical sludge and doom metal genre.

(Waning) performs in Sacramento, rocking out as hard as they can. Photo source: (Waning) Facebook page.

For the group, inspiration still comes from the usual doom metal groups, but collaboratively and collectively, creativity comes from bands you wouldn’t expect to add the unique ambiance of (Waning). These include The Cure, The Melvins and Pink Floyd.

“All of us grew up listening to a fair amount of Pink Floyd,” Willig said. “They can be heard all over our set.”

(Waning) has played in cities up and down the West Coast and Pacific Northwest. This March marks their second time delivering their unique sound to the Chico music scene.

“We haven’t done a lot of out-of-town shows for the past few years and we are very excited to be coming to Chico,” Willig said. “It’s a fun city.”

So If you’re walking by The Winchester Goose, stumbling down Salem Street, or getting an organic snack from the Chico Natural Foods Cooperative, also known as Chico Co-op, stop into 1078 Gallery on Saturday night for a show absent of scarves and acoustic guitars.

Let there be doom, or in this case, metal.

(Waning), TVSK and RedSky will be playing at 1078 Gallery on Saturday, March 12. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7 at the door. Visit for more information.

Matthew Manfredi can be reached at [email protected] or @matthewmanfredi on Twitter.