Having previously released material on the Che and Darla labels, Philadelphia-based three-piece Transient Waves emerged from within the shifting network of US 'post-rock' operators that came to prominence at the latter half of the nineties - abandoning the linear drive and dynamics of traditional rock in favour of a more diffuse, textural approach that included the use of the sampler and a shift a...
Like peers Fuxa, Labradford, Bowery Electric and numerous acts on the Kranky label, Transient Waves' sound was rooted in the drifting, disembodied textures of the processed guitar - layers of sound overlapping in a blissed-out, shimmering ambience.
Following December 1998's 'Born With A Body and Fucked In The Head' 12" (their debut FatCat release, which included remixes from Andy Weatherall and Stasis), the band released 'Sonic Narcotic' - a bold, aleatory album in early '99.
On the back of this, the band came over for a short tour of the UK and Europe. In 2000, they participated in the 'e-rmx' project, but have otherwise remained inactive.