Wavves delivered a tight set that I for once watched from a far, not in the midst of all the chaos that takes place within a the crowd at a Wavves show. It was a sweltering hot day, but Wavves still brought out the big jams on the biggest stage that I’ve seen them play yet.
Wavves new video for “That’s On Me” is definitely gonna spark some controversy, and that’s without peta seeing it. It features a man cutting through things with a knife, including a pig. Then a bunch of cheerleaders eat some ribs. It’s strange, but it makes sense in the Wavves universe. Watch it below via Noisey.
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Wavves, FIDLAR, and Cheatahs got together Friday night to play a solid bill at Shea Stadium. All three bands praised the venue as one of the best in the city, and it’s hard to argue with them. It’s as intimate of a spot as they come, they have cheap beer, and it seems like it’s filled out by real music fans.
Cheatahs kicked things of with a set filled of heavy guitars soaked in reverb. The London band possess an ample skillset that gives them a kinetic boost while on set. They were an energetic bunch that could pull you in with a catchy melody, and then throw you in a shoe-gazy daze right when you least expect it. Definitely ones to keep an eye out for.
FIDLAR came out and immediately chaos started brewing in the young crowd. The band had a fuck you lets rock and roll approach and it was a glorious thing to see. They had nothing on their mind but drinking some beer and rocking out. They started their set with “Cheap Beer” which was just asking for it. They are a great deal of fun live and really bring the energy with a kick in the ass.
Wavves played a non-nonsense set for about 45 minutes that brought all the sugary rush of his pop-punk right in your face. As a 4-piece Wavves have succesfully found a perfect band for his sound. Playing all the goods from Afraid Of Heights as well as 2010’s King Of The Beach, there wasn’t a dull moment in the set, keeping the heads nodding and the young kids moshing. His live show is a rapid fire extension of his recorded material, so if you enjoy Wavves, you’ll have a good time at his show.
Wavves & Japandroids were up next at the Viceland party, and lets just say things got a bit rowdy. Wavves put on their usually firey set which resulted in a pretty hectic moshpit. Elbows were thrown, free beers were freely thrown everywhere. Security wasn’t too pleased and tried to get involved, which resulted in Nathan telling them to bend down and chill out. Can’t blame either side. The crowd was a bit much, but it is the type of show where you expect these sort of things to go down.
Japandroids were next and had to battle some tough issues with the sound. The band’s rough powerhouse sound was let down by flat sound that wasn’t there fault. They fought through it the best that they could and put on the best show they could. Regardless of any sound troubles, the crowd was drunk and almost as rowdy as before.
They already shared “Sail To The Sun” from the album, and now they have given us “Demon To Lean On.” Wavves really found their groove on last album King Of The Beach, and they continue to push forward. “Demon To Lean On” sees Wavves getting stronger and bolder with a devastatingly good pop-punk hook. Spending as much time as he does with Best Coast’s Bethany probably doesn’t hurt.
They will be in Brooklyn’s Glasslands on 4/11, and Shea Stadium on 4/12, with FIDLAR supporting both dates.
It will likely be much larger in sound than his previous releases (the single definitely sounds well produced) as producer John Hill produced it. It was recorded at Sonora Recorders in L.A. and Williams does a bit of growing as he tells Spin in his interview with them. Jenny Lewis contributed some vocals, and Nathan said he listened to Weezer’s Blue Album almost everyday on repeat.
It’s a good read, and will give you a lot of insight into the next album. Check it out at Spin.
Wavves has a new album coming later this year that Mom + Pop Records will release. “Sail To The Sun” is a track that he released from that album in December. It’s got Wavves written all over it with a gloriously sunny chorus that hits you over your head with big riffs.
Listen below, and hit the jump to watch the music video.