Friday, 5 July 2013

Wavves - That's On Me

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A few years ago it was looking increasingly as though Nathan Williams' Wavves would be a short-lived project, or even that, worse still, Nathan Williams' self-destructive behavior might lead to the band not being the only thing that was short-lived. Drug-induced breakdowns and erratic behavior are now thankfully things of the past (as far as we can tell!) and since then the band has grown in stature. There will be fans who miss those noisy early releases, but they've hardly turned into Dire Straits or anything. The San Diego group look to have a settled trio of members and keep churning out lo-fi garage/surf/punk tunes as if it was second nature.

Latest album 'Afraid Of Heights' continued the success achieved by 'King Of The Beach' before it, even becoming their biggest chart hit. New single 'That's On Me' encapsulates why. Wavves are still a resolutely independent band in terms of the music they make, and this track adheres to their DIY ethic; it's low on production but what production is there is perfect. It's also a catchy little number, from the chiming guitars that open the song through to the grungy stylings and the big chorus; the kind of chorus that many pop bands would kill for. It's been a journey and a few members have come and gone, but Wavves seem to be in exactly the right place at the moment, and another couple of albums of this standard will see that they're not quickly forgotten if and when they do call it a day, which hopefully won't be for a while.

Wavves' website

Buy the album

Catch them live:

Adelaide, AUS @ Ed Castle
Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 7:00pm in UTC+09:30
The Ed Castle, Adelaide, South Australia

Sydney, Australia @ The Standard
Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 7:00pm in UTC+10
The Standard, Sydney, Australia

SOLD OUT Byron Bay, AUS @ Splendour In The Grass
Friday, July 26, 2013 at 3:00pm in UTC+10
Byron Bay, New South Wales

SOLD OUT Melbourne, Australia @ Corner Hote
Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 8:30pm in UTC+10
Corner Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 9:00pm in EDT
Paradise Rock Club, Boston, Massachusetts

Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
Friday, August 2, 2013 at 6:00pm in EDT
Water Street Music Hall, Rochester, New York

Toronto, ON @ The Grove
Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 11:00am in EDT
Fort York, Toronto, Ontario

Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 12:00pm in CDT
Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 9:00pm in CDT
The Empty Bottle, Chicago, Illinois

Columbia, MO @ Mojo's
Monday, August 5, 2013 at 7:00pm in CDT
Mojo's, Columbia, Missouri

Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 7:00pm in MDT
Club Sound, Salt Lake City, Utah

Redmond, WA @ 107.7 The End's Summer Camp
Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 12:00pm in PDT
Marymoor Park, Redmond, Washington

Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
Friday, August 23, 2013 at 2:00pm
Bramham, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Saint-Cloud, France @ Rock en Seine
Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 2:00pm in UTC+02
Parc de Saint-Cloud

Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 2:00pm
Reading, England

Las Vegas, NV @ Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitian
Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 9:00pm in PDT
Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, Nevada

Chula Vista, CA @ 91X XFest
Friday, September 20, 2013 at 11:00am in PDT
Sleep Train Amphitheatre Chula Vista

Kansas City, MO @ 96.5 The Buzz Beach Ball
Friday, September 27, 2013 at 5:35pm in CDT
Richard L Berkely Riverfront Park, Kansas City, Missouri

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