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Wavves

Wavves: WavvvesWavvves (2009)
Fat Possum Records

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: conblakeconblake
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Wavves is Nathan Williams, an LA punk-indie dude who specializes in grimy, distorted SoCal punk. Fuck Bad Religion--this album is better than most of their records, bringing in ambient noise and bizarre acoustics, but also old-fashioned pop-punk with "ahh"s and "ooh"s. Wavves is one of the best punk.
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Wavves is Nathan Williams, an LA punk-indie dude who specializes in grimy, distorted SoCal punk. Fuck Bad Religion--this album is better than most of their records, bringing in ambient noise and bizarre acoustics, but also old-fashioned pop-punk with "ahh"s and "ooh"s. Wavves is one of the best punk bands out there; don't anyone tell you different.

Much of the album definitely carries that Agent Orange/surf punk tradition. His vocals are as maleovent as Mike Palm, and his voice makes the choruses and poppy sound much more sinister. It's the sound of a hateful suburban shit recording while recalling his high school days, a mixture of bong-smoking, weird music, and being stranded in American wasteland. In other words, punk rock. His lyrics are bitter, gleeful, and strangely defiant: "Look forward to the sun, the sun, the sun... You see me, I don't care"; "No hope kids are broke"; "I'm getting high to pass the time"... This is one fucked-up kid.

Anyway, this is Wavves. A garage punk geek with no other interests other than snot-nosing through catchy, lo-fi punk. As we all should have.

 

 
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slowstupidhungry (July 8, 2010)

"Revenge Therapy: I don't like Bad Religion or NOFX (or at least I prefer Br's first two albums), mostly cause their formula is kind of boring and really boxed punk into a corner of pop it didn't have to be in"

Even when those bands were big, there was a lot of stuff going on in punk besides the bands that ripped them off. And I don't even like NOFX past their nardcore stuff... I just think you're giving them too much credit. Instead of propping up some other douche to replace the Bad Religion/NOFX douches, you should just like whatever you want and ignore all the scenester implications.

nocigar (July 7, 2010)

Also, those lyrics are shitty.

nocigar (July 7, 2010)

I haven't heard this, or anything this guy has done, but holy fuck..is the reviewer this dudes best friend? talk about fanboy, that first paragraph wreaks of it.

NotPatriotic (July 7, 2010)

"Look forward to the sun, the sun, the sun... You see me, I don't care"; "No hope kids are broke"; "I'm getting high to pass the time"... This is one fucked-up kid.

Those lyrics are FUCKED!!!! This kid is FUCKED!!!!

elephantdwarf (July 6, 2010)

Dude is such a little douche. And makes some terrible, pitchfork hype induced crap music on top of it.

Misanthropee (July 6, 2010)

Like it to an extent, but I REALLY don't get the hype. At all.

regreteverything (July 6, 2010)

"Interesting and diverse"? Like aping early/mid 80's southern California skate/surf ennui?

conblake (July 6, 2010)

Revenge Therapy: I don't like Bad Religion or NOFX (or at least I prefer Br's first two albums), mostly cause their formula is kind of boring and really boxed punk into a corner of pop it didn't have to be in. I also don't like Fat Mike's irritating stronghold on punk culture. I feel like bands like Wavves and th Thermals are great cause theyre doing something more interesting and diverse.

R3vengeTherapy (July 6, 2010)

Fuck Bad Religion--this album is better than most of their records

Considering they have barely a thing in common, this comment just makes you look stupid. So edgy!

I like King of the Beach.

Spooky (July 6, 2010)

I second the King of The Beach comment. That album is pretty fucking awesome..

noah (July 6, 2010)

this review is a year late...

Douglas_is_rad (July 6, 2010)

Jesus fucking christ why won't he just fade into obscurity like he's destined to do. There are 100 bands who do this exact same shtick without the obscenely boring whiny lyrics.

scorpiondeathlock (July 6, 2010)

ive been trying to hate this band for 2 years but i just got king of the beach and its admittedly awesome

xIxKilledxJesusx (July 6, 2010)

isnt he from San Diego and not LA?

either way I love this, and I think the shittalk on this guy is hilarious

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