Wavves / King Of The Beach

King Of The BeachWavves (pronounced /weɪvz/) are a lo-fi/punk/noise pop band based in San Diego, California. They are currently signed to Fat Possum Records.

Wavves released their self-titled debut album in 2008, subsequently drawing the attention of Pitchfork Media.[1][2] At the time, the band consisted of guitarist Nathan Williams and drummer Ryan Ulsh.

Their second full-length album, Wavvves, was released on February 3, 2009,[3]and was well-received by outlets such as Spin,[4] The Onion A.V. Club,[5] and Pitchfork.[6]

Singer Nathan Williams experienced a public breakdown as the band was unable to complete their set at the 2009 Barcelona Primavera Sound Festival.[7] Williams, who admitted he’d taken a cocktail of ecstasy and Valium, fought with drummer Ryan Ulsh and insulted the Spanish crowd, who then pelted him with bottles and a shoe. Apologizing for their performance, Williams admitted the next day that he was addicted to alcohol. As a result, the band canceled the remainder of their European tour.[8] Zach Hill, for the interim, from Hella replaced Ryan Ulsh as the drummer for Wavves when Ulsh quit the band. Two members formerly of the late Jay Reatard‘s band, drummer Billy Hayes and bassist Stephen Pope, joined Wavves in November 2009. [9] Williams also reported that an album featuring Zach Hill on drums is to be expected towards the end of 2010 along with a possible EP featuring Hayes and Pope. [10]

In fact, the third Wavves album, entitled King of the Beach, was released on August 3, 2010, by Fat Possum Records, and features the latest lineup of Nathan Williams, Billy Hayes, and Stephen Pope. The majority of the songs are written by Williams, with Pope contributing one song and Hayes contributing two. The album was again critically acclaimed, receiving positive reviews from the likes of Paste Magazine,[11] Dusted Magazine,[12] and The Onion’s A.V. Club.[13] The album received an average of 74 out of 100 on Metacritic,[14] based on 26 critics reviews.

In support of King of the Beach, Wavves has scheduled tour dates throughout North America beginning on August 2, 2010, culminating in a handful of shows opening for Phoenix and playing Austin, Texas‘s Fun Fun Fun Fest.

King Of The Beach—-This is a nice catchy combination of bright and shocking Beach Rock with a huge slice of Pop Punk thrown in between the slices of the bread. The vocal is a bit abrasive…not nearly as pretty as many of the surf/beach bands that have permeated Alt-rock as of late. What is remarkable is the contagious hook of the song, the sometimes spacy guitars and the remarkable surf styled bass lines that run underneath everything. this is pretty remarkable!

Super Soaker—-Gosh….this is pretty wonderful. The retro style of the guitar delivery is enough to group this with the best of the beach bands…the remarkable fuzzy delivery also ranks them right up there with most of the pristine innovative Alt rock bands on the music scene. The underlying feel of the song has a nice throw back sound…there are elements of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s etc…all rolled into three minutes of pure joy…I love this stuff!!!!!

Idiot—-Beginning with a rather maniacal laugh track, the song opens up with a retro sound that is just incredible…this is stand out track for me. I love the old sound of the song…reminding me of the more raucous sounds of The Beach Boys…this is self-effacing and hilarious, but delivered with a pop hook that you can’t get out of your brain. I am amazed at the talent of this band…this is incredible…noisy and beautiful.

When Will You Come—-This is wonderful…beginning with a nice heavy bass sound, some remarkable sleigh bell sounds and a vocal that is so removed it sounds like it was recorded in a different room, the song takes on the shape of a classic 60’s surf pop song that would have been huge in that decade. This is both innovative and beautifully retro…I love this new batch of music we have been treated to as of late…this pleases in every way. Genius!

Post Acid—-Indeed!!! This is a noisy, grungy guitar layered pop track that manages to get the point across in an incredible way. this is contagious, addictive and damn pleasant. even though the instrumentation can be abrasive, it is never at the point of obscurity or leaving you feeling irritated…this is remarkable….I love this band…time to investigate further!!!!

Take On The World—-This is another of those tracks that you are almost convinced was recorded at a different time and place. This has such a retro feel, but manages to stay relevant with the underlying guitar fuzz that runs through the entire song. The vocal sounds muted…but in a pleasant and retro way…this is masterful Beach Pop with a twist…sounding fresh, sounding old…but always relevant.

Baseball Cards—-This sounds like a huge mash-up of The Beach Boys, Jan And Dean and The Shirelles all coming together on a hazy Sunday afternoon and smoking dope and taking acid. This is a trip..a journey and an education. I love this lazy, breezy, trippy experience. A favorite of mine!!!!

Convertible Balloon—-The title of the song alone leaves you dumbfounded before the music even begins!!!! For me this is a trippy and fun little song that is nice to play when you are really fucked up but holds no real value outside of that. The vocal is pretty awesome…at times sounding like someone was sucking up helium…all in all this is nice, but not really a standout.

Green Eyes—-This is wonderful!!!! I love the vocal…this is full of that classic 60’s sound that bands like The Stone Roses managed to capture so well in the 90’s. This has a nice rhythmic instrumental track…the vocal is straight forward and delivered without effects or drama…this is pure pop mastery that should be heard by everyone in the universe….brilliant!!!

Mickey Mouse—-Wow….again!!!! This enters your headphones with huge layered sounds that remind you ALMOST of faux bagpipes….the vocal is recorded in a tunnel…just removed enough to be present but allowing the remarkable musical track to be the true star of the show. I waited a long time to get this CD…not wanting to give into chart pressure….I’m sorry for that…this is freakin’ brilliant!!!!!

Linus Spacehead—-Perhaps, for me, one of the catchiest and most accessible songs on this release, this is pure pleasant pop with huge vivid lyrics and interesting doo-wop style vocals that give you a really bright sunny feel. I have no words to describe to you the number of goosebumps that erupt across my body when I hear this song…this is well though out, masterfully delivered music that will be in my rotation list for a long, long time!!!!

Baby Say Goodbye—-Ending this release is a sad occasion for me…I have enjoyed every single moment of this CD. The introduction of a female vocal on this track really gives the song a nice throw back sound…this is remarkably poppy and full of all the sounds that made the 60’s pop scene so addictive…I am thinking I really need to investigate some of the stuff from that era…being born in 64, I missed out on a lot…time to go back and revisit some of this remarkable doo-wop stuff.

***** out of 5 [!!!!!]


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