Wavves: ‘You’re Welcome’ & ‘Daisy’ Review

Ever since 2013’s Afraid of Heights Nathan Williams (more colloquially known as Wavves) appeared to have abandoned his fuzz punk roots, opting to flirt with the mainstream. Although the band still produced enviable, melodic indie rock, it seemed the magic of the carefree King of the Beach days had long gone. Now with the release of new cuts ‘Daisy’ and ‘You’re Welcome’, the latter being the title of forthcoming sixth studio LP, the band have ditched Warner Bros. in favour of Ghost Ramp, Williams’ own label, who expanded ‘I’d never come in contact with such a poorly run company in my life.’

‘They’re shooting at me, grinning through the teeth, not hitting a thing’ whines Williams on ‘Daisy’ in his characteristically cryptic lyrical style. The track draws from the Wavves playbook; acerbic guitars, high-pitched harmonies and allusions to the sun-kissed beaches of Los Angeles, all whilst embodying the Beach Boys’ melodic philosophies through a haze of marijuana smoke.

‘You’re Welcome’ meanwhile takes the tempo down with distorted drums and a merry-go-round-esque organ conjuring up images of tourist trap pier-based
fairgrounds with a chorus so sickly sweet it induces nausea like a particularly violent rollercoaster.

The two tracks with their layered, disjointed production more closely resemble aborted Zach Hill collaboration, Babes, than previous album V, thus signalling that the band are constructing music on their own terms and are more willing to experiment than ever before. A very exciting concept for Wavves fans indeed.

You’re Welcome’ is out May 19th on Ghost Ramp.

Wavves are set to tour America in April – See full dates below:

04-21 Amarillo, TX – Aztec Music Hall&
04-22 Rogers, AR – Wal-Mart Amphitheater&
04-23 Springfield, MO – Shrine Mosque&
04-25 Pelham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheater&
04-26 Charleston, SC – N. Charleston Coliseum&
04-27 Knoxville, TN – Civic Coliseum&
04-29 Charlotte, NC – N. Charleston Coliseum
04-30 Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle Music Hall
05-01 Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
05-02 Pensacola, FL – Pensacola Bay Center&
05-03 Tallahassee, FL – The Pavilion&
05-04 Orlando, FL – Orlando Fairgrounds&
05-05 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theater
05-07 West Palm Beach, FL – Sunfest&
05-09 New Orleans, LA – Uno Lakefront Arena&
05-10 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
05-12 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom*
05-13 Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
05-14 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg*
05-16 Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry*
05-17 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall*
05-18 Toronto, Ontario – Lee’s Palace*
05-20 Columbus, OH – The A&R Music Bar*
05-22 Indianapolis, IN – The Hi Fi*
05-23 Chicago, IL – The Bottom Lounge*
05-24 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock#
05-25 Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar#
05-27 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey#
05-28 Austin, TX – Mohawk#
05-30 Santa Fe, NM – Skylight#
05-31 Phoenix, AZ – The Pressroom#
06-01 San Diego, CA – Irenic#
06-02 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram#
06-03 San Francisco, CA – The Independent#
06-05 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile#
06-06 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre#

& with Blink-182
* with Post Animal
# with Kino Kimino

http://wavves.net/

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https://twitter.com/wavves

 

Written by: Matthew Barnard

 

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