Despite the seasonal liberty, we’re still committed to unravelling the paper chain of new music and erecting it within eye and earshot of your face, i.e. here. With the aim of posting at least one New Ears piece minus any reference to The Smell, S.C.U.M or the Deaf Institoot, I'm proposing we consider the superb lo-fi beach noise of Wavves. Yes yes, oh yay.
Wavves is the brainchild of 22 year old, Nathan Williams from San Diego. Now and again he’ll blog about classic rap and other stuff wot he likes (here), but mostly he creates raw beach punk gems onto a four track cassette. Whilst the sound owes a debt to fellow Californians No Age’s pop-punk, his tales of young American manhood are most reminiscent of Jonathan Richman’s unaffected naivety. In other words, were they to bring back California Dreams and write it with some basis in the reality of what it’s like being a yoof in the Golden State, Wavves would be a fitting sound for the opening credits. What Sly Winkle would make of Wavves is unclear (though he’d probably try and manage the band, with subsequent zany results) but it definitely lights our lamp.
A tour of Europe starting in February 2009 has recently been announced, calling in to Manchester’s Saki Bar on 2 March with rad lo-fiers, Pens, providing the necessary supporting duties. Both bands have releases imminent through De Stijl Records, seek them here.
Wavves - 'So bored'.mp3