WAVVES emerges as KING OF rocking jams i want to crank at THE BEACH

won’t you hold my hand, in my time of need, won’t you understand

♫ Wavves – King of the Beach

After being thoroughly confused as to how anyone could enjoy last year’s breakout Wavves hit “So Bored,” I am left pleasantly surprised to be really digging his new album. For the recently released King Of The Beach, Wavves’ Nathan Williams took on 2 more members and connected with a new producer who pushed the band into cleaner production waters. The result is a collection of 12 raw and rowdy rock jams that are as catchy as they are fresh. Williams’ vocals are finally audible and his voice ‘aint half bad, especially when he’s wailing over the guitar shredding, finger snapppin, head banging goodness of “King Of The Beach.” It’s the perfect soundtrack for kicking sand into nerds’ faces! (Not actually recommended.) This jam definitely belongs on TBE’s Summer In Hi-Fi mix so add it on or just replace your least favorite track! Just get it cranked!

♫ Wavves – Post Acid

Listening to the rest of the album for the 6th time I am still impressed with how much I am enjoying these tightly wound garage rock surf jams. The dude really stepped up his game! “Post Acid” and it’s super bouncy rhythm is another gem from the album that is instantly sing-along-able. Other favorites are “Take On The World” and “Green Eyes” but I generally have been listening to the whole thing straight through. With most of the the tracks clocking in under 3 minutes, King Of The Beach a brisk affair that leaves me wanting to spin it again right away. If you can find any joy in these jams then I highly recommend it! (This interview with Williams is worth a read for some of the man behind the music.) I am definitely glad that I didn’t write Wavves off and let all the good reviews talk me into giving him a second chance.

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8 replies
  1. jg
    jg says:

    I disagree. This new sound lacks the unpolished innocence that jump started his career. I’m not buying it. Nathan should dump those Reatard widowers, buy a big bag of weed, and lock himself in his parent’s basement. Back to his roots.

  2. Brandon @ TBE
    Brandon @ TBE says:

    To each their own, although I can't see why you would want him to record the same sound again. It's evolution, baby! (and I'm sure he is still knees deep in both weed and basements)

  3. jg
    jg says:

    I'm all for evolution. This sound though, from the outside, seems more influenced than evolved. Pretty catchy stuff. But not what endeared me to his work from the outset.

  4. Brandon @ TBE
    Brandon @ TBE says:

    Fair enough. I'm kinda surprised myself at how much his sound changed considering what a dedicated fuck-up he seemed to be over the past 18 months. It will be interesting to see where he goes after this.

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