These things come and go in … wait, what are those things?

The California sun makes everyone blurry with joy

The California sun makes everyone blurry with joy

Nathan Williams has every reason to celebrate good times on the week preceding his second album release. His project, Wavves, has received mentions from media outlets like Rolling Stone and Paste. His May 25 tour stop will land him in Barcelona. All music communities love to anoint new chosen ones and wunderkinds every season, and Williams has easily snagged the coveted title of the low-fi darling poised for the high life.

Do I sound a little dismissive? It’s not the quality of the music. I like Wavves’ work so far. The presence of Southern California is undeniable, with the treble call of surf rock guitar and drums all a’go go. The album would be totally in place while skateboarding at a park or tearing down a freeway with all the windows open or around a bonfire at the beach. The sound is loud and energetic and a little messy. Fun, for sure.

But misspelled words make my skin twitch! The former writing tutor in me wants to come after all of Wavves’ promotional material with a red pen. Let’s test to find out if this is just a personal grudge gone out of hand or a true naming misfire:

The Hivves

The Dovves

The Lovve Langggguaagggge

Stupid, right? I read that Williams named his project after a forty-foot high cliff in San Diego that he jumped from one night. Maybe it’s different in practice, but that sounds stupid, too. It’s easy to overlook with respect to the music, but I have a hard time with this double V action. Even talking about it sounds yucky.

Wavves will play at Holocene on Friday, April 10. Maus Haus, Eat Skull, Vampire Hands, and Wooden Ships will also play.

  • Wavves ~ Wavves ~ Fat Possum

Gun in the Sun

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1 Response to “These things come and go in … wait, what are those things?”


  1. 1 solitaryartcollective April 9, 2009 at 6:28 AM

    “I read that Williams named his project after a forty-foot high cliff in San Diego that he jumped from one night. Maybe it’s different in practice, but that sounds stupid, too.”

    Classic. I agree.


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