By Carlos Ramirez
Wavves: music with no limits
Ever since 2008, when he started recording his alluring yet unlikely blend of girl group vocal melodies and scrappy noisepop under the name Wavves, Nathan Williams has been living out of his suitcase. The young Californian’s schedule has been a dizzying whirlwind of recording, touring, and interviews, and 2010 looks to be no less chaotic. “It just generally gives you less time to devote to anything besides being on tour but I’m always trying to write as much as I can wherever I happen to be,” he laughs.
In a relatively short span of time, Wavves has become a favorite of hip tastemakers from Brooklyn to Stockholm. Pitchfork Media gave his sophomore album, 2009’s Wavvves, a glowing 8.1 out of 10 rating while Spin’s 4 out of 5 stars review gushed, “…an album exuding wall-punching energy, ugly noise, and raging nostalgia for stale bong water and sunburn.”
Williams had played in a band called Fantastic Magic that never quite broke through so the sudden success has taken him by surprise, “I’ve never been on the radar in this way and had so many people talking about the music. It’s been a very crazy experience.”
Wavves is a product of the thriving San Diego music scene. In the last few years alone, the city has given us exciting acts like The Soft Pack, Crocodiles, and Beaters. We asked Williams for his take on the local scene there and in classic indie rock fashion, he said, “It’s just like any other music scene. You grow up going to the same parties and shows and most of those people still hang out and some don’t, some people like each other and some don’t.”
Up to this point, Williams has famously kept things on the lo-fi side of the sound spectrum but his next full length release might go a different route. “I don’t want to make the same record twice. That would be boring.”