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Wavves Crash Into Mohawk Place

Wavves newest merch. Intended for tobacco use only, of course.

Wavves are the latest band to make waves in the pop-punk arena. The lo-fi noise-noise pop band from San Diego have just released their third album, King of the Beach and they seem to be following a rather typical path. The band’s rise began over the internet after the release of Wavvves, their second album, singer Nathan Williams recently admitted to a substance abuse problem, and all of their songs are about parties and the beach. So what makes them different than any other pop punk band? Well, it all just feels really sincere. The poppy party themes on his latest album, King of the Beach, released in August on Fat Possum Records, takes on an honest tone when filtered through the 22 year-old Willams’ lonesome worldview. He never really addresses any of his personal issues directly, but the purposely messy and hazy reverb on songs like “Post Acid” reflect even hazier nights spent partying.  Like any teenager who grew up in Southern California in the late 1990’s Williams probably spent most of his time listening bands like MxPx, Green Day and Blink 182 and certainly it shines through in his music. But Williams also borrows from more contemporary artists like Washed Out and Neon Indian, mixing lo-fi white wash effects with his fast and bouncing power chords. Wavves will crash into Mohawk Place on Thursday (Sept 16). Indie rockers Arctic Death open the show.