Those who lived to tell the story of a Wavves show can attest that the energy of the band’s performances is unparalleled. Funnel a beer with yours AbuelaEncountering an alligator in your pool or laying your hand over the open grill flame at Samurai are far more relaxed than watching this band live.
When New times saw Wavves and Best Coast during the Tallahassee stop on the Summer Is Forever Tour in 2011, this reporter broke in half like a branch hanging for his life – and it was great.
For the uninitiated, the West Coast outfit will return to Miami for the first time in 11 years on Thursday October 14th to support its latest album. Hiding place. The last time Wavves came to Magic City was when it opened for Phoenix on October 27, 2010 to a sold-out audience. The band, consisting of front man and guitarist Nathan Williams, bassist Stephen Pope, guitarist Alex Gates and tour drummer Ross Traver, will make the brave trip across the state, playing five shows in Florida in Tallahassee, Orlando, Tampa, Gainesville and Miami.
Williams has a reputation for plunging into the crowds at the band’s shows and likely has plenty of energy to burn up during Wavves’ post-lockdown Wavves gigs.
“I expect there will be a lot of energy,” Williams says on the phone next to his dog in San Diego.
Wavves’ last live performance was on December 31, 2019.
“Some things you take for granted, you know what I mean?” Williams remembers almost two years with no shows. “Touring is tough, and I’ve been doing it eight, nine months a year for most of my life now, it seems like we have this itch and we’re ready to come back out and do it.”
Hiding placeWritten in the backyard shack of Williams ‘childhood home in San Diego in 2018, is one of Wavves’ strongest and most cathartic albums to date.
“In general, I do all of my demos there because nobody bothers me, and it’s just a convenient place to do it,” explains Williams.
An avid runner before his herniated disc, Williams says he was listening Hideouts first mixes while running.
He describes running and long distance running as “very therapeutic. It’s good to be alone with yourself sometimes. I think we do that less and less as technology advances. I still bring an Apple Watch so I can hear something while I run or walk. But even that, and if you don’t have a phone, it seems like a breakup – maybe it’s a little fake breakup. There’s something to it – I don’t know if it’s just getting your blood pumping or if it’s just out in nature or what. I can mentally tell a difference whether I have it or not. ”
In 2019, Williams turned to Dave Sitek’s television from the radio after an unsuccessful collaboration with a previous producer he’d worked with Hiding place‘s early sessions. After he and Sitek sent a few demos back and forth, the foundation for the album was laid. The nine-track LP was then recorded in Sitek’s Los Angeles home in about 12 days.
“Since the songs were being written so long before I got in there, I think I had what we were going to do in the back of my mind,” explains Williams. “In the end, it speeded up the process, which was actually nice.”
From “Hideaway” to “Thru Hell”, “The Blame” and “Planting a Garden”, the album is a cross-genre roller coaster ride of absolute blasts. Williams admits that Sitek took the reins and encouraged him to experiment with country on “The Blame” and admitted that he was nervous at first to steer the song in that direction.
“It ended up being one of my favorite songs on the record,” adds Williams. “I think it’s probably good, especially after doing this for so long, you have to do these jumps sometimes. And you won’t always hit it, but I think it’s just generally good, so you don’t keep doing the same record over and over and trying new things. ”
With the album’s rollout delayed by the pandemic, Wavves had more time to focus on the art and its symbolism. At the time, Williams was reading Greek mythology, which inspired the imagery and themes that are woven throughout Hiding place‘s album cover, accompanying music videos and possible short films. The visual trilogy, directed by Jesse Lirola and styled by Ally Hilfiger, consists of music videos for “Sinking Feeling”, “Hideaway” and “Thru Hell” with lots of Easter eggs scattered around.
“The art is so important right now,” says Williams. “When you’re trying to get a message across, the art is almost as important as the songs themselves. It’s all a common product.”
Williams also focused on Sweet Valley, his electronic side project with brother Joel Kynan, to create songs with samples and art from each episode of. to create The sopranos. Aside from series creator David Chase, no one knows more about the series than Williams. New times’ Interview with the front man quickly became one Sopranos Hour of appreciation.
“[Tony Soprano] is my all-time favorite TV character, easy, but [also] my favorite fictional character of all time. It’s really up there for me, “he says.” I’m a real nerd shit at all Sopranos Things.”
Waves. With glove. 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 14, on the ground, 34 NE 11th St., Miami; thegroundmiami.com. Tickets are $ 15 via eventbrite.com.