Let's ride the wave. Wavves
, that is. V
, the fifth (duh) studio album from California-natives Wavves, has been highly anticipated from front-man Nathan Williams working on his many side-projects, to the controversy between Wavves (mainly Williams) and their label, Warner Bros. records. Despite some of the mess, V
is here, and it truly is a tidal wave. Okay I'm done, with the wave puns.
is a wretched web of emotionality, forlorn feelings, possible depression, and an outside-looking-in viewpoint. But it kicks some serious ass. The juxtaposition of these burdened lyrics with Wavves' typical sun-shining surf-rock is a listener's wet dream. This album is for the days you wake up drunk from the night before and you keep going because you hate yourself...although, hopefully not too many of us feel that way.
From start to finish, this is Wavves' most definitive venture. They narrowed the scope, trimmed some of the fat, and came out with something that's delectable. Their first single "Way Too Much" drew some hot attention when Williams posted the song before its official release on the band's SoundCloud. That heat came from the fans, who loved it, and Warner Bros. Records, who didn't quite feel for the teaser. There were some words exchanged back and forth between Williams and Warner Bros. on Twitter mainly just Williams flaring his temperamental nature with tweets like "it's nauseating tbh I spend 365 days a year in a studio making songs and ppl at warner think they are gonna call the shots on my art" so the song was eventually pulled, but it was a good inside look to what the record would be like. On "Pony," the repetition of "it gets better" gives the listener some hope that maybe the cooing chants in the background (of the song) just might be for them to make it through the day. But here's that contrast again: "All The Same" cries out through the driving rhythm "I lost my mind today in the rain." This simple line is so crafty, and oh so relatable that it's easy to put yourself back to that one stormy day where with a full clich, a bus drove by a puddle, splashing you and soaking the front of your clothes. On "My Head Hurts," we feel more of that rain-down-on-me attitude, the chorus almost begging to be heard, moaning (with a really catchy melody I might add) "My head hurts, and without you it's worse." Thinking about your ex yet? Maybe you should. This album is inspired by personal break ups in the band. We see more of these useless, wallflower feelings in "Tarantula" when Williams speaks to our inner corner-of-the-room psyche: "Try not to speak, try to have fun. Try not to ruin it for everyone." Melancholy at its finest.
sounds like those nights where you're fidgeting throughout your house, unable to sleep and eating Cinnamon Toast Crunch at 3 AM, watching re-runs of old Nicktoons; which is somewhere we've all been [Ed. Note: Rocko's Modern Life
for me]. Musically, Wavves are more on point than ever. They are tight, together, and titillating. It's everything you wanted from them, and all the stuff you didn't expect. The last track is entitled "Cry Baby," and I know that's probably how you feel after reading some of the depressing things I've compared this album to, but once you listen, Wavves will have dried away your wave of tears. And I PROMISE that was the last one.
And be sure to watch our exclusive concert with the band below.