We're trying not to take sides here, but we thought you should know that sometime after our filming of Wavves
at the Market Hotel
on Friday night, there was a bar brawl in Williamsburg. The details are unclear, but we know it involved members of Wavves
and their crew, and Jared Swilley
of the The Black Lips
. And it got bloody!
The tension began as most fights do these days, on the internet (duh). Apparently Jared said he heard Nathan Williams (of Wavves) "is a real dick" and announced it on Norwegian radio, which made its way through the web into a Pitchfork story, and you know how it is. Into the frying pan. Turn that sucker up. Brace yourselves. Nothing happened for a while, (even when the two bands crossed paths at P4K
), but Friday night the stars aligned at the ever popular Daddy's
in Brooklyn. The after party to a few great shows turned ugly, and after leaving the frying pan and entering the fire, the truth is unclear.
The blog circuit immediately began churning out statements from both camps, but as with most bar brawls, the story is different depending on who is telling it. Here are the facts: Jared came out of the fight bloody, there was a broken bottle at the scene, and Nathan was untouched. Feel free to take a side.
According to Nathan:
"Talking shit about me on the Internet is one thing, I can handle that all day but when some dude is just looking for a fight at 4 in the morning talking shit to my face and his girlfriend is spitting in the face of all my friends it's a whole different story. I have no problem wih black lips or anybody else that i havent met but jared has been at me every chance he had. I just want to play music and have fun. It was unfortunate that it escalated to that point but he got what was coming to him." [via The Daily Swarm]
According to Jared:
"First of all, I just wanna say that Wavves was NOT involved in that fight. That faggot didn't even touch me. I've never come after that kid, it wasn't four a.m., that wasn't my girlfriend, no one was spitting, and I didn't attack him. I don't give a shit about that kid and his music. What happened was, after we finished our set I went to Daddy's with some friends and saw that faggot from Wavves talking to a photographer friend of mine. The only thing I did was walk up to him and say You're that faggot from Wavves and I don't like you. He smiled a bit but didn't say anything. After that, I went outside and saw their tour manager hanging around with some guys. They started getting all chuckles with me and so I told them I wasn't gonna have it. After that, Wavves tour manager hit me square in the face with a bottle. Blood started pouring out and six dudes fucking started kicking me until I blacked out. All I remember is getting hit with the bottle and my friends dragging me to another bar. They wrapped my head up until I looked like a Confederate soldier. So yeah, I lost the fight. I also missed three flights. I've been in the airport all day having stewardesses cleaning my head because it kept cracking open. You can't go on board if you're bleeding. Bottom line is that faggot from Wavves didn't even hit me. Never touched me. And he should've, cuz he had a free shot. He's coming to Atlanta October 3rd and we're gonna get ugly on him. We're gonna destroy their van, we're gonna destroy their faces, we're gonna get crazy on em'. Nasty style." [via Buddyhead]
If we were those dudes from Wavves, we'd cancel our Atlanta dates. Because regardless of who is right, there are plenty of bad kids in Atlanta who'd love to back up their favorite band by destroying something. If Nathan is as tough as he thinks he is, then we'll see you all same time next week to discuss the aftermath.-joe puglisi
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