you are adorable
another shot of Wavves + FIDLAR goofin around before the show at The Smell
I CAN’T EVEN
Speaking to the duo that now make up Wavves, lead singer Nathan Williams and bassist Stephen Pope, they seem completely oblivious to the ripples they’ve created in the music world and just come across as two completely normal – albeit endearingly immature – twenty-somethings from the land of LA.
They’ve just arrived back home from a 6-week tour and have earned some free time “just hanging out” before continuing their American tour and heading overseas to Japan and China.
“We just spent the afternoon playing golf and we absolutely sucked. We’re not the sportiest guys so we probably looked like idiots, but it was fun,” laughs Pope, obviously aware that people don’t associate them with such recreational activities.
The close dynamic between the bassist and Nathan Williams is palpable through the delay-ridden phone line as they finish off each other’s sentences and engage in laugh-out-loud banter, shooting off in rapid streams of consciousness that sound like a script for a Seth Rogen-starring comedy.
“There were a couple mice in our studio-” “-they were more like mutant rats-” “-and eventually we were able to catch them with our bare hands” “-then we roasted them on sticks and ate them,” they jibe, firing back and forth.
For a band whose personalities clearly mimic the uninhibited nature of their music, their career has been clouded by its fair share of controversy.
Wavves just headlined the third installment of Red Bull’s Sound Select series curated by Filter Magazine at The Echo last Friday. It was a high energy set that got the crowd jumping, moshing, and surfing right from the very start. The band seemed quite used to the commotion as they played one song after the other. Wavves has been playing continuously in support of new release Afraid Of Heights, which has been garnering great reviews, selling out venues in Los Angeles. This latest 15-song set proved the band is not ready to slow down anytime soon though and I’m sure their fans are more than happy about that.