As the saying goes, there's no such thing as bad press, and Nathan Williams, the guitarist/vocalist behind San Diego's noise-pop duo Wavves, has learned it's true. After an onstage temper tantrum at the Primavera Sound Fest in Barcelona last May, Williams became the man that bloggers love to hate. He even took a public lashing from Black Lips singer/bassist Jared Swilley, who suggested he stop playing music altogether.
It has legitimately helped," Williams humbly admits regarding the criticism. "I'm new to this, so it's a trip to see how these things work."
Williams' hissy fit caught the music world's eye, but his sloppy California pop melodies and distorted coos have kept people's attention. He is by no means a virtuoso, but his songs are fun, hypermanic, no wave dust devils that unwind in loose, chaotic motion, usually alongside drummer Ryan Ulsh (who will play with Wavves in Atlanta), or more recently Zach Hill of Hella.
Wavves "Cool Jumper" mp3
(Photo courtesy Shore Fire Media)
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