Wavves is essentially a one-man project. Williams writes the songs in his bedroom then goes down to record them in his garage, though for the purposes of touring he’s enlisted friend Ryan Ulsh to play drums. On record the tracks are a barrage of Sonic Youthesque noise, behind which lurk poppy chord progressions and the same hint of a (surf) party suggested by The Soft Pack or Vivian Girls. Live, those poppy guitars are more on the surface. “It is a lot cleaner. But the bones - the structure of the song and the sound - still all come through. I feel like somebody who liked the record would still like the live show. It’s like its step-brother or something; it’s not its identical twin.”


Nathan Williams


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