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Wavves Starts U.S. Tour

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By: Eric Steingold
August 2, 2010

Wavves are back with a new record, and a tour that is going to commence in less than a week. But one thing is for certain: this punk rock outfit still just doesn’t give a fuck.

The garage band trio are venturing out from their comfortable California surroundings and venturing out into the beautiful United States for a gigantic two and half month tour in support of their second record, the wonderful King of the Beach.

The term “trio” is of course used in a loose sense, because the group, and the pseudonym “Wavves” truly only belongs to guitarist Nathan Williams. The other members are bassist Stephen Pope and drummer Billy Hayes, who are fixtures in the live setting. On Williams’ eponymous first record, he preferred to work alone, favoring the lo-fi styling that he is now known for. At this point, it would be disconcerting to hear a cleanly recorded record from Wavves. That is why it was so surprising to hear that *King of the Beach *was going to be produced by studio perfectionist Dennis Herring. But, what came out was something visceral – a record that rollicks up and without ever loosening it’s grip until the album’s beautifully dissonant fadeout.

The two albums that Williams has turned in thus far – albums which pulsate with Williams’ difficulty to please himself, and which use noise rock as its canvas unto which to paint Wavves’ aversive and at times, ironic picture - pretty much imply that these upcoming shows will further showcase this songwriter’s impudence. He certainly is aware of his flaws – he simply doesn’t care to fix them. This is what makes his songs take on such a searing presence, a characteristic that will undoubtedly transfer into the live show.


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08-02 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
08-06 Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08-07 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
08-12 San Diego, CA - Museum of Contemporary Art
08-13 Pomona, CA - The Glass House
08-14 Portland, OR - Berbati's Pan
08-16 Santa Barbara, CA - Soho
08-17 Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place
08-18 San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
08-25 Seattle, WA - Neumos
08-26 Vancouver, British Columbia - Biltmore
08-27 Victoria, British Columbia - Sugar
08-30 Sacramento, CA - Sol Collective
08-31 Visalia, CA - Howie and Sons Pizza
09-04 Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
09-10 Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Cafe
09-11 St. Louis, MO - Billiken Club
09-14 Bloomington, IN - Rhinos
09-15 Columbus, OH - Skully's
09-16 Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
09-17 Northampton, MA - Pearl Street Nightclub
09-18 Waltham, MA - Brandeis University
09-20 Providence, RI - Met Cafe
09-24 Kingston, NY - 323 Wall Street
09-25 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
09-27 Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
09-28 Greensboro, NC - Guilford College
09-29 Charlotte, NC - Milestone
09-30 Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
10-01 Nashville, TN - Exit / In
10-02 Oxford, MS - Proud Larrys
10-20 New York, NY - Madison Square Garden


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