Bad thing? Not necessarily. If you’ve followed the career or albums of Wavves, the live act is pretty consistent with what you’d probably expect from Nathan Williams and crew. The stoner/skate-punk side of the band was in full-force, but there’s also a lovable loser attitude of the band that drew a full-capacity crowd ready to tear the place up. And to Wavves’ full credit, they tore through a set that unleashed the wildest crowd I’ve ever seen at that venue.
More pics and notes after the jump:
-Right after final soundcheck (epitomized by Williams asking the venue to just turn his guitar all the way up), the band began with some 9-11 talk and then decided to smoke a joint in remembrance instead of starting the show. To most of our confusion, they actually did. The also completely forgot about their guitars. A crowd member had to go up on stage to move the guitar to end the feedback.
-Second time I’ve been mistaken for Todd Owyoung.
-I completely lucked out and ended up having possibly the best seat in the house. Sitting on top of a massive amp stage left. Once the show started, the front crowd got WILD. People were getting shoved onto the stage and into the monitors. Some poor girls up front were just constantly bracing themselves so they wouldn’t get shoved on stage. Supposedly, a crowd surfer almost kicked out a light. Sitting on the safety of my amp, I felt like a castaway on a raft in an ocean storm. Credit to the venue staff for letting the crowd have fun but stepping in eventually to keep it from getting too crazy.
-Diana Benanti and Jon Gitchoff bring the journalistic skills here in their RFT A to Z recap.
-One bad thing about how close I was? Getting sprinkled with sweat from the bassist’s hair every now and then.
-Did you read our review of King of the Beach? I rather liked it.