Wavves is redefining punk pop.
Instead of shiny, gleaming pop songs with a few power chords, the tunes on the California punk band's latest album, “Afraid of Heights,” are like a pop song was dropped into the middle of a mosh pit and given a few dents and bruises. Rolling Stone called it “bubblegum nihilism.”
The album, which dropped this week, includes songs such as “Sail to the Sun,” which starts off with sunny bells like a Beach Boys song and quickly careens into head-bopping power chords and lyrics such as “I don't wanna, get left behind/So I tell you what I'm gonna do to get by/I'm gonna pick you up in my arms, give you all of my love.”
Wavves frontman Nathan Williams ditched record labels and paid for the album himself, even bringing on big-time pop producer John Hill, who has worked with Rihanna and M.I.A. Hill made the band work hard in the studio to achieve the record's sound.
“With this one, it was, 'Play your parts 300 times, with 300 different guitars, and 300 different amp combinations, then sit here and listen to every single one, and tell me what sounds good and why,'” Williams told Pitchfork. “It became monotonous. I'd be like, 'Do I even like this part?'”
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