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Thu 3 May 2012, 8:00pm–12:00am

Where: Kings Arms, 59 France St, Newton, Auckland

Restrictions: R18


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Listed by: MysteryGirl

Mystery Girl & 95bFM proudly present for one NZ show only, Wavves.

Skuzzy San Diego surf punk band Wavves will be crashing onto our shores for one show only, so don’t miss your chance to see Wavves’ frontman Nathan Williams, joined by bassist Stephen Pope (of the late Jay Retards band) drummer Jacob Cooper and guitarist Alexander Gates presenting their unique blend of distorted no-fi and refined sunshiny melodies.

Wavves was conceived in 2008 as a one man band bedroom project just after Williams, at age 21, quit his clerk job. While dividing his free time between skateboarding and writing for his hip-hop blog, Ghost Ramp, he made music using an '80s Tascam cassette recorder and Garage Band software. Due to his inexperience with the program, the result of one month's worth of bedroom recording sessions was two full albums of songs: all completely mangled by overdriven inputs. Rather than scrapping the material, he embraced the in-the-red aesthetic and started promoting the songs online. Wavves was quickly embraced and touted as "the next big thing" by Internet music critics and fellow bloggers. In purely DIY fashion Williams continuously uploaded free digital versions of his music - including two 7" singles, a cassette, and an EP - all with simple self-drawn artwork or scanned photos for cover art. Wavves' self-titled debut LP was released in 2008 and the more confusingly titled Wavvves (note the third "V") followed just after in early 2009.
“Fantastic surf-punk gems buried in a shimmering lo-fi grime” – AllMusic

(Something happened around this time involving a Spanish festival, a cocktail of drugs, a fed-up drummer and one of the most epic onstage meltdowns a band of their small size could conjure.)

In 2010, after recording a few tracks with indie drummer extraordinaire Zach Hill, Williams entered the studio with Grammy-winning producer Dennis Herring to record a straightforward and surprisingly polished album, and following the August release of King of the Beach, Wavves toured for the first time as a trio.
"The former lo-fi punk posterboy Wavves has cleaned up his act on his new album King of the Beach… Summer anthems about being a slacker and smoking weed have never been written with such convincing pep and energy." – Triple J

In September 2011 Wavves released a new EP, Life Sux. It consists of six tracks and beneficial addition of cameos from Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino and Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham. Life Sux is hands down Wavves’ best statement.

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