The Outsiders: Vol. 23

Not all of Stereogum’s favorite sounds conform to what folks expect us to cover. In this space, resident Bananafish fetishist Brandon Stosuy focuses on bands, albums, singles, and villages in Sweden that may otherwise pass by unnoticed. This installment’s virtual milk crate contains Wavves.

In the past couple of Outsiders I’ve focused on underground legendary figures/bands Harry Pussy and No Neck Blues Band alongside newer blood. This week I’m giving the entire spotlight to Wavves, the one-man project of 22-year-old San Diego-based Nathan Williams partly because he makes fuzzy, loopy 4-track bedroom skate-punk/noise-pop, but also because he seems like he’s ready to explode from the starter gate with two upcoming records and a groundswell of buzz (and his own knack for melody, the current fascination with DIY culture, etc). Wavves could easily be discounted as No Age Jr., but when you spend time with his songs, they develop a very different, more insular feeling. It’s music that might have stayed “outside” even a couple of years ago, but at this point, you can already tell it’s on a “new big thing” verge. That’s why I have him here: It’s interesting how collective ears have toughened up (a bit).



He has two albums coming out, a self-titled release by Woodsist (out now) and Wavvves via De Stijl (due 2/3). Wavves is a bit noisier, but also somehow more composed (as a whole). He’s fond of the sun, beaches (waves), youthful angst (a la Wavves excellent “No Hope Kids” and “So Bored”) and songs with “goth” in the title (see “California Goth,” “Summer Goth,” “Goth Girls,” “Surf Goth”). He mixes tripped excursions between his brief pop blasts Reading Williams’s list of influences before you listen is actually helpful. Kind of like reading the label of wine and then sensing the different accents you might have missed.

BEACH BOYS, SONIC YOUTH, WIPERS, NIRVANA, MARY WELLS, TEENAGE JESUS AND THE JERKS, BAD BRAINS, THE SHANGRI-LIS, MY BLOODY VALENTINE, METAL URBAIN, DINOSAUR JR, BEATLES, THE MARVELETTES, HUSKER DU, BLACK FLAG, DORIS PAYNE, BEAT HAPPENING, CRASS, LESLEY GORE, THE CLASH, RAMONES, PAVEMENT, JESUS & MARY CHAIN

What’s more important is what he does with it. “California Goth” comes from the Woodist collection. Its tempo kicks like blown-out Can.

Wavves – “California Goth” (MP3)

“So Bored” and its catchy, snotty teenage ennui comes from Wavvves:

Wavves – “So Bored” (MP3)

Listen to Wavves in tandem with Blank Dogs (who has a new release on Woodsist, too) and Cold Cave.

The self-titled collection is out now via Woodsist. Wavvves (note the extra “v”) is out 2/3 via De Stijl. You can get more at his MySpace and his blog, which is worth checking out even if you’re not into his music.

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