Ten tears into the Wavves project, Nathan Williams has gone from super lo-fi DIY to major-label-signed and now back to some sort of midpoint. You’re Welcome, the sixth Wavves record, is released on Williams’ own Ghostramp label, but features all the production and songwriting lessons that he’s learned along the way. Good times!
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Wavves. Remember them? Well after a lightning rise to fame, there was the inevitable public breakdown then the major label flirtation and now Nathan Williams and his lads are back on an independent (their own). Like other Wavves albums it bursts out of the starting block at a frenetic pace. If you blew up a balloon and let it go and fly around the room then this record would soundtrack it. Opener 'Daisy' feels almost straightforward when you hear what comes after. It's full of high energy surf pop with nice little hooks that keep you listening through the brattishness. The title track is more complex but still retains the hooks behind the mayhem. The first few tracks all suggest that the ridiculously compressed production complete with all kinds of vocal effects is being used to hide something more worrying but it's until 'Million Enemies' where everything starts to go wrong. This is a poor excuse for the sort of punk pop that might appear on tween-friendly US sitcoms- the vocal effects on the chorus are just ridiculous - it's like the Cars produced by Oneohtrix Point Never (which actually on paper sounds good) but in trying to squeeze as many high impact hooks into the song Williams ends up overdoing it.
Wavves have always pushed things to the limit and things are no different here. It's relentlessly fidgety and excitable which taken 30 seconds at a time sounds rather thrilling but after a while your ears are begging for them to calm down. Still if you are wanting cartoon-ish punk pop to soundtrack the flight path of a bluebottle I think you've found your album.
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