Wavves Brought The Mosh-Pits to Austin, Texas THOUGHTS+PHOTOS: WAVVES @ BANGER'S | SXSW 3/15/18
AUSTIN, TX- For most of our SXSW artist coverage, we’ll keep it relatively short and sweet. We have over 80 artists to cover, so cut us some slack! 😉 We’ll basically be formatting each post into two parts: (1) Why our contributor wanted to see this act and (2) what our contributor thought of the performance”. Easy peasy. If you want to learn more about the act, make sure you click through to their social media links to get in the know. You won’t be disappointed!
Why I Wanted To See Wavves: Coming into SXSW I was looking forward to catching a variety of music genres. Up to that point in the week I’d seen a bunch of indie bands, alternative acts, some electronic ones as well, but I hadn’t experienced a real rock performance yet. The night session of day four of the festival was planned out at a Stubhub showcase which included the band Wavves from California. I hadn’t heard much about them coming in, but when the took the stage and began their set, I had finally found that rock performance I was looking for.
What I Thought Of Wavve’s Performance: Not knowing much about the group, I didn’t even have a guess as to what style of music Wavves was about to perform. When the four-person band led by Nathan Williams, arrived to the stage, the collection of instruments (drums, bass guitar, and two electric guitars) suggested another indie performance. Instead, these guys rocked the fuck out.
I’m fairly certain they cranked the volume of the speakers to 1000 because I felt the sound waves pulsate through my body. Williams’s energy and passion on the guitar radiated throughout the set but he may have been outdone by the bassist Stephen Pope. Donning long-blonde curly hair and sporting a v-shape bass guitar, Pope epitomized the rock and roll music that Wavves brought to Austin, Texas that evening. He’d jump around the stage flipping his wild hair, shifting the focus onto himself the majority of the time, and the crowd seemed to love it.
In fact, the crowd was loving the show so much they started multiple mosh pits and raged their hearts out. I thought Wavves really brought a style of music you don’t get to hear nowadays. They recently released a new single called “All Star Goth” and it’s exactly what you would expect: loud.
— Mike Golembo (@tweetlembo) May 26, 2018