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Wavves built nail-biting anticipation as they fought over dribbling a green & yellow basketball while tuning their instruments. They kicked off their set with "Idiot" and "King of the Beach" to illicit immediate sing-alongs from the crowd. Bassist, Steven Pope, proved to be the most charming untamed beast you can lay your eyes upon, whipping his golden curly locks as hard as he shreds, throwing in a maniacal smile and tongue wags. Its no wonder he was front and center. Nathan Williams didn't offer much banter but his onlookers were so mesmerized by being within breathing distance that shying behind his long bangs hardly affected the momentum. One thing is for sure, where the recordings may fall flat, the live performance picks up and chucks like a pro pitcher. Williams' untreated vocals are hardly ear-piercing and rather captivating, likely due to the overall genuine passion shared by the entire band.
Bottom line, aside from all the hair-pulling, crowd leaning, and fancy dance moves (this is all just the band, mind you), a live performance from Wavves transforms their sound from plain ol' stoner surf jams to intricate, intimate, and sincere music. The phantom rhythm guitarist pulled out riffs you never hear in the recordings, layering on top of rest of the instruments to make for a full sound that is embellished with unexpected and very welcomed grungy nuances. The 14-track set included songs off of the new release Afraid of Heights like "Beat Me Up" but also old favorites, "Bug" and "Super Soaker".