SXSW 2013: Wavves @ Easy Tiger – SPIN House 03.15

Posted March 18, 2013 in
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Nathan Williams of Wavves belting out summer songs about green-eyed girls. Photo: Esther Merono

How was their stage presence?
So, I totally came on the Wavves band wagon way late, like, two-days-ago late, and I'm super bummed about it. Apparently they've toured through SLC quite a bit, and knowing that while watching them for the first time made me wish someone had sat me down and said, "Esther, you gotta listen to Wavves, RIGHT NOW, because it's going to become your summer soundtrack, I just KNOW it." Maybe it was the fact I was standing on concrete in direct sunlight, wearing sunglasses while everyone around me tossed about in sweaty carelessness, but I couldn't help feeling a little ecstatic for the nearing summer months while I listened to their self-depricating surf rock. They were absolutely flawless on stage, seasoned performers. Perhaps the most entertaining, however, was bassist Stephen Pope's luscious blonde/pink mane, which sometimes flew over his head in glamour shot style.

What was the best song they played?
I'm new to the band, but a quick Google search led me to my favorite song of the set: Green Eyes. It starts off slow and sensitive and turns into a sassy, sarcastic I-don't-give-a-fuck love song with crunchy guitars and a catchy chorus. Wearing cutoffs and an off-the-shoulder T-shirt under the midday sun, it was hard not to think of summer flings and green-eyed boys while I bobbed back and forth in front of the stage.

If you could see this band perform with any other musical group, who would it be?
The Ettes, hands down, just because they've got a similar, don't-give-a-fuck, garage rock vibe that also makes me think of summer road trips and sweaty skater bois.

If you could trade hair styles with one member of the band, who?
Stephen Pope, duh.

What bar would this band hang out in SLC?
Anywhere Hondo's hanging out when he's in town. Twilite? Jackalope? Some random dive bar on South Main Street? Follow Hondo and you'll find Wavves.

Nathan Williams of Wavves belting out summer songs about green-eyed girls. Photo: Esther Merono Wavves guitarist wearing a ripped T-shirt and a Bad Boys II hat. Everything about this band screams summer adventures. Photo: Esther Merono