Wavves of mutilation

Wavves play sold out shows this week in Boston, Philly and NYC. (PHOTO CREDIT: Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
Wavves play sold out shows this week in Boston, Philly and NYC.
(PHOTO CREDIT: Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

Every now and then you’ll see a listing for a band you like, but the words “DJ set” will be encased in a set of parentheses after the band’s name. These two words serve as an obvious warning so you won’t be disappointed if you’re expecting the band to play their own hits live. But those two words don’t properly warn you that you may also be disappointed by the band’s DJ skills.

“It was literally a room-clearing set,” remarks Wavves singer Nathan Williams about one such stint he did in Toronto this past weekend. There is more than a trace of excitement in his voice as he recounts the gory details.

“People were booing us,” he says. “It was actually a really good DJ set, but they didn’t like it. We played Powerman 5000, Korn, Bobby McFerrin, Sugar Ray. … I think with this one in particular, they wanted us to play like Ratatat or some indie dance music, so we decided to go for an experimental set, and then we did karaoke over all of the songs.”

There’s always been a fun snottiness about Wavves and this prank is typical of Williams’ approach.

“You’ve gotta keep people on their toes,” he says.

When asked to open up about topical specifics of “Afraid of Heights,” the new Wavves album, Williams offers little insight.

“I try not to think about almost anything that I write,” he says. “I prefer it to just come out and be whatever it is, almost like stream of consciousness.”

If it sounds like he’s coming across like a punk, he is. But that’s fitting enough. And like Wavves’ music, there’s something affable about this smug punk delivery. When asked how his band are treating the live performance of the occasionally more sophisticated songs of “Afraid of Heights,” it’s telling what he shares first.

“They’re harder to play drunk,” he says.

The Coast is clear?
When asked if he thinks people will read into any relationship lyrics about his own public relationship with Best Coast singer Bethany Cosentino, Williams counters that there are no lyrics about relationships on the current album.

“People are going to think whatever they’re going to think and you can’t change that,” he says. “It doesn’t matter anyways.”


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

National

Chelsea Clinton pregnant with first child

Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child.

National

Divers struggle in search for South Korean ferry…

By Jungmin Jang and Narae KimMOKPO/JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - Rescuers struggled with strong waves and murky waters on Thursday as they searched for hundreds…

National

New Hampshire moves to decriminalize adultery

For the first time in hundreds of years, it's about to be legal to cheat on your spouse in New Hampshire.

Television

Dick Wolf to bring fictionalized world of 'Law…

A&E has ordered a pilot called "D.O.A." from "Law and Order" mastermind Dick Wolf that will focus on real detectives reexamining cold cases. A trio…

Movies

Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.

Television

Shane West talks WGN America's 'Salem'

The actor on history lessons, a new network and showing his butt.

Movies

Review: 'Fading Gigolo' finds few jokes in women…

John Turturro writes, directs and stars in "Fading Gigolo," in which he plays a prostitute whose pimp is Woody Allen. And there's still very few jokes.

NHL

Rangers draw first blood against Flyers in Game…

Brad Richards and Derek Stepan scored power-play goals 47 seconds apart to lead the Rangers to a 4-1 win.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

NFL

Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.