Wavves – Tickets – College Street Music Hall. – New Haven, CT – October 3rd, 2015


Manic Productions, WQAQ 98.1 FM, and Premier Concerts Present:


Twin Peaks, Steep Leans

Sat, October 3, 2015

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


This event is all ages

With their fifth studio album, V, on it's way, Wavves is sharing the anthemic single "Heavy Metal Detox." Aided by producer Woody Jackson, V is the band's most infectious record to date. It also marks an evolution in Wavves' songwriting as permanent band members Stephen Pope and Alex Gates shared writing duties with longtime Wavves-frontman Nathan Williams. Although recorded in a professional studio for the first time in the band's history, the DIY energy that originally drew fans to Wavves and launched Williams' renowned career is present throughout V. With a loyal fan base and less external pressures, it's clear that these guys are having more fun than ever and are consequentially creating the best music of the band's career. The record is due out October 2nd through Ghost Ramp / Warner Bros. Records and the band is set to embark on a string of tour dates running through September and October.

Inspired by their personal experiences with agoraphobia, sleepwalking, teeth grinding, time wasting, night terrors, toxic relationships, Web MD, and fucking up while trying to be better people, Wavves' fifth full length studio album V sees the fuzzy LA noise pop outfit move into more mature, slightly hopeful territory, as they recognize that the momentary nihilism caused by their wicked hangover will soon end, thereby creating room for more and hopefully less wicked hangovers. "It's not happy music, not at all," singer Nathan Williams assures, "but it's inspired by learning to be happy about the shittiest lows, trying to express a realistic optimism in the knowledge that nothing is ever going to be perfect, and there will always be some fucked up shit in your life...but you can have a positive outlook on it, if you want." Hook-heavy and scrappy as ever, V is watershed album for Wavves on both a personal and musical level, wearing its bruised -- but humbled -- heart very much on its sleeve.

Featuring the previously released "Way Too Much" and "Flamezesz", the 11-track LP was recorded in Los Angeles with the help of producer Woody Jackson (Daniel Johnston, Primal Scream, Tenacious D, Money Mark and Beck), who took the band's trademark distorted no-fi into crisper, even more visceral territory while still remaining true to their 90s influenced roots, which stem back to 2008 when Williams created two albums' worth of work using '80s Tascam cassette recorder and Garage Band software. The last seven years saw Wavves grow from bedroom experiment into Billboard Top 100 ranking four piece featuring Alex Gates (guitar, backing vocals), Stephen Pope (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Brian Hill (drums), all of whom contributed to the writing of V, which is set for an October 2nd release through Ghost Ramp/Warner Bros. V marks the high point in an exceptionally busy year for the band-2015 has seen an LP collaboration with Cloud Nothings' Dylan Baldi, a GZA collab with Williams' side project Sweet Valley called "Planetary Energy", and releases by Courtney Love and Spirit Club (his side project with brother Joel Williams and Jeans Wilder) on Williams' Ghost Ramp label.

The band's first solo album since 2013's Afraid of Heights, the songs on V were inspired by a dark and epic Waiting for Godot-esque idle stretch of around eight months that occurred in between the end of the Afraid of Heights tour and the recording of V. Caught in a creative and emotional stasis, the band had "way too much time on their hands", leading to the kind of bored, compulsive partying that was no longer about having fun, but about "just drinking, straight drinking," with 100 beers and two bottles of Jameson the per night band norm. Bassist Stephen Pope developed a mild agoraphobia, and became scared to leave his bedroom. "I would order pizza almost everyday and hide in my room and pee in a bottle like in 'The Aviator'".

Williams tried to cut back on his drug and alcohol consumption, but fewer beers per day resulted in night terrors, as he adjusted to not being drunk every night. "I get a two day hangover if I do drugs now, and you have to think 'is this worth it?' I feel like that romanticized druggie alcoholism lifestyle is a sham." Then came the paranoia about his health. "You can just ruin your own life by spending too much time on Web MD, convincing yourself you have cancer," he said.

On top of all that, he was going through a breakup-no surprise, failed relationships are a major theme on the record. The song Heart Attack, for instance, is about "doing anything for a girl, making decisions that you probably wouldn't normally make in an almost masochistic way. It's like putting yourself in harm's way, which I tend to do physically and emotionally. Sometimes that means I find it hard to think the best of people, although I am softening more over time." All The Same is about a loose series of negative events that occurred in Williams' life and acknowledging that sometimes "shit doesn't work out, but in the end the people that you love around you are what's the important part". Pony's chorus, "it gets better and better", reiterates the 'light at the end of the tunnel' narrative that emerges, perhaps for the first time in Wavves career, in V.

By the time they got into the studio, the band members had gone through so much personal upheaval that it was a relief to start working again. The energy of the sessions was "a lot lighter and not as drunk" as on prior records, as V became something of a conduit for the kinds of feels that they wouldn't usually feel comfortable talking about. The album artwork -- the five of cups, the Tarot card of greatest loss -- sums it up, the cloaked figure mourning the three spilled cups, while two are still full behind him. The message is clear: don't cry over spilled beer, because there are two more right behind you. "We've never talked about this stuff in front of each other, outside the music," admits Williams. "'Cause guys are afraid to talk. It's not like we say "Dude, I'm feeling sad today." You know? That's lame, dude."
Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks
Don’t bother asking Twin Peaks about the deeper meaning of their band name. They simply thought it sounded cool, which explains why their second album Wild Onion (out August 5th on The Grand Jury) isn’t as spooky or surreal as David Lynch’s short-lived TV show. It’s more like a modern day Nuggets, with Ty Segall, Black Lips and Thee Oh Sees curating instead of Lenny Kaye. Not literally, of course. But the spirit of those garage demigods is alive and well alongside subtle nods to everything from the Pixies and Tame Impala to the godfathers of guitar-guided pop music, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys.

If combining the influence of so many classic artists seems like a lofty goal for a group of 20 year olds, just remember that Twin Peaks’ core quartet—frontman Cadien Lake James, guitarist Clay Frankel, bassist Jack Dolan and drummer Connor Brodner—has roots that reach back to elementary school. And while their friendships were forged long ago, James also learned the ins and outs of the local Chicago scene with his last project: Teenage Dream, a minimal-yet-mean duo with his older brother Hal.

“We played our first show when I was a freshman,” says Cadien, “and of the three people who came out, one was Alex White of White Mystery. She loved it. Alex has taught me a lot about being business smart and taking things slow, about being grateful and expressing thanks where due, and about being a gracious musician. The generosity of all the bands in the scene out here is pretty amazing.”

The only problem? Hal was asked to join the Smith Westerns, and since Cadien didn’t want to go the solo route, he found the perfect outlet in Twin Peaks. Having quickly cut their debut LP, 2013’s Sunken, so they could sell it on tour, the band was excited to spend more time developing Wild Onion, a record that reveals a level of maturity beyond all the amp-singeing solos, ragtag rhythms and dizzying voices of three distinct singer-songwriters. Unlike acts who let their egos get in the way, Cadien, Clay and Jack share the spotlight and play to one another’s strengths as Connor keeps things moving with a steady beat.

So while it’s hard to tell who’s screaming what sometimes, the album’s overall vibe couldn’t be more cohesive, whether it’s expressed through sun-kissed psych (“Mirror of Time,” “Strange World”), crowd-riling choruses (“Making Breakfast,” “Good Lovin’”) or hooks that take just seconds to sink in (“Flavor,” “I Found a New Way,” “Strawberry Smoothie”). Step back for a minute and you’ll also notice that everyone’s facing the cold, hard realities of life head-on, whether it’s relationships, the death of a family member, or getting used to the fact that three-fourths of the band (Cadien, Jack and Connor) left a school they loved (Evergreen State College) to pursue the crushed barriers, rushed stages and tireless recording sessions of Twin Peaks fulltime.

“The album deals with a lot of insecurities that arise when you’re growing up,” explains Cadien, “It’s about adopting them and being vulnerable to let out the tunes. It ain’t ideal, but it’s sublime.”

Or as Jack adds when asked about a song he wrote (the rise above anthem “Fade Away”), “It’s about looking at life and smashing it in the face until you break your hand. I hope you play this during your most epic of battles on this world.”
Steep Leans
"Steep Leans is the name Boston multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Gray Somers gives his murky but melodic pop.

Assorted Steep Leans recording problems has caused Somers some steep headaches over the last few years he’s finally about to release his debut album Grips on Heat.

Released on Wavves’ Ghost Ramp label, the original recordings of Grips on Heat was done with Jonny Schenke from the band Eaters and producer of Parquet Courts' Light Up Gold, but added problems resulted in a more DIY recording style in a practice space outside Boston.

The important thing is that the record is out and its mix of moody surf-rock and lo-fi is a winner." - Noisey
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College Street Music Hall.
238 College Street
New Haven, CT, 06510

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