Posted in music | pictures on June 25, 2010

words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Alex Reside

WAVVES

Wavves, Cloud Nothings and Dom all had the honor of ringing in the second annual Northside Festival at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn Thursday night (6/24).

Dom upgraded their band since last I saw them, with psychedelic video projections being mixed live on stage and a new guitarist, though there's still a pre-recorded backing track for some of the songs. One track snuck out of the speakers a song early, giving up a snippet of their ace single "Living in America," which the band jumped on. They stormed through that, then closed with their slightly bent cover of Polaris's "Hey Sandy." Their evolution from smooshed laptop pop to a working live band has pulled some interesting sounds out of the group. New songs (and some of the rearranged old ones) had a Man or Astroman-esque sci-fi surf feel to them, with Dom's trebly, effects-tweaked vocals chiming in.

At Dom's Mercury Lounge show a while back, there were some mildly antagonistic jabs at the crowd. Not so much here though in one inspired moment Dom announced that he would be giving away a copy of their EP, and then sang a full minute or two of a song dangling it in front of the crowd before flinging it over their heads. It was a non-musical diversion sure, but an endearing, slightly goofy touch.

Cloud Nothings surprised me with their smart, briskly-paced pub punk. Not a slow song in their set. The frantic drummer kept them propelled while the rhythm section's other half spurted out consistently witty basslines. Their proficiency wasn't the only selling point though. There were with plenty of hooks and sharply crafted songs plotted through the headnodding speed.

Wavves has always has a sun-baked feel, and new songs like "King of the Beach" embrace that to the max with an even poppier sound. Their drummer talked almost nonstop between songs, with free associating comments that repped Paulie Shore, called out John Norris in the audience (we all see and love you John), and generally made himself sound happy to have an audience. The crowd also had no reservations about taking the spotlight, welcoming themselves to the stage to one-up with dance moved before jumping into the crowd (you can see some of that in action in the video we posted previously from the show). One managed a midsong fist-bump. Nathan also crowd surfed midsolo, and then postencore jumped into drums and drummer. Both lay there a while, maybe hurt, until one fiending shirtless dude crawled up on stage (not for the first time) to dance a bit more and announce that they were in fact alright.

The official opening show's official afterparty didn't fare quite as well, after someone threw a beer bottle off the roof of the venue (Shea Stadium) and through the back window of a police cruiser.

Catch Dom again on Saturday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Catch WAVVES this Sunday in Jersey. Get WAVVES' new album digitally on July 1st...

King of The Beach, originally slated for an Aug. 3 release date, will now be available via iTunes exclusively on July 1, all other digital outlets on July 13 and the physical street date (CD / LP) remains Aug. 3.
Listen to a mixtape WAVVES made HERE.. More pictures from Knitting Factory below...

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Comments (24)

how many people does the knit hold?

new album is legit.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2010 7:12 PM

all the cool kids were around the corner at DBA bunch of ikea punks.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2010 7:23 PM

wavvvves at the meat locker. stoked.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2010 7:27 PM

Topsiders and shorts are where it's at in 2010, apparently? We fought wars to get rid of that stuff, people...

Posted by LKJ | June 25, 2010 8:24 PM

How can a bassline be witty?

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2010 8:43 PM

New shit sounds like a collab between Tom DeLonge and Panda Bear. In other words, kind of awful but pretty catchy

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2010 8:52 PM

john norris is at like every show, from small black to los campesinos! always thought he was a douche, being on mtv and all, but def give him some mad props for showing up at lots of underground shows.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2010 1:29 AM

"underground" LOL

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2010 1:53 AM

i really love how john norris reverse aged all fucking benjamin button style, and now he's growing his hair out to cover his giant receding hairline and sporting "underground rock" band shirts even though we'll always just remember him as the balding dude in the button-up who told us kurt cobain was dead. i'm pretty into that.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2010 1:57 AM

talked to john norris at one of conor oberst's first solo shows at bowery ballroom a couple years ago. one of the most nicest/awesome dudes ever. and i did tell him how i remember when told us kurt cobain was dead.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2010 2:16 AM

John Norris used to go to limelight and is a massive coke head.
But he did have good liquid moves on the dancefloor.
Trust me I couldn't make that shit up.
Word bond y'all. On the reals! Straight up hummus! Boo-Ya!

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2010 3:12 AM

yeah LOL @ underground. stop reading pitchfork, get your head out of you ass and walk on down to death by audio to discover new, interesting and ACTUAL "underground" artists. judging by the insanely douchey crowd that night, every club-going "dress to impress" chick, their 'intellectual' button-down wearing boyfriends and any asshole wearing a shitty "best new music" artist's shirt was there.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2010 8:46 AM

I saw John Norris at an Abe Vigoda show last year. He was chatting with the band before their set. Confused the shit outta them.
John needs to have fun ever since Viacom laid him off.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2010 9:15 AM

oh my, a professional music fan at a show?????

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2010 9:49 AM

jn's noisevox interviews are da shizzie..loving the warpaint one.

Posted by tommy two pants | June 26, 2010 10:42 AM

Cloud Nothings' myspace songs sound like absolute shit

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2010 11:38 AM

Dom!

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2010 12:38 PM

hammerhead >>>> this bullshit

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2010 1:35 PM

zits and no tits

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2010 2:19 PM


Would be way cooler if Kurt Loder came out to shows instead.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2010 7:10 PM

@8:46

is market hotel not "underground" enough for you?

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2010 7:51 PM

@7:51, um well considering market hotel is no longer around....

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2010 10:05 PM

Wavves post-Best Coast > Wavves pre-Best Coast.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2010 3:48 PM

^ whoa you're so right...

also, i like some of doms jams but the dude was a fucking douche in high school and has only gotten douchier

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2010 7:18 PM

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