Wavves have shared two new songs as they prepare to release forthcoming album You’re Welcome.
The new tracks come in the midst of a furious parting shot at the band’s former label Warner Bros. Records who, in the words of frontman Nathan Williams, possessed nobody within their organisation capable of running a business.
“We still owned all of our shit, which was the most important part for us,” Williams said after admitting the money offered to them was too good to turn down. “For them it was a shot in the dark,” he added.
“I figured it would run the same as [prior label] Fat Possum, just with more people. I was wrong. […] I’d never come in contact with such a poorly run company in my life. It was anarchy. Nobody knew what they were doing. Turnover rate was like an American Apparel. It was really all cons – unless you’re a cash cow. For everyone else, major labels can’t help you. Maybe at one time they could, but that time is dead.”
The Wavves went on to explain how the band played the field when major labels came calling, using the attention to earn themselves some swanky food at LA’s best restaurants.
“We were just trying to go to eat at nice places in LA,” Williams continued. “There were a few people from majors who would not stop reaching out to us.
“They were obsessed. They thought we had heat and they needed an edgy big rock band like they used to have in the ’90s. Me and Stephen were in our shitty apartments, Googling ‘nicest restaurants in LA’. We went to eight or nine dinners. At the end we’d say, ‘not interested’.”
Anyway, moving away from the furore of major labels, here’s some new material from Wavves: