The last time we checked in with Wavves, the desert scorched and supremely psychedelic California rock outfit, they were taking us on a sonic tour through sandy and barren wastelands on ‘Sinking Feeling’.
Now, the band has announced a new album, Hideaway, and released another one of its songs, the awesomely apocalyptic ‘Help is on the Way’.
Speaking of the events that inspired the new album, frontman Nathan Williams explained: “It’s real peaks and valleys with me,” he said, before adding: “I can be super optimistic and I can feel really good, and then I can hit a skid and it’s like an earthquake hits my life, and everything just falls apart. Some of it is my own doing, of course.”
Most of Wavves’ material invokes that beach-adjacent feeling that their name implies, but it’s usually on the periphery, foregrounded by sprawling tales of obscenity and destruction. ‘Help is on the Way’ is no different. By the time he reaches the second verse, Williams’ voice has jumped an octave and found a new sense of urgency: “It’s a heavy burden/Hiding hate away/It’s like a river wants to drown drown drown me.” Still, the song never slips too far down into despair, and the chorus brings a lighter shade of optimism to the proceedings. It’s helped by a major earworm of a hook, which has been Williams’ not-so-secret weapon throughout his career. No matter how distorted the guitars get or how shambolic the arrangements are, at his heart, Williams has the foundation of a great pop songsmith.
But oh man how glorious those distorted guitars and shambolic arrangements sound. Thanks to producer Dave Sitek, best known as a founding member of TV on the Radio, everything falls together with just the right amount of crunch and power to satisfy everyone’s desire for some great anthemic rock and roll.
Check out the audio for ‘Help is on the Way’ down below. Hideaway is set for a July 16th release date.
1. Thru Hell
3. Help Is On The Way
4. Sinking Feeling
6. The Blame
7. Marine Life
8. Planting A Garden