Wavves ”“ King of the beach by Gavin Dyda (www.twitter.com/ndless)

I first heard of “Wavves” after seeing their name on a top 10 list of Mark Hoppus Bassist of Blink-182’s favourite songs, and after hearing a 30 second sample of “King of the beach” I knew I had to get myself a copy of their latest album of the same name. Wavves a four-piece band, which started as a recording project by Nathan Williams, who actually recorded their first album in 2008 in his bedroom using only the microphone in the laptop. Their third album “King of the Beach” was released in August 2010.

The first song, also the title track wastes no time putting a smile on your face, with its vampire weekend/ early greenday feel with a hint of the beach boys, it will make you want to be back in the summer, on the beach, with your friends and without a care in the world. The following tracks continue the fun, upbeat energy with most songs coming in way under 3 minutes . The next real stand out track is “Post Acid” also the single off the album, with its trippy intro and twangy guitars and an instantly catchy chorus, it’s the shortest song on the album and also the most fun. The next track “Take on the World” keeps the energy going along with the Beach Boys/Pixies sound.

“Convertible Balloon” manages to be fun and chilled at the same time, and then you have “Green Eyes” a really sweet and mellow gem, that will surely have you thinking of that special someone. The final stand out track is “Mickey Mouse” which is what Nine Inch Nails would sound like if Trent Reznor took a chill-out pill and forced a smile, the lyrics just contain the same verse repeated over and over but there’s just so much personality to this song that it wouldn’t matter. You only have to hear 10 seconds of “Linus Spacehead” to hear the “Pixies” influence, and final song “Baby Say Goodbye” is the perfect way to end an almost perfect album.

All though most of the songs have the same feel and sound and endless comparisons to other artists it still manages to sound brand new and refreshing, and all though I hate the term “Stoner Music” this seems to fit in to that bracket perfectly.

Must hear songs: King of the Beach, Post Acid, Green Eyes, Convertible Balloon, Mickey Mouse

Sounds Like: Pixies, Beach Boys, Vampire Weekend, Green Day

Rating: 4 and a half out of 5

Available now at

PLAY.com http://www.play.com/Music/CD/4-/15572471/King-Of-The-Beach/Product.html

AMAZON.CO.UK  http://www.amazon.co.uk/King-Beach-wavves/dp/B003SNYZVG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1289444441&sr=1-2

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