I must say, this past Wednesday at First Unitarian Church, I felt a little out of my element at Wavves' sold-out show. The dark, swampy, sweaty, small concert room reminded me of all those frat parties in college I purposely avoided. Had those frat parties played fun live rock music instead of cheesy R&B bump-and-grind jams, then I probably would've at least been tempted to attend.
Then again, the appeal of a Wavves concert isn't so much about their music as it is about getting to see the front man Nathan Williams' zany antics up-close-and-personal. Let me tell you, dude knows how to throw it down.
And so do his fans.
A typical Waaves fan is the type of kid who after the show jumps on top of a concrete spherical parking bollard, hangs in a delicate balance for a few seconds, then jumps down as he yells "THIS PLACE IS AWESOME!" A typical Wavves fan is also the type of kid who eagerly clamors over everyone else, climbs on top of his friends' shoulders, and pumps his fists in the air as he exuberantly crowd surfs. (Philly Photojournalist Laura Jane Brubaker did a great job of catching the exuberance in action.) I guess when you're dealing with the "King of the Beach," surfing is just something that comes with the territory.
A bunch of kids moshed seemingly the entire night. The crowd got especially rowdy during a few songs in particular, one of which was "Idiot." "Green Eyes" was another crowd favorite.
Acoustics at the First Unitarian Church aren't the greatest, but this intimate hole-in-the-wall was a perfect fit for Wavves' music. The band's low-fi raucous riffage was made even fuzzier with the venue's less-than-pristine sound system, and the low ceilings served to amplify Wavves' already intense drum beat. Since Wavves has a gritty, grungy rock-and-roll basement feel, it only made sense to see Wavves' show in a gritty, grungy rock-and-roll basement.
If you're a mosher and a surfer, then Wavves' music is definitely something you should dive into.