It’s no secret that Nathan Williams is somewhat of a musical machine. After all, over the past seven years, Wavves – his 2008 project which has since morphed into a fully-fledged punk rock band – have managed to rack up a five-album discography, all while their leader runs riot collaborating and creating with various other projects. And yet somehow, having so many things going on hasn’t been a distraction for the outfit. It’s in the midst of this constant whirlwind of creativity that Wavves have found themselves at their peak.
Thrashingly good from the getgo, ‘V’ is a record that not only aims to cause a good old ruckus but to have a laugh whilst doing it. From the boisterous brattiness of opener ‘Heavy Metal Detox’ through to the sunshiney carefree nature of ‘All The Same’ (which comes sprinkled with just a little mocking for good measure), from the pummelling introduction of ‘Way Too Much’ to the thundering chorus of ‘Flamezsez’, this is an album packed with energy and chaos, rough-around-the-edges but still filled with satisfying earworms.
Contagious and sarcastic, in-your-face and self-aware yet ultimately all about cutting loose, Wavves have offered up an album that proves themselves as leaders in the punk pack.