Single Review – Wavves – Pony

San Diego’s fuzzed up surf rockers Wavves are to release their fifth studio album V at the end of the week and have unveiled a final single from it before that with ‘Pony’. It is another track with this easily recognisable Californian rock elements with a rapid, rumbling bass line, off shooting guitars and shouting vocals. In that case this song is the living embodiment of the style and like their other singles, offers up nothing you won’t have heard before from them or many of the higher quality acts from the state. So far there’s been little to distinguish between the singles and we can expect the album to be just as musically narrow.

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

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Single Review – Wavves – Heavy Metal Detox

San Diego’s fuzzed up surf rockers Wavves, release another track off their forthcoming album V which is expected on October 2nd. Much like the previous single released from the album ‘Heavy Metal Detox’ is another track full of thrashing guitars played at a rapid pace with shouting vocals over the top. If you’re into a rehash of a dated and well worn late 90’s sound then again… this is for you. These tracks would probably sound a little better live but this is one album I’m not looking forward to.

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

Single Review – Wavves – Flamezesz

San Diego surfed up alt-rockers Wavves return with another single called ‘Flamezesz’ for their upcoming fifth album V out on October 2nd. A band not really known for producing contemplative or dynamic music, this track is just a further continuation of their dated and monotonous sound. The accelerating rhythm guitars, equally rumbling bass line and shouty vocals sound like they’ve been plucked straight out of a bad late 90’s teen movie. If that’s your sort of thing though, then you’ll love this track.

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

STAND UP AND BE COUNTED – PEACE, THE 1975, DRENGE, ROYAL BLOOD, SWIM DEEP, JAWS, THE ORWELLS, WAVVES, FIDLAR, BASTILLE, SPECTOR, TOM ODELL AND THE LIKE OF THEM.

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“They were desperate to say that “oh I went to this great café. It was really authentic. The cutlery was all dirty”” – Jarvis Cocker

“Psychedelia has become too much of an easy tagline. Really the term should be about exploration” – Tom Cowan

” I don’t see a story unfolding with bands because it is gap year music. It seems like somebody has said, ‘I think I’ll do an album then my dad will give me a job in the accountancy firm’.” – James Dean Bradfield

“As soon as it sounds fine, I’m on to the next thing” – Damon Albarn

“I know there’s bands that’ll write something like The Smiths and they’ll go ‘Oh it sounds like The Smiths’, but we’ve got to not make it sound like The Smiths” – Noel Gallagher

“I think a lot of people study the rules too much and don’t know how to be creative” – Julian Casablancas

“That’s really scary because it’s hard to see how music and art can continue to develop or challenge itself within these new, very commercial frames.” – Karin Dreijer Andersson

I feel that the floodgates have well and truly opened for the hipster and I now feel like I have a good enough grasp of it’s ‘culture’ to make an educated comment. In their short existence, the Hipster has made a mockery of Indie music and left it a laughing stock. The new breed of fans and bands seem to have largely split themselves into two new camps. Desert Rock and Psychedelic Rock. Yet for some bizarre reason they believe it’s ‘scene’ or whatever to talk like an L.A gangster… or gangsta as they would say. God I dread the day when social historians look back at 2014’s Twitter timeline to see tweet after tweet stating “These nu vibez got me trippin blud! The guitarist is so rad ‘n’ such a bae” For me it just shows how music is a backwater here. It is all about the image and the trends and that is true for the ‘artists’ and as a consequence the fans. After they cottoned on that The Black Keys were getting attention, but mainly after the sound of Arctic Monkeys last two LP’s; big, bulky, distorted guitars have been all the rage. Stand up Royal Blood, Drenge, Circa Waves, Wavves, The Orwells. You show me the difference. Psychedelia and Neo-psychedelia have been the other targets. Again, they cottoned on The Horrors or Tame Impala were getting attention and now you have The Horrors desperately trying to disassociate themselves from the new context of the term Psychedelic. Stand up Swim Deep, JAWS, Peace etc. Show me the difference. Amongst other things I’ve noted is that I listened to ‘Rattlesnake Highway’ by Palma Violets genuinely thinking it was The Vaccines. Show me the difference. That ‘totes indie’ jangling riff is a common trait of Peace and The 1975 as well as the way both vocalists sing with that lethargic slur and how stagnant and devoid of character their lyrics are. Can someone please draw a dividing line between Peace and The 1975? They are one in the same to me. What makes it more humorous is that fans of each think the other is killing music. I guess hypocrites never recognise their own reflections. Bastille and Tom Odell put on such a vocal style that makes them appear allergic to their vowels in a not too dissimilar fashion to Peace and The 1975. The almost endless amount of times a band will blatantly rip someone off is comical too! You can get all worked up about One Direction’s army of writers stealing classic tracks but listen to ‘World Pleasure’ by Peace. Would they still feel so strongly about it then? In fact they will take pride in the fact it sounds like Pet Shop Boys or The Stones Roses, Happy Mondays, Daft Punk etc. etc. Nirvana is a common victim along with QOTSA, The Clash, Pulp, Bowie, Suede, Manics, Oasis, Blur, T Rex, MBV, The Beatles, Stones etc. etc. all tainted by the dim minded artists of the hipster generation. It’s a quick fix when you’d rather be picking out your tie-dye, leopard print and fakes glasses then writing your own music. It is a crime in equal measure of hiring teams of writers for your songs. Music and it’s advancement loses out on both occasions. It’s easier to stay hip and just copy off the innovators rather than emulate them in being innovative yourself. It’s easy to say you are ‘influenced’ by someone if you are just ripping them off. But then again this time last year their fans were probably influenced by Ellie Goulding or Example and so will not know the difference.

Do not fear though… the innovators of 2014 are there if you slash your way through everyone trying to be different while being one in the same. The sheer inventiveness of St. Vincent, The bold and brave production of Beck, The pulsating rotations of Wild Beasts, The dark, electronic currents of The Knife, The echoed chambers of Warpaint, The sonically charged, expanded sounds of The Horrors and so many more. You don’t have to follow the hipster cycle of destruction. Just follow what sounds new or interesting. Don’t let another genre become as toxic as Indie has become.

 

“Psychedelia becomes too much of an easy tagline. Really, the term should be about exploration.
Read more at http://www.nme.com/news/the-horrors/76237#HHm4sxYz5rFzXSpP.99
“Psychedelia becomes too much of an easy tagline. Really, the term should be about exploration.
Read more at http://www.nme.com/news/the-horrors/76237#HHm4sxYz5rFzXSpP.99
“Psychedelia becomes too much of an easy tagline. Really, the term should be about exploration.
Read more at http://www.nme.com/news/the-horrors/76237#HHm4sxYz5rFzXSpP.99
“Psychedelia becomes too much of an easy tagline. Really, the term should be about exploration.
Read more at http://www.nme.com/news/the-horrors/76237#HHm4sxYz5rFzXSpP.99