So Bored
Satan Try To Stop Me
Weed Demon

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Wavves

Nathan isn’t really prepared as we approach him during the sound check. “You want to do this now?”, he asks unbelievingly after we explained our offstage sessions concept. We have written e-mails weeks before his show in Vienna but the San Diego based Wavves mastermind is not the man for long-term planning. Spontaneously, however, he is up for almost anything, including video shoots in the snow, drinking games and excessive parties which end in strange places. Nathan Williams and his drummer Ryan Ulsh spread something like a nihilistic drive that is contagious for everyone around. The Wavves show in Vienna is conditioned by severe technical problems and interrupted by long breaks. Nathan just takes it as it is, starts into his say-it-all, truly youthful anthem “So Bored” a second time and suddenly the previously rather reserved crowd turns into a mad moshpit, with people giving themselves up in the face of the raw, simple and at times noisy charm of Nathan’s songs. So, don’t believe him when he says: “These songs all sound like shit.”

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  • Posted: March 15, 2009
  • Camera: Michael Luger
  • Sound Recording: Matthias Leihs
  • Post-Production: Simon Brugner
  • Photography: Simon Brugner