As fast as Wavves broke, hipsters denounced the project amid onstage meltdowns and inter-band turmoil involving Williams. While in rough waters, Williams and the band Wavves surfaced with a new album, King of the Beach, recorded at a bona-fide studio in Oxford, Miss., with Modest Mouse producer Dennis Herring. Due in early August on Fat Possum, the new record features the former Jay Reatard rhythm section, Stephen Pope and Billy Hayes.
Recently, Williams told Pitchfork: "The last thing I wanted to do was record the same record again. I just feel like that would've been so f---ing boring to do."
The first single off of King of the Beach, "Post Acid," has cleaned up Wavves' murky waters. More palatable but far from polished, the California-inspired track is a feel-good/psychedelic/surf-punk jam with gritty, indie-pop values. Although I never bought into the initial Wavves hype, "Post Acid" is the strongest material I've heard from the band, and I anticipate the full-length release in August. Additionally, rumors are circulating that "Post Acid" is going to be featured in a forthcoming Mountain Dew commercial.
Are you feeling it?