The Jack Wagner-directed video for Wavves‘ ‘My Head Hurts’ chronicles the band’s tour in support of their latest release V.
V finds the band taking a slightly more hopeful approach, while still keeping things cynical.
It’s not happy music, not at all,” singer Nathan Williams assured fans in a statement. “But it’s inspired by learning to be happy about the shittiest lows, trying to express a realistic optimism in the knowledge that nothing is ever going to be perfect, and there will always be some fucked up shit in your life…but you can have a positive outlook on it, if you want.”
Woody Jackson (Daniel Johnston, Primal Scream, Tenacious D, Money Mark and Beck) produced the new album and gave it a sound that was crisper while still retaining their signature 90’s sound.
It all harkens back to Williams creating two albums worth of material using an ’80s Tascam cassette recorder and GarageBand software. Since coming together seven years ago, the band has grown from a bedroom project to a four-piece that has charted on Billboard’s Top 100.
2015 was a busy year for the band collaborate with Cloud Nothings’ Dylan Baldi, GZA worked with Williams’ side project Sweet Valley on the track ‘Planetary Energy’ as well as releases by Courtney Love and Spirit Club (Yet another side project with his brother Joel Williams and Jeans Wilder) on Williams’ Ghost Ramp imprint.
The album is rife with material inspired by Williams trying to cut back on his drug and alcohol consumption, something that resulted in night terrors. He now avoids getting drunk every night.
“I get a two day hangover if I do drugs now, and you have to think ‘is this worth it?’ I feel like that romanticized druggie alcoholism lifestyle is a sham.” Then came the paranoia about his health. “You can just ruin your own life by spending too much time on Web MD, convincing yourself you have cancer,” he said.
Williams was also going through a break-up at the time so, not surprisingly, the theme of love gone wrong is a major theme on V.
With all the upheaval the band was going through, Williams said they were relieved to get into the studio.
“We’ve never talked about this stuff in front of each other, outside the music,” Williams admitted. “‘Cause guys are afraid to talk. It’s not like we say “Dude, I’m feeling sad today.” You know? That’s lame, dude.”
2/11 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater *