Stream: Listen to Wavves romantic playlist for Nerve.com
California lo-fi indie rockers Wavves are about to release their fourth album, ‘Afraid Of Heights’, to be released this 22nd of March through Inertia. Bassist Stephen Pope has compiled a romantic playlist for Nerve.com, an American online mag dedicated to relationships, sex and culture.
With their biggest and boldest-sounding record yet, Wavves might have finally come into their own, a fully-realized punk rock force in both sound and vision. The product of more than a year of writing and recording, ‘Afraid Of Heights’ expands the Wavves sound while remaining true to the band’s original vision.
Working with producer John Hill (known for his work with M.I.A. and Santigold, as well as with hip-hop acts such as Nas and Wu-Tang), the band found a willing party in creating what they felt was the truest expression of what they wanted. As for the ‘Afraid Of Heights’ sessions themselves, Williams paid for them out-of-pocket, explaining his reasoning with, “In doing so, I had no one to answer to. We recorded the songs how and when we wanted without anybody interfering, and that’s how it’s supposed to be.”
Stephen Pope’s mixtape for Nerve stays true to the band’s aesthetic without losing the classic, romantic feel. Roy Orbison appears twice, but there’s also a Texas punk band called Vomit Pigs. Also included is the original version of “Crimson and Clover” by Tommy James and the Shondells, the song covered by Joan Jett for the Less than Zero soundtrack.
Head over to Nerve.com to listen to the playlist.
Wavves’ ‘Afraid of Heights’ is out March 22nd on Pod