July 27th, 2015


Nathan Williams, the loudmouth front man of California surf rock outfit, Wavves, has revealed that the band is hard at work prepping their fifth album, V(that’s the album art up there), their first in two years.  Sounds awesome, right?  Well, not completely. Last week, Williams, in typical “fuck you” fashion, tweeted about his aggravation with Wavves’ record label, Warner Bros., after apparently leaking the album’s first single “Way Too Much” way too much ahead of schedule.

The single- like the best Wavves songs – is the kind of song that knocks you squarely on your ass the moment it begins.  Driving guitars play at break-neck speed while the rhythm section sounds so punchy, you’d swear that instead of a kick drum, there was a human face behind the beater of that bass pedal.  The catchy refrain only lasts about twenty seconds, but Williams’ lyrics within seem to imply why; boredom sets in quickly, so – like some kind of musical drug – it’d be best for all of us to get this out of our systems as quickly as possible.  Two-and-a-half minutes later, “Way Too Much” seems inappropriately titled, as the ride ends abruptly, leaving the listener begging for more.

To get acquainted with the scandal surrounding the album’s release, peep the single below and a timeline of the ensuing Twitter drama after the jump, to orient and prepare yourself for V.

First, Nathan posts a link to “Way Too Much”, via WAVVES Twitter, tagging Warner Bros. in the process:

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Williams then shared a screenshot of the notice Soundcloud served him with after Warner Bros. allegedly had the song removed from the site before declaring, “you can’t stop me”:

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The band then opted to share the album’s artwork, after their label had allegedly threatened to sue for doing so:

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In spite of all of the commotion, V is set to drop October 2 via Ghost Ramp/Warner Bros.  Stream it below, via Spotify.