Concert Review: Wavves “You’re Welcome” Tour
Tuesday, May 23
On May 23rd, Wavves took the stage at Chicago’s Bottom Lounge in the same manner in which a speeding locomotive charges down the tracks-with insatiable amounts of gusto and energy. The LA-based rockers played to a crowd of moshing and exuberant fans, adding liveliness into what was otherwise a normal Tuesday night in Chicago.
Wavves kicked off their set with “Way Too Much,” a hit from their album V. As soon as the song’s signature rattling guitar riff announced its beginning, the previously stationary crowd erupted in movement. The massive mosh pit that would exist throughout the night took formation, and concertgoers ran back from the bathroom and bar to catch the beloved track. This is perhaps one of Wavves’ most unique abilities as artists: their music incites instantaneous pandemonium.
A highlight within the set was “A Million Enemies,” a track from the band’s most recent album You’re Welcome. The song emulates an irresistibly caustic essence. The chorus, which is largely a repetition of the line “I’ve got enemies/a million enemies” immaculately encapsulates frontman Nathan Williams’ devil-may-care attitude. This certainly showed, as he sang the lines with a sky smirk and abandon. This harnesses one of the components of Wavves’ music that is so very alluring; they are raw in every essence of the word.
Williams also took a moment to praise Bottom Lounge’s security personnel. “These guys are good. I don’t always see eye to eye with security, but these guys are good,” he said. At a Wavves performance at Chicago’s Vic Theatre in 2015, Williams condemned the venue’s security team for being physically rough with audience members who were crowd surfing-a common occurrence at the band’s live performances. Akin to the music he creates, Williams is vocal about ensuring that the environment Wavves performs in is carefree and fostering of positivity in all aspects.
“You’re Welcome,” the title track of their latest album, served as a prime example of the potency that simplicity and repetition can serve within a musical work. Its rhythmically intoxicating and lyrically repetitious nature serve as strong sonic variables that make the track so intriguing to the ear.
Wavves concluded their set with a four-song encore, ending with “Green Eyes,” a track that has become a typical closer for the band. The track is simultaneously dreamy and acidic, encompassing every principle sonic aspect of Wavves’ work that makes them artistically distinguishable and adored.