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« November 2, 2012

Wavves

Auditorium Shores, Nov. 3
Review by Abby Johnston
Photo by Shelley Hiam

Wavves

Auditorium Shores, Nov. 3

After a shore day with highs in the 90s, surf punk still felt relevant to a Texas November. San Diego band Wavves was just the group to bring on the salty, tongue-in-cheek beach homages. Nathan Williams launched into his sneering – briefly interrupted by an onstage marriage proposal (she said yes!) – and then performed some of the bride-to-be's favorite Wavves tunes. Sweet punk love aside, Williams and crew were a full-frontal assault for the rest of the set, a guitar barrage that showed no signs of slowing until it suddenly came to a stop. "Post Acid" was an early addition along with fellow single "King of the Beach," from the 2010 album of the same title. These frenzied the crowd with hooky guitar refrains, but Wavves still managed to keep pace with less danceworthy songs like closer "Green Eyes," another rare moment of vulnerability for the SD punks.

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