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SoCal stoner punks brighten up their bellyaching

Wavves

Cat Roif

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Wavves got started in the late ’00s making low-fi SoCal pop punk caked with stoner paranoia. Five albums down the line, the angst is still there (“I’m slowly sinking into nothing,” Nathan Williams sings). But their songs have never been sharper, brighter or more confident. Wavves’ second major-label LP delivers bored-and-wasted bellyaching with glossy concision; “Way Too Much” is what might’ve happened if Lindsey Buckingham had produced Black Flag’s Damaged. Sometimes the music is so supercharged they even start feeling optimistic — that is, if you count “I’m more insane each day, but I’ll be OK” as a day-seizing sentiment. 

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