Here’s a confession: I don’t like Nathan Williams, also known as the mastermind behind the California “beach punk” band Wavves. Nathan’s approach to making his first album was basically to record these rock songs but then dress them up in lo-fi noise and distortion for no reason, in the same way a girl makes an entire picture black and white (except her red dress!) to make it appear “artsy.”
But then he did some shit that no one thought he’d do, he released “Post Acid,” a single for Mountain Dew’s music series Green Label Sound. In indie terms, that’s the equivalent to “selling out, man.” But he benefits from the more polished, well produced sound. When you remove all the needless noise and distortion, there’s actually a good song underneath.
Wavves - Post Acid