QUICK QUESTIONS: Nathan Williams, Wavves


This week we got the opportunity to ask WAVVES frontman NATHAN WILLIAMS a couple of questions following the news that the band will be travelling to the country this year for the much anticipated SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS festival.

We talked everything from the artwork inspiration for the band’s latest LP ‘Afraid Of Heights’, to the craziest thing that’s ever happened to WAVVES on the road… NATHAN gave us a hilarious story which involved robbing a coke dealer with fellow band member STEPHEN POPE in Las Vegas…

Do you believe the legend?

You pulled the artwork for you latest record ‘Afraid Of Heights’ from the book ‘The Mingins Photo Collection’. What do you love most about Rich Mingins’ work?

It wasn’t really his work i was obsessed with, although its all really great. my fascination was the ppl he worked on and what the significance of tattoos were during the turn of the 20th century.

What would be the most personal track on ‘Afraid Of Heights’?

All of them. Demon to lean on and Afraid of heights are both fairly personal.

Before things got bad in the ‘Afraid Of Heights’ clip, you were pretty into the lady version of Stephen. Have you been able to look at him the same way since?

He still shows up at my house as ‘Lady Stephen’ so we haven’t really had enough time apart for me to miss her yet.

‘King Of The Beach’, ‘Life Sux EP’ and ‘Afraid Of Heights’ all sound quite cleaner [production wise] compared to the lo-fi execution of your self-titled and ‘Wavvves’. Why is that so? Would you say this is the progression of you “finding your sound”?

Partly. A lot of it has to just do with whats available to me now that ive made some money. I can go into studios and spend time trying nee things.

Who is your all time favourite artist/band?

At the moment ive become pretty obsessed with Giorgio Moroder. Ive always listened to a lot of different music. It changes daily but bands like Beach Boys, The Damned, Bauhaus and The Ramones are always in there.

What’s the weirdest thing that has ever happened to you on tour?

I dont want to implicate myself in any of constant shenanigans happening on our tours but two years ago we stayed in Vegas and Stephen and i robbed a coke dealer wearing a mindless self indulgence butt flap. He chased after us and jumped onto the side of our car while we were speeding away so i took our drivers shoes which were on the ground and started hitting him thru the sun roof.

He eventually fell off and rolled away (we were going pretty fast). Once we drove a little further the driver kicked Stephen and i out bc i lost her shoes in the scuffle earlier. Long story short we somehow ended up at another party where i profusely vomited in the bathroom before leaving and passing out in the bushes somewhere in vegas. I woke up in the back of a cop car.

I haven’t been able to play Weed Demon on Vice for ages now, but was thinking it would be cool to see it released as an iPhone game. Do you reckon this could ever become a thing?

That’s the plan. I want to get it to work on a touch screen.

Seeing as though you told us all that you’ll be playing Splendour before the line-up was officially announced [awesome btw], can you tell us of any sideshows? Australia would love a Wavves national tour!

I did that on accident whoops. Im sure there will be side shows.

WAVVES will indeed be performing Splendour In The Grass sideshows while they’re in the county in July alongside UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA.

Presented by VICE and Noisey

Thursday 25 July
The Standard, Sydney 
Tickets on sale via Moshtix online: www.moshtix.com.au
phone bookings: 1300 GET TIX (438 849)

Saturday 27 July
The Corner Hotel, Melbourne 

Tickets on sale via venue online: www.cornerhotel.com
Phone bookings: 1300 724 867. Also available from Polyester (City & Fitzroy)

Saturday 20 July
Ed Castle, Adelaide
(*Wavves Headline Show Only)
Presented by 5/4 Entertainment.
Tickets for Adelaide on sale Tuesday 14 May 10am, via Moshtix online: www.moshtix.com.auor
phone bookings: 1300 GET TIX (438 849).

Words by Hannah Galvin Gabe Gleeson





An avid fan of Sydney’s jazz and found sound scene, as well as eating peanut butter from the jar.