• Taylor Clark

WAVVES – Hideaway

Wavves’ Seventh Album Offers Insights Into the Mind of Nathan Williams.

Photo credit: Jesse Lirola

With the release of their 7th project, American pop punk/alternative rock band Wavves have written a brief set of entertaining pop-rock songs without sacrificing lyrical depth on ‘Hideaway’.

From the punky opening chords of ‘Thru Hell’ to the shuffling country rhythms of ‘The Blame’, ‘Hideaway’ is an album that offers variety to its listener. The up-tempo moments, such as the title track and ‘Marine Life’, offer satisfying contrasts with the tenderness of songs like ‘Honeycomb’ and album closer ‘Caviar’.

When describing his mental processes that influenced the lyrics on the project, frontman Nathan Williams stated:

“It’s real peaks and valleys with me. I can be super optimistic, and I can feel really good, and then I can hit a skid and it’s like an earthquake hits my life, and everything just falls apart. Some of it is my own doing, of course.” This shifting state of mind is best exemplified in the placements of ‘Help is on the Way’ and ‘Sinking Feeling’ in the track list. While ‘Help is on the Way’ is optimistic and uplifting in a manner that matches its title, ‘Sinking Feeling’ immediately follows this up with lyrics detailing recurring bouts of depression, making it another song worthy of its title.

Despite the aforementioned topics regarding fluctuating mental health, ‘Hideaway’ never comes across as overwhelmingly depressing. Fun melodies and catchy guitar work make for a buoyant counterbalance, without negatively impacting the lyrics found throughout.

With their latest offering, Wavves have produced a collection of songs replete with energy, memorable hooks, and thoughtful lyricism that is perfect for summer listening.