Wavves / Dum Dum Girls (Dee Dee Solo)
East River Park, Brooklyn
Nathan Williams has been on a major ascent in the indie rock world since the first two albums worth of naive punk rock he recorded behind his parents’ San Diego home as Wavves became a sensation in the world of indie music.
His newest release, 2010’s King of the Beach is an adventurous and ambitious record. It cuts deeper into the bleeding throat catharsis and 60’s sunshine soul that Wavves is known for. It also unexpectedly flips out with elements of primitive electronics and psychedelic studio experimentation. Unlike Wavves’ previously released material, recorded in haphazard bursts on Williams’ laptop, King of the Beach was toiled over for three months, producing an end result that is multi-layered with inspiration. Hailed by numerous critics as a top album of 2010, Rolling Stone notes, “a one-man bedroom experiment blossoms into a real band, with Jay Reatard’s feisty backing duo and Modest Mouse’s producer beefing up low-fi strumming, smiling melodies and zonked studio whimsy.”
Led by Dee Dee, Dum Dum Girls churns out pop music that adheres to her self-proclaimed M.O.: “blissed-out buzz saw.” Formed in late 2008 as a solo project, the band’s name is a nod to both The Vaselines’ album, Dum-Dum, and the Iggy Pop song, “Dum Dum Boys.” Since then, it’s little wonder that the group’s lo-fi pop sound became a sensation on the indie circuit soon after the release of their first album, I Will Be which is a short tribute to love, fun and the classic pop 60’s girl groups and early punk rockers.