Bonnaroo Day 1: Wavves Induces The First Pit

Photo by Chris Rotolo (Wavves at Roo '11)

Manchester, TN – Wavves opened its debut Bonnaroo set with a snicker, poking fun at the lately belligerent yet beloved Bostonian Hard-Rock outfit Aerosmith when front-man and primary songwriter Nathan Williams slashed the opening chords to the band’s apocalypse accompanying anthem “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing,” from the film Armageddon, whining and mumbling the Steven Tyler penned lyrics before ripping into “No Hope Kids,” a track from the Psychedelic Surf-Punk’s 2009 sophomore release Wavvves.

Photo by Chris Rotolo (Wavves @ Roo '11)

Wavves then countered with the crowd pleasing “Idiot” off the group’s renown 2010 record King Of The Beach, eventually rousing the usually tranquil audience, a combination of unhealthily gaunt hipsters in horizontal striped sailor shirts, captain’s hats, and boat shoes and pacifistic hippies (merely observations), into a raging see of fist tossing and punch throwing punks, one connecting with my own jaw (which I’m proud to announce is not made of glass) before disappearing into the angry mass.

Photo by Chris Rotolo (Wavves @ Roo '11)

 Wavves Setlist:

  1. No Hope Kids
  2. Beach Demon
  3. Idiot
  4. Super Soaker
  5. Take On The World
  6. Bugs
  7. To The Dregs
  8. In The Sand
  9. Linus Spacehead
  10. Green Eyes
  11. So Bored
  12. King Of The Beach
  13. Post Acid
“King Of The Beach” by Wavves (Live From Roo ’11)

About rote7123

Chris graduated from The College Of New Jersey in May 2011 with a Bachelor Degree in Journalism and Professional Writing, as well as a degree in Communication Studies. He has held down a position in the Asbury Park Press’ Sports Department since September of 2010 and is a contributor to the outlet's Arts & Entertainment section, and has contributed to The Aquarian Weekly all while being the sole operator of Asbury Park's premier music news outlet Speak Into My Good Eye.
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