I will begin by saying I'm a sucker for West-coast-lo-fi-garage-surf-rock-revival and I love the fact that there are people who do that sort of music today. One of the biggest names in this field is WAVVES, the ever so despised by indie snobs for being just a bunch of pot-heads, singing about slacking on the beach and surfing, project of San Diego's Nathan Williams. But in their new track "Demon to lean on", released to promote the upcoming in March Afraid of Heights, there is not a drop of ocean water, not a grain of California sand. The song is almost...serious.
The once proud-to-be-a-slacker vibe has transformed into a sudden realization of a pointless existence. As pointed out in several reviews I read, the track has quite the grungy feel to it - from the distorted guitars to the lyrics of desperation, it sounds pretty Nirvana-esque, indeed. The big difference is that the despair here comes from within. This is not an adolescent rebellion against society, but a more mature confession of personal inadequacy.
WAVVES' tunes have always been catchy but this song is damn addictive, it creeps up on you... you know, in the good sense. I can't wait to her the whole album which promises to show a darker side of the San Diego beaches.