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Wavves - King Of The Beach

Chris Hidden
Chris Hidden 3 August 2010 at 14.00

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RS's verdict on the third album from these Californian noise punksters...

Had Brian Wilson grown up in early 90s California listening to Nirvana and Mudhoney, The Beach Boys might have produced something similar to the fuzzed-up, beach-bound, garage rock that punctuates this record. Featuring two members of the late great Jay Reatard’s band – the towering garage rawk that defined his sound is tangible with Wavves too but here left to bathe in the sun and taken for a quick dip in the ocean. ‘King Of The Beach’ kicks things off and best sums the record up; two-and-a half minutes of gloriously rowdy and riotous garage rock with a gloriously summery feel.

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