"Up and Down" - Wavves and Culture Abuse

"Up and Down" - Wavves and Culture Abuse

Sounds Like:

Driving to the beach, sand (somehow) already between your toes.

Why You Should Care:

Wavves emerged onto the indie scene in 2008, just as pop-punk had returned to its favored noisy and apathetic roots. Since then, Nathan Williams’ band has done an excellent job combining his natural punk feel with the dreamy undertones of current alternative music.

Here, Wavves collaborates with a somewhat newer punk band, Culture Abuse, whose sound could easily be mistaken for Wavves, if not for the cadence and thick baritone voice of frontman David Kelling. Keller and Williams complement each other well vocally, singing the low and high vocal parts on this (rather short) slacker anthem.

A steady, no-frills, flat-out California rock tune the Lords of Dogtown might head-bang to, you can hear "Up and Down," and more, live as Wavves embarks on a late-2017 tour of the U.S. with Joyce Manor opening — along with Culture Abuse, at select venues.

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