Wavves at the Bottom Lounge
By Oscar Yanek
The Wavves concert consisted of a great band and a great set. When arriving at the Bottom Lounge around 6:45 p.m. on Nov. 7, I was worried that I was late to the 6:30 doors, but fortunately that was not the case. Upon entering the room in the back of the Bottom Lounge, the first thing I noticed was that the floor was concrete. In my flimsy old Converse, I quickly realized that my feet were about to be sore. The crowd was also different from what I usually see: the average age of the attendees was early twenties, and everyone was standing with decent space between themselves and the other people -- space which I abused to get to the front and to my group. The first performance was by a very experimental indie band whose name was not listed. Its music was not something you can dance to, but it was a good calm before the impending storm.
The second band to play was Beach Fossils, another more mellow indie band. Their music was much nicer than the previous band, however, and it got more of a reaction from the crowd. People escalated their standing to swaying along with the music. Slowly, the spaces between people were getting smaller and you could tell that Wavves would be on soon.
Once Wavves came on stage, the mood changed altogether -- people crammed in to get as close as possible. Wavves is more of a rock band than an indie band, and its music is meant to get people moving, so once they started actually playing it was hard to stay standing. A mosh pit formed in the middle and the energy was ecstatic. During the first couple of songs I ran into an old friend from the suburbs who goes to a lot of concerts and we formed a larger group. After forming the larger group, the remainder of the concert became a loud and bustling blur.
During some of the band’s fan favorite songs like “Nine Is God,” “Green Eyes,” and “Way Too Much,” it was easy to get lost in the crowd. The band absolutely killed it with frontman Nathan Williams interacting with the crowd, bassist Steven Pope shredding and sweating up a storm, guitarist Alex Gates on guitar and backing vocals, and Brian Hill’s drumming. Williams and Pope were definitely the ring leaders of the show, hyping up the crowd the most. By the end of the show, I was fairly sweaty and very content. My ears rang and my feet hurt from the concrete floors, but Wavves and Beach Fossils definitely rocked the Bottom Lounge.