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Surf-punk styles of Wavves to take on sold-out Columbus stage

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Coming off a gig on “The Late Show with David Letterman” last week and multiple sold-out shows across the country, indie band Wavves is making a pit stop to play a sold-out show in Columbus and give fans a taste of its new album.

“(The tour has) been a really good response so far, I don’t think any of us were expecting that and most of the shows have been sold out,” said bassist Stephen Pope.

The group have played five sold-out shows on this tour so far, according to its Facebook page. 

Wavves is slated to perform Tuesday at The Basement. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The band is touring in support of “Afraid of Heights,” which released March 26 and is the fourth studio album from the band, which currently consists of frontman Nathan Williams, drummer Jacob Cooper and Pope. 

Pope said they are exceptionally proud to perform this record, considering it is different from what the band has usually done.

“We spent a year in the studio. We didn’t have a label this time because it gave us more freedom to do stuff we wanted and I’m extremely happy with it,” he said. 

Riley Webb, a third-year in information systems, is a big fan of the band’s music.

“The main thing that draws me to Wavves is their kind of lo-fi, surf-punk sound that you don’t see too often these days,” Webb said. “In a world of over-produced music, they kind of go back to a simpler time.” 

FIDLAR and Cheatahs are scheduled as the opening acts.
Olivia Crandall, a fourth-year in international business, plans on attending the sold-out show, and said she is not only looking forward to seeing Wavves, but also FIDLAR. 

“I’ve seen Wavves before and they’re really great live. I also heard FIDLAR’s debut is pretty solid, so I’m excited to check them out,” Crandall said.

Pope said he and his bandmates are excited for the Columbus performance.

“I’m looking forward to being back in Columbus again. I want everyone to try to crowd surf, hopefully there will be enough people there,” he said. “We always try to have fun and we practiced a ton so I think we sound a little bit better than we used to. Hopefully it’s fun for everyone.”

The Basement is located at 391 Neil Ave. 

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