Published Oct 24, 2013Though Wavves had never played Halifax before, someone must have briefed Nathan Williams about the variable weather. The frontman walked on stage in an oversized jacket and "Pizza"-labeled ball cap before realizing the enthusiastic crowd at Olympic Hall was keeping the temperature a few degrees too warm for such an outfit. Smartly clad in layers, he switched to a hooded T-shirt and launched right into another piece of dishevelled power pop.
Wavves sound as if they come from an alternate reality in which Weezer didn't become a formalist exercise and Rivers Cuomo was a pothead. "Do people in Halifax do cool drugs?" asked Williams. "What do you think are cool drugs?" (The answers yelled out from the crowd: TNT and Cialis.) Whatever the source of the high, both the band and the crowd were high-energy from the get-go: countless crowd-surfers on the floor (many wearing…backpacks?) and dancers in the balcony keeping time by tapping on the barricade. Songs like "Idiot," "Beat Me Up" and a set-closing "Green Eyes" stayed raggedy on their edges, but held together as satisfying pop constructions.