Zouk is going to be housing three Awesome (there’s even a capital ‘A’) indie acts for an evening of feet tapping, head bopping and awkward white boy dancing. The show on 15 June will be featuring Singapore’s very own indie rockers, Shelves, Californian surf rock threesome, Wavves, and Icelandic experimental band, Múm.
The surf rock trio, Wavves, is made up of front man Nathan Williams and former bassist and drummer of The Reatards, Stephen Pope and Billy Hayes. Having recently released their fourth studio album titled “Afraid of Heights”.
Pope goes into detail about the magic that happens in the studio, the evolution of the band since the first time they played together and how the band is a simply radical concoction of island fruits and STDs.
Popspoken: How did the band form?
Stephen Pope: Nathan started the band by himself in 2008, recording and writing everything himself. I met Nate in the summer of 2009 in Barcelona and we became friends. I joined the band later that year and we toured Europe together, then immediately went into the studio and did King of the Beach.
Popspoken: Could you briefly describe the music-making process?
Stephen Pope: It varies a lot. For most songs Nate and I will end each other demos back and forth, then hash it out in the studio. Some songs we’ll sit in a room with acoustic guitars and just play till something sounds good, and then a few songs we wrote really spur of the moment in the studio.
Popspoken: How has your music evolved since you first began playing together?
Stephen Pope: Although we’re still not great players, I think maybe we each have a bit more confidence in out instruments/ songwriting so we’re able to experiment a little bit more with different things.
Popspoken: Like any other band that has been working hard to successfully break into the music industry, what obstacles did you guys face during the earlier months/ years?
Stephen Pope: Like with anyone who has some success, there are people who hate you for no reason. But that’s not a bad thing, really. The more people who hate you, the more people will like you. I guess the hardest thing to do in the beginning was to ignore the haters.
Popspoken: Which are the band’s greatest musical influences?
Stephen Pope: Pixies, AT the Drive-In, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Guided by Voices, Gary Glitter, Agent Orange and Beck.
Popspoken: Where do you get inspiration to compose your songs?
Stephen Pope: Inspiration comes from everywhere. Even thought people say we sounds “beachy” and “summery”. I feel like I’m more inspired to write when I’m in a darker place in my life.
Popspoken: What are you favorite songs to perform and why?
Stephen Pope: I like playing “Afraid of Heights” and “Sail to the Sun” the most at this moment. “Super Soaker” has always been fun to play too.
Popspoken: If there were one phrase that could define the band, what would it be?
Stephen Pope: Really, really good looking.
Popspoken: A lot of people have said that your albums could be the soundtracks of their lives, what albums do you consider the soundtrack of your life?
Stephen Pope: I’d have to say either the blue album by Weezer or Doolittle by the Pixies.
Popspoken: If your musical sound were a scent/ flavor, what would it be?
Stephen Pope: It would smell like strawberry AIDS but taste like coconut Hepatitis.
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