Nathan Williams, the leader of the California four-piece, took to Twitter late Wednesday to outline who is “not welcome at a Wavves show." Banned individuals include: the #AllLivesMatter crowd, vocal defenders of cops, promoters of rape culture, homophobes, white users of racial slurs, and backers of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
"Nobody is perfect (including myself)," Williams concludes, "but I just know I don't want or need fans who don't get this. In fact, I'd rather have a room half-filled with good energy than one filled with hate."
The mention of #AllLivesMatter is especially timely; supporters of that hashtag often downplay charges of racism brought up by Black Lives Matter in the aftermath of police killings of black men.
You can view Williams' entire note — which is a reaction to the "rape, murder, racism, homophobia, and misogyny that goes on every day" — here:
a few things i wanted to make clear pic.twitter.com/SGppoJE3qC— WAVVES (@wavves) July 6, 2016
And you can count hometown star Lizzo among his supporters:
Wavves are currently on a U.S. tour that skips the Twin Cities, though they'll hit Lollapalooza in Chicago on July 28. The band's fifth album, 2015's V, was warmly received by critics. City Pages spoke with longtime bassist Stephen Pope last September ahead of Wavves' show at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis.