The young Mr. Williams, prior to shredding injury.
Did we sell this mopey basement dweller short in the wake of his drug-induced meltdown earlier this year in Barcelona? Was he made of harder stuff than we might have thought? Or did the ensuing firestorm (which was even more inexplicable than his abrupt, meteoric rise to fame) toughen him up and sprout some short curlies on his sternum?
It was all systems go for Nathan Williams at the recent Pitchfork Music fest, where Wavves managed to complete a set to ovation, despite Williams nursing a busted wrist (from skateboarding, no less).
And now, the mercurial maestro of boredom has announced the dates for his fall tour, and the 7th Street Entry comes in the first leg.
"Hold up, Nathan. I think you might have been peaking there for a second." The video for Wavves' "No Hope Kids."
An opener hasn't been declared as of yet, but Wavves will be appearing with Sacramento's Ganglians, so expect the poor clerks in the First Ave booking office to become washed in a deluge of requests to nab that coveted opening slot.
We were a little hard on Mr. Williams when we caught him and Vampire Hands breezing through on their coast-to-coast earlier this year. And we're firm believers that anything worth trying is worth trying twice. So expect Gimme Noise to be there once more with fresh ears and perhaps an extra beer or two.
Here's the dates, hot from Pitchfork, with the important one in bold.
08-28 San Diego, CA - Street Scene
09-05 Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
09-06 San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop *
09-13 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *
09-14 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge *
09-15 Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Music Hall *
09-16 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry *
09-17 Grinnell, IA - Gardner Lounge (Grinnell College) *
09-18 Champaign, IL - Pygmalion Music Festival *
09-19 Madison, WI - Forward Music Festival *
09-20 Chicago, IL - Chopin Theater *
09-20 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle *
09-21 Detroit, MI - Majestic Cafe *
09-22 Toronto, Ontario - El Mocambo *
09-23 Montreal, Quebec - Friendship Cove *
09-24 New York, NY - Santos Party House *
09-25 New York, NY - Todd P show *
09-27 Boston, MA - Great Scott *
09-29 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church *
09-30 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar *
10-01 Washington, D.C. - Rock and Roll Hotel *
10-02 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 *
10-03 Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club *
10-04 Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
10-06 Oxford, MS - Proud Larry's *
10-09 Dallas, TX - Pastime Lounge *
10-10 Austin, TX - Emo's *#
10-15 Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room *
10-16 San Diego, CA - Casbah *
10-17 Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex *