Stephen Pope / Wavves

Four years ago, Jay Reatard’s sideman Stephen Pope joined the then-solo Wavves, Nathan Williams. Now the duo sound bigger, brasher, and shockingly professional than ever on Afraid Of Heights that positions the band to take their rightful place amongst the pop-punk gods. Afraid Of Heights expands the Wavves sound while remaining true to the band’s original vision—it was created with absolutely no label involvement. Working with producer John Hill (known for his work with M.I.A. and Santigold, as well as with hip-hop acts such as Nas and the Wu-Tang Clan), the band found a willing party in creating what they felt was the truest expression of what they wanted. With their biggest and boldest-sounding record yet, Wavves might have finally come into their own, a fully-realized punk rock force in both sound and vision.