Wavves Melts Down, Apologizes. Music Community Should Do the Same.

06/01/2009 10:46 AM |

7bad/1243867543-wavves.jpgPitchfork has been following this story since last Thursday, after a particularly disastrous Wavves show in Barcelona, during which Nathan Williams suffered what ‘Fork publisher Ryan Schreiber called “the most epic onstage meltdown a band of their small size could conjure.” The band was scheduled to perform in Lisbon the following night, but they cancelled at the last minute, and while they’re scheduled to be in Europe until the middle of July, no one seems certain the rest of the tour will even happen. After the jump, an explanation straight from Williams, in the form of a now-deleted post on his blog, Ghost Ramp.

I think in the back of my head I knew I wasn’t exactly mentally healthy enough to continue to tour the way I have been since February. Honest truth is this has all happened so fast and I feel like the weight of it has been building for months now with what seems like a never ending touring and press schedule which includes absolutely zero time to myself. I’m sorry to everyone who has put effort into this and to everyone who supported me. Mixing ecstasy valium and xanax before having to play in front of thousands of people was one of the more poor decisions I’ve made(duh) and I realize my drinking has been a problem now for a good period of time. Nothing else I can do but apologize to everyone that has been affected by my poor decision making. I made a mistake. Not the first mistake I’ve made and it for sure wont be the last. I’m human. Don’t know why I chose the biggest platform I could imagine to lose my shit, but that’s life. You live and you learn.

You know how everyone has been complaining since around 2004 that, because of the internet’s unique ability to spread word of an artist all over the world in what seems like just a few hours, bands are being thrust into the spotlight before they have the wherewithal, let alone the talent or experience, to deal with it? Yeah, if you ever wondered if maybe that was just the sound of whiny old music critics who no longer have the energy to keep up with a world that is increasingly more fast-paced, well, it’s not. It is the sound of people lamenting the fact that by deluding these young artists into thinking they’re deserving of such large-scale success so early, we’re causing them to burn out far too young, and we’re robbing them of the ever-important developmental years that, at the very least would have taught them to handle their drugs and booze a little better, but also might have helped turn their fifteen minutes into fifteen years.

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  • This is all true enough that I don’t need to add to it — though there was something disconcertingly kingly in the way Pitchfork honcho Schreiber descended from the mountaintops to report the salacious story of a band his site had championed fucking up on his site’s stage at a music festival.

    Not that how this breakdown got publicized is as important as the fact of it and the circumstances behind it (not that any of this is actually that important at all, really), but I hadn’t really pegged Schreiber for a Nick Denton puppetmaster type.

  • “…but I hadn’t really pegged Schreiber for a Nick Denton puppetmaster type.”

    Yes you had, hadn’t you? In a lot of ways, it’s not really all that different from how they handled the Black Kids, with the initial over-the-top praise eventually giving way to dismissiveness (the “sorry :-/” debacle). The build-up/take down seems to have become a go-to move for ’em, and it’s unfortunate.

  • Yea. It’s crazy how the blogs that build up a band are the same ones to magnify their problems.

  • Did you hear the Oneida/Sonic Youth sets on WFMU?? Oneida killed it and I’m so happy for them. If you need the link let me know cause I’m not sure about the legality of it, and whether I should post it here, and whether it already got re-posted on BV or not, in any case…

    As for this other issue with Wavves, so now that he cancelled the Euro tour, any chance he could be added to Northside Fest?