This week, I’d like to introduce you all to Asbury Park’s own dynamic rockers latewaves. For those unfamiliar with Asbury Park, let me catch you up to speed; Asbury Park is legendary for its music scene, with historic venue The Stone Pony having hosted huge artists like Bruce Springsteen, to smaller artists who often get their start through playing the beach town’s venues. More recently, the town has been home to large music festivals in the summer– one of which, called Shadow of The City; founded by Jack Antonoff of Bleachers/fun., serves as an amazing showcase for the indie and rock scene. There’s too much musically going on in Asbury Park to list in this article, but believe me when I say that music is the backbone of the community, and because of it, some truly special acts are formed. One of these acts, of course, is latewaves— whose rocking sound with truthful lyrics builds intense emotion in every song; whether that emotion be anger, sadness, frustration, happiness, or satisfaction. The best way to get to know the band is from their music video for “Face Down“. The song itself is a hard-hitting jam that makes it impossible to not want to tap your toes or sing along to the infectious (but soul-wrenching) chorus, and it truly showcases the talent of the band. Meanwhile, the accompanying video is equal parts comedic as it is visually appealing. It tells a story of finding the people who “get you” and how it can change everything– and it helps me forget that Halloween is long over. Check out the video below.
As of September 22nd, latewaves‘ EP, Partied Out, has been out to cure our Fall/Winter blues. Listening to the release, as I said in my intro to this piece, you’re going to experience a variety of emotions. However, one thing I think that latewaves does really well is that they know how to pair the musical quality to the lyrical content. That is to say, the lyrics never outweigh the music and vice versa– it all makes for a harmonious rock album with substance. Further, there’s a certain nostalgic element to the band’s sound that makes it the ultimate listen– it’s fitting how the cover is of a destroyed cassette tape as my mind was immediately taken to summer in the late 90’s when listening. What’s great about latewaves and their sound is that while it might seem like it’s from another time, it doesn’t come across as inauthentic. Their sound fits like a glove, and really, if we’re looking at Asbury Park’s history and culture, it is clear why their sound is more rooted in these fantastic musical traditions. Regardless, latewaves presents something new to what the rock scene is now, by revisiting the sounds that make it so great– and it’s that approach exemplifies what passionate musicians they are.
Finally, we had the opportunity to interview latewaves on their hometown, their album, and more; so be sure to read their responses below. If you liked what you’ve heard, be sure to follow the band on Facebook, Twitter, and check out Partied Out on Spotify.
- So you’re from Asbury Park, the home of the greats—how did living in such a musical area influence you musically?
Well there is definitely a sense of friendly competition in town. Everyone truly roots for each other in this city but when we see another band release an amazing track or getting on an amazing show, it really lights a fire in us to keep moving and keep working. As far as music goes, I think the city has a vibe to it, you’re constantly reminded that amazing artists came from here, and are continuing to. It gives us a sense of pride, but also a responsibility to represent such an amazing place.
- How would you say Asbury Park influenced the party-rock feel of ‘Partied Out’, if at all?
It definitely did. When I was writing lyrics to the record, I was in a bit of a self medicating slump. There was no shortage of distractions and ways to get my mind off my problems. Something is always going on and everyone is always invited in Asbury Park. There is a hint that I had been partying a bit too much throughout all of the songs and I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish any of that without being able to take a short walk or bike ride to my favorite bar.
- As Asbury Park is a beach town, I have to ask, is that where you got the name ‘Latewaves’?
Inadvertently, the answer is “yes.” We came up with the name because we wanted to name it after our love for hanging on the beach when the bars let out. It was the dead of winter when we decided to finally name the project and we were very nostalgic and pining for the summer nights. We started with Midnight Beach, but that sounds like a Yankee Candle. Then we tried Night Swim… but my last band had just toured with Night Riots and I’m still close friends with them and I couldn’t shake the similarity in my brain, also we are pals with Can’t Swim who hails from a few towns over and they thought of theirs first so we benched that. Shawna finally muttered “latewaves” while we were hanging in a parking lot and it lit a spark. Then we found out “@latewaves” was available on all the socials so we booked the handle on everything and never looked back.
- Who would you say your biggest influences are musically on ‘Partied Out’?
When we were writing the record I was binging “Cody” by Joyce Manor, my favorite album that came out that year. There’s also The Menzingers who I never stop listening to. But I’d say when we were writing we really didn’t concern ourselves with a specific genre. I’d say it’s a cumulation of all the artists we love or have loved throughout our lives.
- What has been your favourite show so far?
To go back to not naming our band “Night Swim;” it was a pretty good call because shortly after we started playing shows we did a Happy Monday’s at the Wonderbar with Can’t Swim as their direct support. Before we went on stage our friend Frank who was doing sound told me they had to stop letting people in because the venue was at capacity. Pretty cool feeling at such an early stage of the band right in our hometown.
- If you could choose anywhere in the world to play a show where would you go, and who would you perform with?
Personally, I really would love to go to the Pacific Northwest. I’ve gotten a few checkmarks playing cities all around the country in old bands I’ve been in, but I’ve never been able to make it to Seattle. And if we make it to Seattle, I’d like to play with Minus The Bear, because they’re one of my favorite bands and I’m sure their hometown shows are insanely fun.
- ‘Partied Out’ has the maturity and mastery of a group of artists who have been working on their craft for ages—how long have you been playing music and performing?
Thank you, that’s a really great compliment to hear. I started playing guitar when I was 8 and I just recently hit the golden age of 30, so pretty much I remember always knowing how to play guitar. I played my first show singing and playing for a ska band at 14 and really haven’t stopped performing in my own bands and/or filling in for others ever since. Shawna started playing drums when she was 10 and she’ll be 24 this Christmas. She drummed for two metal bands and was playing shows when she was 13, so she’s always been intimidatingly cool and talented as far as I know. Howie is pretty much in the same boat as me as he’s been playing since he was a kid, and has hit the road and had some awesome successes in his other band, “Athletics.”
- If you could describe ‘Partied Out’ in only 5 words, how would you describe it?
YOU CONTROL YOUR OWN HAPPINESS
- If there was one thing you’d like people to know about Latewaves and what you stand for, what would it be?
This band came from a dark time in my life. My last band had dissolved and stopped touring, and I thought that was about it for my music career. I thought I was too old, and I thought I had to “grow up” and move on. I wasn’t ready to, I was in a stand still, waiting tables, drinking too much, wasting my days away. My days literally blurred together and no day was different than the last, just a grey plateau. I complained a lot, I blamed everyone else but myself, my mantra was “life isn’t fair.” I don’t know what the “moment of clarity” was for me, but somehow, someway, I finally picked myself up and did the only thing I know how to do. I hit up Shawna, we got a rehearsal spot, and we just jammed. Before we knew it, the jams turned into songs, the songs got recorded, the record got picked up by a label, and we started playing shows non stop, and are now almost finished with a new record. We haven’t stopped since day one and we don’t plan to. The point is; only you can change your situation if you don’t like it, and if I can do it, anyone can.
Last modified: November 16, 2017