It’s been quite a weekend for Nathan Williams from Californian lo-fi band Wavves. On Friday, Williams had a meltdown on stage at the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, where he argued with drummer Ryan Ulsh, performed sloppy versions of his best-known songs and angered the audience, who threw bottles at the band.
Wavves are on a European tour, which currently hangs in the balance. A date tonight in Porto has already been canceled. Williams suggested he was on ecstasy while he was on stage at Primavera, and has talked further about his drug and alcohol abuse in this (now deleted) post on his blog:
“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."
Comments on various music blogs have been typically unforgiving of Williams’ behavior, and his apology is likely to fall on deaf ears. It will be fascinating to see how the band is received at the Pitchfork Festival in July, where Williams will have to be on his best behavior if he wants to prevent the Wavves bubble from hastily bursting.