Is a Black Lips vs. Wavves Boxing Match in Store for LA?
If you haven't been following today's drama re: the brawl that apparently went down in Brooklyn on Saturday night between Jared "Slime & Oxygen" Swilley of Black Lips and Wavves' Nathan "Ecstasy, Valium & Xanax" Williams (or, if Swilley is to be believed, Williams' posse), here's a quick blow-by-blow:
The two don't like each other, apparently so much that when both bands played last month's FYF Fest in LA, intermediaries feared that fisticuffs might erupt at any moment. The two never crossed paths in LA, though. That changed Saturday night, when both were at Daddy's Bar in Brooklyn. Someone apparently served someone else a knuckle sandwich.
Williams of Wavves, in a MySpace post, describes Swilley as "just looking for a fight at 4 in the morning talking shit to my face and his girlfriend is spitting in the face of all my friends." Swilley begs to differ, and says a cowardly Williams relied not on his fists but his posse's: "I've never 'come after' that kid, it wasn't four a.m., that wasn't my girlfriend, no one was spitting, and I didn't attack him. .. The only thing I did was walk up to him and say 'You're that faggot from Wavves and I don't like you.' He smiled a bit but didn't say anything."
Later in the night Swilley stumbled into Wavves turf, where he "saw their tour manager hanging around with some guys. They started getting all chuckles with me and so I told them I wasn't gonna have it. After that, Wavves tour manager hit me square in the face with a bottle. Blood started pouring out and six dudes fucking started kicking me until I blacked out."
Swilley's full statement is pretty hilarious, and is worth a read by going to Buddyhead, where he published it.
Buddyhead, in fact, is currently in the process of taking this shit to the next level, says the site's Travis Keller. Keller writes via email that he's working setting up a boxing match between the dueling musicians, to be held in Los Angeles. Black Lips' Jared Swilley has verbally agreed -- or should we say, officially challenged? -- Nathan Williams of Wavves to a boxing match.
Writes Travis "Don King" Keller via email:
"We're gonna set up a boxing match between the two kids. We're getting sponsors now. Jared from The Black Lips told us he's 100% down to do it and we're waiting to hear back from Nathan but from what I've heard he's down too. The event itself is gonna be held in Los Angeles, in an actual boxing ring, will be filmed and the winner will not only win a "Buddyhead Title Belt" but he'll win a large cash prize."
Keller describes the bill thusly: "Two skinny white dorks with boxing gloves on trying to punch each other." He also wants them to do a split single on Buddyhead Records: "Diss tracks!"
West Coast Sound will keep you posted on any future developments. For now, we're going to talk to LA Weekly's marketing department about sponsorship ideas. What's rock & roll without a little violence?
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