On the Couch: Winter Wave

Rachel Cazares

Video by Michael Herrera and John Crone

“On the Couch” is a (roughly) bi-weekly interview segment at Spinnaker Radio with local and visiting music artists. Produced by the combined forces of Radio, Print and TV, “On the Couch” is an engaging exploration of independent artists. The show consists of two acoustic performances as well as a brief back and forth with the artists.

Josh Cobb of Winter Wave. Photo by Riley Labaw

For the Oct. 16 installation of “On the Couch,” local band Winter Wave (well, one of the guys) stopped in to play us some of their indie punk rock and enlighten us on the importance of one of their main influences, The Beach Boys.

Lead vocalist Josh Cobb was the only member on our couch Friday, because the others were at work and have “bills to pay,” apparently. Pfft, what are bills?

Cobb let us know about Winter Wave’s new album Paranoia coming out Oct. 30, their Jaguars game watch parties, being robbers and how they’ve changed since they were My Getaway circa 2005.

“Since 2005? Hm. Maybe gotten worse? I don’t know,” Cobb said about growing up from My Getaway. “Our songs are definitely simpler now, which is really funny. When you’re in high school I think you’re trying to show off, ya know, so you’re like shredding on every song. These songs are all really simple, all about melody than trying to show off and be cool.”

Listen to the song “Paranoia” on SoundCloud below:

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Here’s a brief history of Winter Wave, courtesy of Cobb:

At a Winter Wave show you are instantly transformed into a party atmosphere. The beer goes down a little faster and tastes a little better as the band whips around on stage. In an era clouded by drum machines and synthesized sonics, Winter Wave breaks through the fog with an unapologetic rock and roll sound from Jacksonville, Florida.

Brian Wilson falsettos are melded effortlessly with Josh Cobb’s angsty baritone vocals and beefy guitars. Alex Dumas and Mark Daley nail down the gritty rhythm section of the band. The primitive rhythm makes you want to jump up and down and shout along with the endless hooks.

Formed in 2013, the band members are no strangers to each other. They toured together in their high school punk band (My Getaway) for close to seven years before calling it quits in 2009. In the meantime, frontman Josh Cobb was formulating the new sound that would later become Winter Wave. The surf and garage rock of the 1960s, as well as alternative and grunge rockers of the 1990s, heavily influenced him.

After throwing together a few intentionally lo-fi demos, Josh enlisted Alex and Mark to join in. They didn’t miss a beat, and everybody was on board. Winter Wave’s first full-length record entitled Paranoia is set to come out on Oct. 30. The self-produced and self-released album is a direct representation of the energy and feelings that are conjured up from the live show. Many of the lyrics touch on the feeling of being an outsider and the struggle to accept that. Catchy hooks from songs like “Robbery” and “Paranoia” make you want to listen over and over again. The album ends with a surfy love song “Shipwreck” that is sure to top the next mixtape you make for your sweetheart.

There’s only one way to listen to the new Winter Wave record and that is as loud as possible.

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