28 September 2009

It may not be hockey season yet, but there's still fighting.

On Friday night/Saturday morning, Wavves a.k.a. Nathan Williams allegedly attacked Black Lips bassist Jared Swilley outside a Brooklyn bar. Pitchfork reports that back in June, Swilley made some quasi-disparaging remarks regarding Williams. "I've heard stories from others that he's like a real dick. And just like a baby, thought he was really cool," Swilley told a Norwegian radio station.
According to Brooklyn Vegan, the confrontation took place outside a New York watering hole known as Daddy's. The blog, Pop Jew in Brooklyn, was on hand for the incident, and while they missed the beginning of it they were able to see people pulling the two individuals away from one another. According to reports, Swilley and a female accomplice then chased Williams down the street. The internets also says that Williams was unharmed while Swilley was bleeding.
Williams released a statement in which he says that Swilley was talking shit about him to his face, and that the female companion in question was spitting in people's faces. Williams maintained that he has no problem with any of the other members of the Black Lips, but didn't exactly sound remorseful either. "I just want to play music and have fun. It was unfortunate that it escalated to that point, but he got what was coming to him," Williams said.
Swilley also spoke on the incident, and contends that there was certainly not a fight. He further expounds that Wavves did not touch him, it was not 4 am when the event occurred, the female associate was not his girlfriend, and she was not spitting. To hammer his point home, Swilley said "I don't give a shit about that kid and his music." Swilley says that he arrived at Daddy's, and saw Williams talking to a photographer friend. Swilley then approached Williams, and said, "You're that faggot from Wavves and I don't like you." Swilley says that Williams said nothing after hearing this. According to Swilley, he went outside at this point and was then harassed by Wavves' tour manager who proceeded to strike Swilley in the face with a bottle thus causing the blood to flow. To top it off, a group of dudes started kicking Swilley repeatedly until he blacked out, presumably from being hit in the face with a bottle and then being kicked a bunch of times. 
Swilley ended his interview with this statement. "He's coming to Atlanta October 3rd adn we're gonna get ugly on him. We're gonna destroy their van, we're gonna destroy their faces, we're gonna get crazy on em'. Nasty style."
This beef looks like it may have legs, but nothing will be known for certain until Saturday to see if Swilley makes good on his promise. This reporter loves a brawl as much as the next guy, but reading Swilley's account makes this event sound more like the Perez Hilton/Will.i.am incident than a knock em' down brawl. Since there was alcohol involved, it may be hard to pin down the actual facts in this story, but nonetheless this definitely happened for the most part and presumably it is not over yet. More details as they come.

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