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Named for his fear of the ocean, Wavves, the skuzzy project of San Diego slacker Nathan Williams, is a blend of distorted no-fi and refined sunshiny melodies. Charmingly messy, most of his lyrics, while difficult to decipher, generally revolve around the subjects of weed, boredom, and the beach -- when he isn't poking jabs at the gloomy subculture of goth rock (a common theme, found in "Goth Girls," "California Goths," "Summer Goths," "Surf Goths," and "Beach Goths"). Wavves was conceived just after Williams, at age 21, quit his job as a clerk at Music Trader, while he was dividing his free time between skateboarding, writing for his hip-hop blog, Ghost Ramp, and making music using an '80s Tascam cassette recorder and GarageBand software. Due to his inexperience with the program, the result of one month's worth of bedroom recording sessions was two full albums of songs: all completely mangled by overdriven inputs. Rather than scrapping the material, he embraced the in-the-red aesthetic and started promoting the songs online. Wavves was quickly embraced and touted as "the next big thing" by Internet music critics and fellow bloggers. Many praised the immediacy and D.I.Y. nature of his work, and Williams capitalized on those aspects, continuously uploading free digital versions of his music -- including two 7" singles, a cassette, and an EP -- all with simple self-drawn artwork or scanned photos for cover art. Wavves' first LP, simply titled Wavves, became available around this time as well, and it was released in a limited run by Woodsist. The more confusingly titled Wavvves (note the third "V") followed just after, and was planned for release by De Stijl before Williams jumped ship to Fat Possum. After the track list was revamped, the release date was pushed back a month and Wavvves was officially made available on March 17, 2009. After receiving mostly glowing reviews in April, Wavves got his share of bad press in late May. While performing live at the Primavera Sound Festival, assisted by drummer Ryan Ulsh, Williams had a minor meltdown and walked off-stage. Later, he issued an apology, chalking up the incident to poor decision-making and a drug concoction of ecstasy, Valium, and Xanax. In 2010, after recording a few tracks with indie drummer extraordinaire Zach Hill, Williams entered the studio with Grammy-winning producer Dennis Herring to record a straightforward and surprisingly polished album. Following the August release of King of the Beach, Wavves toured as a trio with Williams assisted by bassist Stephen Pope and drummer Billy Hayes, former bandmates of the late Jay Reatard. After parting with Fat Possum, Williams released a new EP in the fall of 2011 under the Wavves name, titled Life Sux, featuring guest appearances by Best Coast and Fucked Up. He and Pope then began recording a new album with the production help of John Hill (Rihanna, Santigold), using their own money to finance the project. Mom + Pop signed the band and released the slickly produced, very '90s-influenced Afraid of Heights in early spring of 2013. Williams next focused on his beat-driven project Sweet Valley -- which he and his brother Joel started in 2012 -- releasing their SV album in July 2013. Not content to stop at two, in 2014 he formed another band, Spirit Club, which featured his brother again, as well as Andrew Caddick (aka Jeans Wilder). Williams' collaborative spirit remained unquenchable and he teamed with Dylan Baldi of Cloud Nothings to record an album, No Life for Me, in 2014. It was released by Williams' Ghost Ramp label, right before Wavves' fifth album. The stripped-down, very hooky V was their first album for Warner Bros. and the process was painful for Williams, as a series of angry tweets sent out just before the September 2015 release date made clear. The band jumped back out on the road after the album dropped, playing a series of dates with Cherry Glazerr and Best Coast. Wavves' tenure with Warner Bros. proved brief, and the next album was released on Williams' own Ghost Ramp label. The sample-heavy You're Welcome was mainly recorded by Williams alone, with contributions from his bandmates (Pope, guitarist Alex Gates, and drummer Brian Hill) added separately, one at a time. ~ Jason Lymangrover
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Albums by
Wavves

Top Songs by
Wavves

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Demon to Lean On
  3.   King of the Beach
  4.   Post Acid
  5.   Way Too Much
  6.   Million Enemies
  7.   Flamezesz
  8.   Bug
  9.   I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl
  10.   Super Soaker
  11.   Baby Say Goodbye
  12.   Daisy
  13.   Pony
  14.   My Head Hurts
  15.   Leave
  16.   Nine is God
  17.   Green Eyes
  18.   Linus Spacehead
  19.   Convertible Balloon
  20.   Take on the World
  21.   When Will You Come
  22.   Idiot
  23.   Baseball Cards
  24.   Beach Goth
  25.   California Goths
  26.   Dreams of Grandeur
  27.   Vermin
  28.   Destroy (feat. Members of Fucked Up)
  29.   Sun Opens My Eyes
  30.   Exercise
  31.   Animal
  32.   Redlead
  33.   Hippies is Punks
  34.   Gimme a Knife
  35.   Paranoid
  36.   Lunge Forward
  37.   Mickey Mouse
  38.   Space Raider
  39.   Dog
  40.   Rainbow Everywhere
  41.   Summer Goth
  42.   Loser Year
  43.   No Hope Kids
  44.   Goth Girls
  45.   Hollowed Out
  46.   Heart Attack
  47.   Heavy Metal Detox
  48.   Beat Me Up
  49.   Afraid of Heights
  50.   Nodding Off by Best Coast
  51.   Wavves
  52.   To the Dregs
  53.   Beach Demon
  54.   Killr Punx, Scary Demons
  55.   Yoked
  56.   Tarantula
  57.   So Bored
  58.   Stupid in Love
  59.   The Boys Will Love Us
  60.   That's on Me
  61.   Under
  62.   Weed Demon
  63.   Everything Is My Fault
  64.   All the Same
  65.   I Can't Dream
  66.   Mutant
  67.   Gun In the Sun
  68.   Teenage Super Party
  69.   Poor Lenore
  70.   Spaced Raider
  71.   Mystic
  72.   Lover
  73.   Cry Baby
  74.   Intro Goth
  75.   Sail to the Sun
  76.   No Shade
  77.   Come to the Valley
  78.   Here's To The Sun
  79.   Cop
  80.   TV Luv Song
  81.   Wait
  82.   I Love You
  83.   You're Welcome
  84.   Side Yr On
  85.   Surf Goth