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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 Garage Band 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 offstage. 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 former bandmates of the late Jay Reatard, bassist Stephen Pope and drummer Billy Hayes. 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 -- realeasing their album SV in July 2013. Not content to stop at two, he formed another band, Spirit Club, in 2014 which featured his brother again, and 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. ~ Jason Lymangrover
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Stations Featuring
Wavves

    Top Indie

    Top Indie
    7 songs

    Indie Rock Mix

    Indie Rock Mix
    7 songs

    Indie Party

    Indie Party
    7 songs

    New Indie First

    New Indie First
    1 song

    New Alternative First

    1 song

Albums by
Wavves

Top Songs by
Wavves

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

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