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

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