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