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