Slacker Logo
Tuning

Artist

Wavves

ON AIR
Advertisement
Advertisement
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
Read More Read Less

Stations Featuring
Wavves

    Top Indie

    Top Indie
    6 songs

    Indie Rock Mix

    Indie Rock Mix
    6 songs

    Indie Party

    Indie Party
    6 songs

Albums by
Wavves

Top Songs by
Wavves

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