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