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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 GarageBand 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 off-stage. 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 bassist Stephen Pope and drummer Billy Hayes, former bandmates of the late Jay Reatard. 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 -- releasing their SV album in July 2013. Not content to stop at two, in 2014 he formed another band, Spirit Club, which featured his brother again, as well as 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. The band jumped back out on the road after the album dropped, playing a series of dates with Cherry Glazerr and Best Coast. Wavves' tenure with Warner Bros. proved brief, and the next album was released on Williams' own Ghost Ramp label. The sample-heavy You're Welcome was mainly recorded by Williams alone, with contributions from his bandmates (Pope, guitarist Alex Gates, and drummer Brian Hill) added separately, one at a time. ~ Jason Lymangrover
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  1.   Song
  2.   Demon to Lean On
  3.   King of the Beach
  4.   Post Acid
  5.   Million Enemies
  6.   Way Too Much
  7.   Super Soaker
  8.   Bug
  9.   Baby Say Goodbye
  10.   I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl
  11.   Pony
  12.   You're Welcome
  13.   Daisy
  14.   Flamezesz
  15.   When Will You Come
  16.   Idiot
  17.   My Head Hurts
  18.   Leave
  19.   Green Eyes
  20.   Linus Spacehead
  21.   Nine is God
  22.   Convertible Balloon
  23.   Baseball Cards
  24.   Take on the World
  25.   So Bored
  26.   Summer Goth
  27.   Beach Goth
  28.   Come to the Valley
  29.   Gimme a Knife
  30.   Destroy (feat. Members of Fucked Up)
  31.   Poor Lenore
  32.   Mickey Mouse
  33.   Yoked
  34.   Lover
  35.   Loser Year
  36.   Mystic
  37.   Gun In the Sun
  38.   Heavy Metal Detox
  39.   Surf Goth
  40.   Beat Me Up
  41.   Goth Girls
  42.   Wait
  43.   Nodding Off by Best Coast
  44.   The Boys Will Love Us
  45.   To the Dregs
  46.   Beach Demon
  47.   Killr Punx, Scary Demons
  48.   No Shade
  49.   Here's To The Sun
  50.   Stupid in Love
  51.   California Goths
  52.   Lunge Forward
  53.   Rainbow Everywhere
  54.   I Love You
  55.   Sail to the Sun
  56.   Sun Opens My Eyes
  57.   Afraid of Heights
  58.   Wavves
  59.   Teenage Super Party
  60.   Hippies is Punks
  61.   Paranoid
  62.   Dreams of Grandeur
  63.   Vermin
  64.   Cop
  65.   Side Yr On
  66.   Under
  67.   Exercise
  68.   Cry Baby
  69.   Tarantula
  70.   Redlead
  71.   I Can't Dream
  72.   Space Raider
  73.   Spaced Raider
  74.   All the Same
  75.   Heart Attack
  76.   The Lung
  77.   That's on Me
  78.   TV Luv Song
  79.   Hollowed Out
  80.   Weed Demon
  81.   Dog
  82.   Intro Goth
  83.   Animal
  84.   No Hope Kids
  85.   Mutant
  86.   Everything Is My Fault