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