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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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Top Songs by

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