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Wavves

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 F**ked 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. ~ Jason Lymangrover, Rovi
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Where is spirit club?
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Wavves is where it's f**king at!!!!!
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I'll be honest, i did find out about them from Gta 5 but I like more then one song from these guys. Im glad i got into them.
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I love Wavves <3
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fieldingalex 8 2
um wait this songs called nodding off not poor lenore. why is it listed as a totally different song?
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Favorite group!
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Absolutely in love with Afraid Of Heights and Life Sux. The Conan performance was fantastic.
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its i wana meet dave grohl tbh
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THIS IS A PROBLEM: THEIR SONG "I WANNA BE DAVE GHROL" IS LISTED AS "NODDING OFF", PLS FIX THIS
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fav. been a fan since 2010.
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yessssss
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I've been a fan since before gta..
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Keepin it rad!
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Wavves never gets old
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Christ when did wavves blow up? F**kin annoying
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Wavves are bad a** def something I could surf to
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Your no fun
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Sorry- i took the "likes" from 420 to 421.
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<3333
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This song never ever gets old.
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90srockfan10 1
I hope he starts going super lo-fi again like on the wavves album; not that his new stuff isn't bad. I love it.
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gabrielacabr e r a 5 8
Love them
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Freaking Slacker from So Cal,,,I can dig it.
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This dude is so friggin catchy. I wonder if he still uses GarageBand for his songs...
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kylepennn
Wavves is great
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wavves rocks tho, as does best coast and cats and pot
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obviously he had a hip hop blog hes a suburban kid born in the 90's
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Bromide your wrong...it's the s**t
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dbell174
they played 14 encores at bonnaroo.... e p i c
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wak
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This band is so f**king rad :)
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bromide01
I'm not sure this is the shit.
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candy072003
he's pretty awesomes
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maribelcueva s 6
xoxo
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what an interesting story up there in the bio section. get King of the Beach up here, Pandora!
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OH I FORGOT TO CURSE IN MY POST... sh*t
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yes please....
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Yeah, Wavves is the s**t, I mean damn, great no-fi poppy punk. Bringing it back to basics. Love it!
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Wavves is the s**t, anyone into lo-fi rock should listen to this s**t.
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Wavves is f**king awesome, wanted to see them at SXSW but I had to other, less important things.
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Hip hop blog? Really?
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Good album if you like this sort of thing...

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