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King of the Beach


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There are a good number of bloggers who are crowning San Diego’s Nathan Williams as the king of 21st-century surf music, never mind that he doesn’t even surf or that his project Wavves was named after his fear of the ocean. But Wavves doesn’t aspire to sound like the Beach Boys. Though Williams adheres to (and makes fun of) surfy themes, his sound contrasts fuzzed-out, lo-fi, indie-rock with bubblegum sticky pop that radiates overly sunny melodies. There’s also a punch of loudness culled from a collection of old school skate-punk 45s and ‘60s garage rock. Wavves’ third studio album was recorded at Williams' parents’ house with the late Jay Reatard’s rhythm section and it sounds more polished thanks to producer Dennis Herring. The title-track is a catchy introduction, but things really get going with the hyperactive “Super Soaker” which parties hard with a keg of reverb, warbly tremolo, Ritalin-deprived vocals and a Farfisa organ. “Post Acid” is an infectious standout that plays like Seth Bogart from Hunx and His Punx hijacking the Vivian Girls.

Customer Reviews

Must own!

This is such a good album. Very garage/catchy-california lo-fi sound. Love it!

album of the summer!

buy this album for the soundtrack for your summer.

sweet mother of pearl.

this is the soundtrack to my summer.


Formed: 2008 in San Diego, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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