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Wavves’ 2011 Life Sux EP finds Nathan Williams exercising more creative freedom than before. “Bug” opens championing the seminal Dinosaur Jr. album of the same name, featuring erratic guitar fuzz and misanthropic lyrics. But from inside the cracks of his hero worship, Williams sprouts catchy melodies that resonate with his own tone. Conversely, his lyrics simmer under the driving guitar pop of “I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl.” Here he heavily blurs the lines between homage and mockery in much the same way that Stephen Malkmus sang about R.E.M. in Pavement’s “The Unseen Power of the Picket Fence.” Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino sings along with Williams on “Nodding Off,” which plays with near-perfect symbiosis. On one hand, it sounds like Best Coast just got tougher and endearingly rougher around the edges. On the other hand, it can be said that she gives Wavves a welcome, more overt poppiness.


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 after...
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