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Editors’ Notes

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


wavves truly reinvents his sound on this album. nathan tinkers with electronics and looping on tracks like mickey mouse. NO MORE FUZZ. never thought i would say it....but i kinda miss it. dont buy it on itunes...wait till it comes out on vinyl august 3rd. a little more angst on this album as opposed to the previous two...yet another thing i did not think wavves could accomplish. seriously though...dont download it online. go to a record store...a real one...and by a CD or a record. for old times sake. pauly shores king of the skweerrlsss

Refreshing to the ears

I've been following Wavves for a while and i can honestly say that their previous albums became a chore to listen to after 20+ plays. The fact that this was recorded in an actual studio instead of through the microphone on a macbook makes it so much more refreshing and enjoyable. Now with songs like "Idiot" and "Post Acid" i actually have a melody stuck in my head. Instead of just lo-fi noise. But don't get me wrong here because thats what made me fall in love with them in the first place. Overall i think it's their best material so far


Love the new album, I will be playing this and the new "COMMAND X" album all 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 after...
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