YEAR RELEASED: 2009
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Weed Demon, So Bored, California Goths, To The Dregs, No Hope Kids
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Oh, no
LINEUP: Nathan Williams, Ryan Ulsh
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Noisy lo-fi noise that has songs lurking under the noise. There’s noise.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: I tried again; I really did. And I did notice some actual melodies and such underneath the white noise generator. But I guess I should turn in my 2009 hipster card, because, I…no….I can’t deal.
Williams has a gift of melody; he truly does. In later albums you can HEAR it. You can’t here. I don’t want this in the catalog.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This has three “v’s” as opposed to his debut which had two “v’s”
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, three extra tracks.
GRADE: C-: I am exiling this (and decided to exile their first) because I can’t deal with the distortion of noise..
YEAR RELEASED: 2008
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: California Goth
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not unless you were a skate-rat hipster doofus.
LINEUP: Nathan Williams
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: One man band with an old sounding tape recorder doesn’t care about pegging the meter most times – and liking this all depends on your tolerance for that kind of thing no matter how catchy some of the tunes are.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Lots of fuzz, lots of vocal effects, and it’s loud. Yeah, loud, and not in a rock-and-roll way. In a ‘wow this was recorded way too hot’ way.
Still, with that, there’s some good, catchy stuff in here if you can pick through it and deal with lo-fi. There’s some real noise here too that you should exile. The tunefulness makes it a little easier to go down. But I still want to get him a new recorder or something – maybe turn down his mixing board a smidge?
No doubt this would be a favorite of the characters Kyle Mooney plays on SNL – the Cali skate rat.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Everything on this album is done by Williams, for better or worse.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: C+: Some good stuff, but watch the levels, man!