Artist Biography Wavves is an American rock band, based in San Diego, California. Formed in 2008 by singer-songwriter Nathan Williams, the band also features Alex Gates (guitar), Stephen Pope (bass) and Brian Hill (drums).Wavves started in 2008 as the recording project of Nathan Williams. Wavves released several 7"s as well as a cassette leading up to the first two releases, Wavves (Woodsist) and Wavvves (Fat Possum/Bella Union). After gaining recognition, Ryan Ulsh was enlisted as a touring drummer and Wavves embarked on their first US and European tours. Wavves released their self-titled debut album in 2008, subsequently drawing the attention of Pitchfork Media. At the time, the band consisted of guitarist Nathan Williams and drummer Ryan Ulsh.