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Low-fi brat Nathan Williams' new EP hinges on the chipper single "I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl," a typically concise blast of thick surf-pop guitars, laconically distorted vocals and singsong refrain. The idolatry makes sense: The San Diego native shares Grohl's knack for blending volatile punk and pop hooks. Williams keeps impressive company on this follow-up to last year's sensational King of the Beach: Beth Cosentino of Best Coast sings Pixies-style harmonies on "Nodding Off," and he howls along with Fucked Up on "Destroy," which is full of hardcore screams and little else. Dave Grohl's going to love it.

Listen to "I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl":

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From The Archives Issue 1142: October 27, 2011