It's like rock music's been soft ever since Coldplay came through and crushed the Billboard charts—but Nathan Williams ain't having it. His unabashed hard drug use and DIY "fuck the rest" attitude reminds us of a young Kurt Cobain. He even told us how much he listened to Nirvana before recording King of the Beach, and the influence shines through most on the album's highlight "Post Acid." Lines like "misery, will you comfort me?" give the record anthem status for angst-ridden youth, and the crisp production is a shot at the critics who didn't believe the California kid would ever grow up.