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December 9, 2011


Band to Watch: WATERS

by @thoughtontracks

Often, a new band enters my musical pipeline and my emotions quickly escalate, turning me into to a fanatic patron. When a new find impacts me at such an expedited pace, I always search for the reason. The quest for understanding my new partnership causes me to explore the bands differentiations in my musical marketplace.  The best musical shopping spree occurs when I stroll down the aisles of my mind to find that what separates this new band from all the others. It is like putting your head under a warm faucet after a brisk winters walk.  The experience is comfortable, soothing, and extended. The band drenches me with their sound.   Once the sound has simmered and the songs have gained a certain validity, the post purchase discovery reveals connections to other artists in my library.  I am proud to say that I have been sold and am now a new follower of WATERS.

WATERS is the project of Van Pierszalowski, lead singer of now defunct San Fran band Port O’Brien.  This band won me over in 2007 with their release All We Could Do Was Sing. Their folky, indie rock twang filled a special spot on my list of favorites. If you have been in a funk after the Port O’Brien departure, WATERS will cause you to float back to surface.

WATERS’ debut Out In the Light was released earlier this fall and I cannot quit sailing with it.  Their first single ‘”For the One” hit the Sirius airwaves and I was rocked.  It brought Pierszalowski’s voice back to me with a rocking lo-fi sound.  This formula makes me weak.  The song ‘Take Me Out To The Coast” serves as the captain to my winter expedition. Pierszalowski’s inviting words: “I can’t belong to a scene with no one else” forces us all to feel as if we are setting to sea with a trusted skipper.  I will continue to cruise with WATERS as their expedition has just begun.  As I follow Van Pierszalowski’s lead, I continue to remind myself that once you buy-in, there always exists opportunities to be sold a second time.

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Check out the wild video for “For the One”:

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Written by Brett McGrath

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