It is no secret that one of my favorite new projects going right now is Van Pierszalowski’s WATERS. The band’s debut release Out in the Light has grown in popularity amongst my fellow music junkies and still gets significant spin time in my rotation. WATERS is also responsible for one of my favorite live sets of this year when they supported Delta Spirit in March at Radio Radio. Those in attendance will not soon forget the energy of their performance and the connection they were able to make with the crowd. During the final song Pierszalowski jumped in the crowd and performed an unplugged version of “Mickey Mantle”, the last track on the album. This move certainly won Indianapolis over on the new project, and has forced me to listen to Out in the Light all the way through in order to relive this fantastic concert moment.
WATERS helped to extend my affection for this track when they released an unbelievably awesome video for “Mickey Mantle” late last week. According to their Facebook page, they wrote, shot, and edited this video in 48 hours using stop motion. I am not a huge music video guy, but this is one that grabbed my attention. Enjoy the video and do not miss your chance to see WATERS come back to Indianapolis to support Nada Surf on June 23 at Deluxe. Grab your tickets via MOKB Presents.
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Written by Brett McGrath
The best songs are generally great in any format. The Beach Boys classics would have been just as palatable with the band’s original five members blasting out pitch-perfect harmonies on a beach-side boardwalk, as in the studio with a symphony at their disposal. By the same token, Nirvana proved that their heavy grunge sound translated to an acoustic environment on their legendary Unplugged in New York album in the early 90s.
San Francisco rockers WATERS recently reaffirmed this theory during a bus session for Indie Ambassador at SXSW in Austin. Below, watch as WATERS performs a stripped-down version of their song “Mickey Mantle.” The song is every bit as vibrant as the album version. The band recently rocked Radio Radio in support of Delta Spirit. They will return to Indianapolis on June 23rd as the opening act for Nada Surf at Deluxe at Old National Centre. Grab tickets via MOKB Presents.
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Written by Rob Peoni
Today, the Bay Area’s CHURCHES released their debut, self-titled EP. The six tracks hit hard, pumping out at a palatable mixture of 90s-influenced indie rock. The project was produced by current WATERS and former Port O’Brien front man Van Pierszalowski. Pierszalowski’s influence is understated, but CHURCHES shares the energetic, guitar-driven sensibility that served as the cornerstone of WATERS’ debut Out in the Light.
Hoosier native Pat Spurgeon sets the beat for CHURCHES, rounding out their sound with cymbal-heavy percussion. Spurgeon gained national attention a few years back during his public struggle to find a living organ donor for his failing kidney. At the time, Spurgeon was holding down rhythm for the band Rogue Wave, forced to perform grueling dialysis treatments amidst a busy tour schedule. The experience was chronicled in the award-winning documentary D tour. Spurgeon’s story has placed him in the spotlight in the national debate over health care reform. Staying insured is often a struggle for full-time musicians with inconsistent paychecks.
However, this is not a post about Pat. This is a post about a new band that is worth your attention. I am particularly taken with tracks “SAVE ME”, “FEEL ALRIGHT” and the drum-driven “HUSK.” CHURCHES relies heavily on early grunge and alternative influences, but the soaring vocals lead singer Caleb Nichols prevents the project from dissolving into the darkness that dominated that scene. Stream the entirety of CHURCHES’ self-titled EP below. Name your price for a download via Bandcamp. West coast readers can catch the band live at one of the tour dates listed below.
Written by Rob Peoni