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
Waters is the solo project of Van Pierszalowski, former front man of the now defunct Port O’Brien. We featured the band in our Band to Watch last month. MOKB Presents will bring Pierszalowski and fellow West Coast indie starlets Delta Spirit to Radio Radio on Saturday, March 24th. Tickets are $15, a pittance considering the fun that is almost certain to ensue. Waters recently visited the folks at Quit Mumbling to record one of their QMtv Sessions. The results are featured below, a stripped-down, acoustic take on the song “Mickey Mantle.” Enjoy the video and come out for the show!
Written by Rob Peoni