After the folk group Port O’Brien broke up, front man Van Pierszalowski forged WATERS, whose debut album Out In the Light came out last year. Pierszalowski took a departure from the acoustic, indie stylings of Port O’Brien and forged a distorted, lo-fi rock soundscape to introduce fans to a new side of the Bay Area artist.
The band combines the overdriven vocals and guitar riffs of a dirty garage band with catchy, sensible pop hooks in a warped fusion of melody and grit. While the band definitly have their slower tracks, the distorted attack still clings onto the guitar strings, such as on “San Francisco.”
Check out their album opener “For the One” below. Whether or not you dig the trippy visuals of the video, you’ll at least be bobbing your head to Pierszalowski’s infectious vocals as the band pounds riff after riff along to the crushing drums.
Ian Birnam is the lead music critic. Contact him at [email protected]
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