BlackWaters

Musicians — Guildford

Name?
BlackWaters

Where are you from?
All over the place, but we're based in sunny Guildford.

What do you do?
James - Bang the drums.
Ollie - Bass.
David - play guitar and occasionally have a bit of a singalong with max.
Max - I sing in the band.

Describe your style in three words?
D - Tucked In Tops.
O - Boy or Girl?
M - F***-in-brilliant.

If you could make a record with anyone from history?
J - Jonathan Richman cos he's a right weirdo. 'Pablo Picasso' is a good tune.
D - Damon Albarn. I'd love to see him at work. His writing seems to have no boundaries. Gorillaz latest album is miles away from Blur. 
O - Simon Neil, something like 'A Whole Child Ago' or 'Fingers or Toes'. He's just such an interesting songwriter, in particular, his guitar playing.
M - Lou Reed, my favourite songwriter. would be awesome to make a record with him, a tune like 'I Can't Stand It' proper rock n roll n that.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
J - FIDLAR at the Brixton Electric. Mental shit. Just loads of kids going mad, nothing better.
O - I agree, 'Cocaine' is such a tune, one of those gigs when it gets hard to breathe.
D - Or The Cribs headlining Camden Rocks festival. Hearing all those bangers one after another while pissed and with your best mates, nothing beats it. 
M - Hard to say really considering everyone I've been out myself to see I've loved but yeah I'd agree with James FIDLAR. pure craziness. 'The Punk Are Finally Taking Acid'. Tune.

What British music icons inspire your sound today?
J - The Clash, John Cooper Clarke, Iggy Pop, Oasis are all in there. 'Teenage Kicks' by The Undertones I think sounds like a lot of our stuff.
D - Big up The Undertones.
M - Well answered James. Forgot our Lou and I'd like to throw in The Kinks too. everything inspires us, man.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
J - I'd really like to hang with Quentin Tarantino because I think his movies are cool as f***. Some of the quotes in Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction are genius.
D - Sean Connery. Has the coolest voice in the business and after all, he's James Bond.
O - Jimi Hendrix, just to jam out a bit.
M - Malcolm McClaren, the Sex Pistols manager would've liked to hear all the crazy stories when the Sex Pistols were killing it here.

Which British subculture means the most to you?
J - It's gotta punk really. Although I love the effect ska had on Britain. Would definitely say it changed a lot.
O - Teds or Punks.
M - Punk. It gave everyone a voice to shout.
D - Hands down, punk.

If you could share the bill with any British band in history?
J - Probably The Stooges. That would be a weird but fun night.
O - Biffy Clyro. They'll have a mad crowd and it would just be an honour.
M - The Clash, straight up bangers, easily relatable bangers that's why 'I'm so bored with the USA'.

What music did you listen to growing up?
J - My Mum always had Ian Dury on in the car and my Dad loved Led Zeppelin so those two were always on the family playlist. Love Bonham and Charlie Charles playing.
D - My dad loved 'IV' by Led Zeppelin too, had a bit of Alanis Morissette, Foo Fighters and Green Day too.
O - 'BYOB' by System of a Down.
M - Growing up I was caught up in anything that excited me, to be honest. Any song. Ketchup song. Banger.


BlackWaters are an indie punk outfit from Guildford who featured as part of our British New Wave 2017 where we said they "reboot British punk circa '76 for a new generation by capturing the essence of disaffected youth"

BlackWaters released their official debut EP 'People Street' in June 2018 which you can listen to via Spotify below. Catch them on tour celebrating its release throughout the UK in July. Tickets and details can be found here.

What was the first song you played on repeat?
J - 'Bebot' by Black Eyed Peas. BANGA.
O - 'Replay' by Iyaz, obviously.
D - I am going to be a dick and say that I have a rule where I never listen to songs on repeat.

One record you would keep forever?
J - 'A Day In The Life' by the Beatles. Amazing tune. I think you hear the clear difference between Lennon and McCartney in that song.
O - 'Stayin' Alive' by Bee Gees.
D - 'Sweet Disposition' by The Temper Trap.
M - 'I'm Waiting For The Man' by Lou Reed / The Velvet Underground. Think this song is like 2/3 chords and it's in my top 5 tunes. simplicity at its finest.

A song from your favourite album?
J - 'From The Ritz To The Rubble' on the Arctic Monkeys first album. Amazing album.
O - 'The Walk' by Periphery from 'Periphery'.
D - Don't really have a favourite album, but I'll pick 'My Hero' by Foo Fighters from 'The Colour And The Shape'.

A song you wish you had written?
J - 'I Wanna Be Your Dog' by The Stooges. That's a tune for late at night.
O - 'Hedwig's Theme' by John Williams.
D - 'Mr. Brightside' by The Killers.
M - 'Gangnam Style' by PSY, imagine the royalties on that bad boy.

The song that defines the teenage you?
J - Probably 'Mallrats' by The Orwells. Those guys are crazy.
O - 'Boom Boom Boom' by The Outhere Brothers.
D - 'Fat Lip' by Sum 41.
M - 'Lust For Life' by Iggy Pop.

What was the last piece of music you bought?
J - 'Paul' by Girl Band. That s*** is weird and I love it.
O - 'Alpha' by Periphery.
D - 'Town Called Malice' by The Jam - 12" vinyl with the B-side 'Precious'.
M - The second Stooges record ['Funhouse'] and I f***ing love it.

A song lyric that inspires you?
J - "I need to be myself, I can't be no-one else, 
I'm feeling supersonic, Give me gin and tonic,
You can have it all but how much do you want it?" 'Supersonic' by Oasis.
O - "I pissed in the kitchen sink, while she slowly undressed." Truly inspiring. '1049 Gotho' by Idles.
D - "You've got a lot to say, but don't mention, the mirror kissing ways of the hipster type." 'Mirror Kissers' by The Cribs.
M - "It's hard to look right, at you baby, so here's my number, so call me maybe." Beautiful. 'Call Me Maybe' by Carly Rae Jepson.

Is there a song you like that people wouldn’t expect?
J - 'Glad You Came' by The Wanted. Blaring out my room all day long.
O - 'C***crusher' by Infant Annihilato.
D - 'Lady (Hear Me Tonight)' by Modjo.
M - 'Macarena' by Los Del Río.

Best love song of all time?
J - 'Waterloo Sunset' by The Kinks. Don't know if it is actually a love song but I see it as one.
O - 'Never Gonna Give You Up' by Rick Astley. 
D - 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' by Joy Division.
M - 'English Rose' by The Jam, f***ing lovely tune.

Best song to turn up loud?
J - 'Song 2' by Blur.
O - Sandstorm - Darude.
D - A quality shout that, James.
M - 'Territorial Pissings' by Nirvana

Best song to bring people together?
J - 'Best Of Friends' by Palma Violets or 'West Coast' by FIDLAR. Had many a good night to them two.
O -'Come Together' by The Beatles, literally.
D - 'Bohemian Rhapsody' by Queen, of course.
M - 'Stevie' by Kasabian.

Any songs by new bands you can’t stop listening to right now?
J - 'Terrorist Synthesizer' by Cabbage. 
'The Lick' by Shame.
'Social Experiment ' by Dead Pretties.
'Country Sleaze' by Goat Girl.
O - 'Divide and Conquer' by Idles. Just sick mate.
'Succubus' by Demob Happy. Some real great stuff Harrar!
'Handmade Cities' by Plini. Beautiful guitar playing.
'Of Matter - Retrospect' by TesseracT. F***ing grindy tune but also pretty.
D - 'Ramona Flowers' by The Blinders.
'Well Done' by Idles.
'No Kamikaze' by The Jacques.
'To The Door' by HMLTD.

Name?
BlackWaters

Where are you from?
All over the place, but we're based in sunny Guildford.

What do you do?
James - Bang the drums.
Ollie - Bass.
David - play guitar and occasionally have a bit of a singalong with max.
Max - I sing in the band.

Describe your style in three words?
D - Tucked In Tops.
O - Boy or Girl?
M - F***-in-brilliant.

If you could make a record with anyone from history?
J - Jonathan Richman cos he's a right weirdo. 'Pablo Picasso' is a good tune.
D - Damon Albarn. I'd love to see him at work. His writing seems to have no boundaries. Gorillaz latest album is miles away from Blur. 
O - Simon Neil, something like 'A Whole Child Ago' or 'Fingers or Toes'. He's just such an interesting songwriter, in particular, his guitar playing.
M - Lou Reed, my favourite songwriter. would be awesome to make a record with him, a tune like 'I Can't Stand It' proper rock n roll n that.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
J - FIDLAR at the Brixton Electric. Mental shit. Just loads of kids going mad, nothing better.
O - I agree, 'Cocaine' is such a tune, one of those gigs when it gets hard to breathe.
D - Or The Cribs headlining Camden Rocks festival. Hearing all those bangers one after another while pissed and with your best mates, nothing beats it. 
M - Hard to say really considering everyone I've been out myself to see I've loved but yeah I'd agree with James FIDLAR. pure craziness. 'The Punk Are Finally Taking Acid'. Tune.

What British music icons inspire your sound today?
J - The Clash, John Cooper Clarke, Iggy Pop, Oasis are all in there. 'Teenage Kicks' by The Undertones I think sounds like a lot of our stuff.
D - Big up The Undertones.
M - Well answered James. Forgot our Lou and I'd like to throw in The Kinks too. everything inspires us, man.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
J - I'd really like to hang with Quentin Tarantino because I think his movies are cool as f***. Some of the quotes in Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction are genius.
D - Sean Connery. Has the coolest voice in the business and after all, he's James Bond.
O - Jimi Hendrix, just to jam out a bit.
M - Malcolm McClaren, the Sex Pistols manager would've liked to hear all the crazy stories when the Sex Pistols were killing it here.

Which British subculture means the most to you?
J - It's gotta punk really. Although I love the effect ska had on Britain. Would definitely say it changed a lot.
O - Teds or Punks.
M - Punk. It gave everyone a voice to shout.
D - Hands down, punk.

If you could share the bill with any British band in history?
J - Probably The Stooges. That would be a weird but fun night.
O - Biffy Clyro. They'll have a mad crowd and it would just be an honour.
M - The Clash, straight up bangers, easily relatable bangers that's why 'I'm so bored with the USA'.

What music did you listen to growing up?
J - My Mum always had Ian Dury on in the car and my Dad loved Led Zeppelin so those two were always on the family playlist. Love Bonham and Charlie Charles playing.
D - My dad loved 'IV' by Led Zeppelin too, had a bit of Alanis Morissette, Foo Fighters and Green Day too.
O - 'BYOB' by System of a Down.
M - Growing up I was caught up in anything that excited me, to be honest. Any song. Ketchup song. Banger.


BlackWaters are an indie punk outfit from Guildford who featured as part of our British New Wave 2017 where we said they "reboot British punk circa '76 for a new generation by capturing the essence of disaffected youth"

BlackWaters released their official debut EP 'People Street' in June 2018 which you can listen to via Spotify below. Catch them on tour celebrating its release throughout the UK in July. Tickets and details can be found here.

What was the first song you played on repeat?
J - 'Bebot' by Black Eyed Peas. BANGA.
O - 'Replay' by Iyaz, obviously.
D - I am going to be a dick and say that I have a rule where I never listen to songs on repeat.

One record you would keep forever?
J - 'A Day In The Life' by the Beatles. Amazing tune. I think you hear the clear difference between Lennon and McCartney in that song.
O - 'Stayin' Alive' by Bee Gees.
D - 'Sweet Disposition' by The Temper Trap.
M - 'I'm Waiting For The Man' by Lou Reed / The Velvet Underground. Think this song is like 2/3 chords and it's in my top 5 tunes. simplicity at its finest.

A song from your favourite album?
J - 'From The Ritz To The Rubble' on the Arctic Monkeys first album. Amazing album.
O - 'The Walk' by Periphery from 'Periphery'.
D - Don't really have a favourite album, but I'll pick 'My Hero' by Foo Fighters from 'The Colour And The Shape'.

A song you wish you had written?
J - 'I Wanna Be Your Dog' by The Stooges. That's a tune for late at night.
O - 'Hedwig's Theme' by John Williams.
D - 'Mr. Brightside' by The Killers.
M - 'Gangnam Style' by PSY, imagine the royalties on that bad boy.

The song that defines the teenage you?
J - Probably 'Mallrats' by The Orwells. Those guys are crazy.
O - 'Boom Boom Boom' by The Outhere Brothers.
D - 'Fat Lip' by Sum 41.
M - 'Lust For Life' by Iggy Pop.

What was the last piece of music you bought?
J - 'Paul' by Girl Band. That s*** is weird and I love it.
O - 'Alpha' by Periphery.
D - 'Town Called Malice' by The Jam - 12" vinyl with the B-side 'Precious'.
M - The second Stooges record ['Funhouse'] and I f***ing love it.

A song lyric that inspires you?
J - "I need to be myself, I can't be no-one else, 
I'm feeling supersonic, Give me gin and tonic,
You can have it all but how much do you want it?" 'Supersonic' by Oasis.
O - "I pissed in the kitchen sink, while she slowly undressed." Truly inspiring. '1049 Gotho' by Idles.
D - "You've got a lot to say, but don't mention, the mirror kissing ways of the hipster type." 'Mirror Kissers' by The Cribs.
M - "It's hard to look right, at you baby, so here's my number, so call me maybe." Beautiful. 'Call Me Maybe' by Carly Rae Jepson.

Is there a song you like that people wouldn’t expect?
J - 'Glad You Came' by The Wanted. Blaring out my room all day long.
O - 'C***crusher' by Infant Annihilato.
D - 'Lady (Hear Me Tonight)' by Modjo.
M - 'Macarena' by Los Del Río.

Best love song of all time?
J - 'Waterloo Sunset' by The Kinks. Don't know if it is actually a love song but I see it as one.
O - 'Never Gonna Give You Up' by Rick Astley. 
D - 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' by Joy Division.
M - 'English Rose' by The Jam, f***ing lovely tune.

Best song to turn up loud?
J - 'Song 2' by Blur.
O - Sandstorm - Darude.
D - A quality shout that, James.
M - 'Territorial Pissings' by Nirvana

Best song to bring people together?
J - 'Best Of Friends' by Palma Violets or 'West Coast' by FIDLAR. Had many a good night to them two.
O -'Come Together' by The Beatles, literally.
D - 'Bohemian Rhapsody' by Queen, of course.
M - 'Stevie' by Kasabian.

Any songs by new bands you can’t stop listening to right now?
J - 'Terrorist Synthesizer' by Cabbage. 
'The Lick' by Shame.
'Social Experiment ' by Dead Pretties.
'Country Sleaze' by Goat Girl.
O - 'Divide and Conquer' by Idles. Just sick mate.
'Succubus' by Demob Happy. Some real great stuff Harrar!
'Handmade Cities' by Plini. Beautiful guitar playing.
'Of Matter - Retrospect' by TesseracT. F***ing grindy tune but also pretty.
D - 'Ramona Flowers' by The Blinders.
'Well Done' by Idles.
'No Kamikaze' by The Jacques.
'To The Door' by HMLTD.

BlackWaters | People Street EP (2018)

BlackWaters | Let The Good Times Roll (2017)

BlackWaters | Down (2017)

BlackWaters | Moon On A Stick (2016)

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