New kids on the block, Blackwaters are taking the indie punk scene by storm. Made up of lead singer Max, guitar player David, bass player Ollie and drummer James, they site their inspirations as everyone from Lou Reed to skate-punk band FIDLAR.
Having already released a number of singles, there is an album on the horizon, being produced by some huge names, including Carl Barat of The Libertines, Carl Barat and the Jackals, who spotted them after Blackwaters supported his sister’s band in Camden.
They’ve toured all over the country and have some huge shows coming up in this year, including festival slots at Camden Rocks and Download Festival. Here’s what drummer James Watkins had to say about the origins of Blackwaters, and what you can expect from them in 2017.
You guys all attend the Academy of Contemporary Music, is this how you guys met and where BlackWaters began?
Yeah. We’re from all over the place but all managed to get together early days on our first year. Living’ a few doors down from each other always makes life easier.
Where did the name BlackWaters come from?
Most asked question that we do not have an answer for. We were just fucking about putting words together and somehow, Ollie came up with BlackWaters. We’ve been going by for long enough now that it’s stuck, feel like can happen with anything.
You've had a huge amount of support for BBC Introducing, how important would you say a platform like that is to up and coming bands?
The good thing about BBC introducing is that they’re never too far away, wherever you are.
Makes it easier for local bands to get on the air. From that you can propel further their festival stages etc.
You guys are going to be supporting Carl Barat & The Jackals on tour, but as well as this BlackWaters have also been announced as a support act for The Libertines show in Times Square, Newcastle; is this a dream come true for you guys? Have you always been big fans of The Libertines?
To say the least. Max and me went to see the them two years ago at Reading Fest. Managed to pinch 2-day tickets at 2 in the morning just to see the Libs. So yeah it’s pretty mad but you gotta ignore the circumstances sometimes and just do your thing whatever the occasion, however daunting.
Last month you released your latest single, 'Fuck, Yeah,' what's the reception of that been like?
Radio play has been minimal haha. The good thing about that though is that you get to see how far your music can organically travel. We definitely think Fuck Yeah is a live song. We want people to hear that and watch the video and want to see us live. When people come to our shows it’s definitely the one they seem to remember the most.
You guys have a huge amount of shows and festivals coming up in 2017, are there any shows you’re particularly excited for?
Ever since we’ve been announced I think we’ve been anticipating Download the most. It’s obviously a heavy festival and I’m interested to see where we fit in to all of that. We like the unpredictability of a gig, you know, when neither of you know what to expect. I think we will definitely get that at Download.
Are there any other up and comings bands that you guys would recommend?
Besides the local Guildford talent that I’m sure you guys know about, we played with a band called Sheafs in Sheffield at beginning of April. Very cool. London lot ‘Lily and The Caves’ need some attention for sure. IDLES are off the fucking charts at the moment and playing Download on the same stage as them so will definitely be catching them.
Is there anything you want to add?
There’s no good house parties anymore, which pisses me off. Most politics now bores me and Friends is played WAY TOO MUCH on comedy central.
*This article originally featured in Smashed Vinyl Print #2*