Monday, February 9, 2015


“The energetic and enthusiastically earworm-y single ‘Got To My Head’ puts smart heft behind its ample (and successful) use of hooky oohs and aahs and yeahs.”- RollingStone

“ of the most electrifying pieces of power pop I’ve heard in a while.”- Stereogum

- WATERS is excited to announce their new album and Vagrant Records debut, What’s Real. Serving as a follow up to 2011’s Out In The Light, and 2014’s It All Might Be OK EP, What’s Real is comprised of eleven honest and raw tracks reminiscent of alternative rock stalwarts of the 90’s. A full track list can be found below. Today, stream the new song, “Stupid Games” off the record for the first time on Stereogum:
“I started writing this album as soon as we got home from touring behind our debut record Out In The Light,” says frontman Van Pierszalowski. “All of a sudden, I was sitting still for the first time in years, and I dove into my early musical influences to find that what I once thought were alternative anthems of recklessness, of angst, of societal alienation, were also perfectly constructed songs. It wasn’t pop. But it became popular for a reason. As a songwriter I began to see that music in a new light.”
What’s Real was recorded over a 15-month period with Grouplove producer/drummer Ryan Rabin as well as producer Carlos De La Garza (Paramore). The result is the perfect juxtaposition of songs that sound and feel big, all the while being incredibly personal and brutally honest. “While current alternative radio is pumping out songs about the ‘best day of my life,’ I wanted to write songs about heartbreak, about finding clarity about feeling stuck in your hometown,” notes Van. “And I wrote it with the hope that people connect with it in a visceral way. In an emotional way.”
From start to finish What’s Real is the epitome of relatable with tracks like “I Feel Everything” that touch on the addiction of abusive and extreme relationships while “Over It” is about finally getting out of it, and “What’s Real” is about the constant struggle to weed out the impersonal and temporary relationships and wanting more. We’ve all been there. Desperate times. When you’d rather be in any situation but the one you’re in.  “When we finished the record I felt like we had made a sonic place. It felt like my bedroom in high school. We accomplished my goal in providing a world for someone who needs a real alternative. An escape.” What’s Real will be available everywhere April 7, 2015.
WATERS has spent the last six months on the road with the like of Tegan and Sara, Cold War Kids, Smallpools, Magic Man and Weezer to name a few. In support of What’s Real, WATERS will be touring with Matt & Kim throughout April and May. A full list of dates can be found below. “Come to our shows. Participate in the energy. We will leave it all on the table. We expect the audience to as well. It’s what I dreamt about when I was 14 and started playing guitar. It’s what I still dream about today. It’s What’s Real.”

Pre-order What’s Real on iTunes:

What’s Real Track List
  1. Got To My Head
  2. I Feel Everything
  3. Moms And Dads
  4. The Avenue
  5. What’s Real
  6. Inside My Room
  7. Stupid Games
  8. Breakdown
  9. Over It
  10. Rebel Yell
  11. Green Eyes

2/07 Mammoth Lakes CA @ The Village at Mammoth **
2/10 Seattle WA @ Barboza **
2/11 Portland OR @ Bunk Bar**
2/25 Chicago IL @ House of Blues **
4/09 Rochester NY @ Main Street Armory ^
4/11 Portland ME @ State Theatre ^
4/12 Boston MA @ House of Blues ^
4/15 Norfolk VA @ The NorVa ^
4/16 Columbus OH @ The LC Pavilion^
4/17 Philadelphia PA @ Electric Factory^
4/20 Asheville NC @ The Orange Peel ^
4/21 Atlanta GA @ Buckhead Theatre ^
4/23 Austin TX @ Stubb’s ^
4/24 Dallas TX @ House of Blues ^
4/25 Houston TX @ House of Blues ^
4/27 Tempe AZ @ The Marquee ^
4/28 Los Angeles CA @ The Fonda ^
4/30 Santa Ana CA @ The Observatory ^
5/01 San Diego CA @ The North Park Theatre ^
5/02 San Francisco CA @ Warfield Theatre ^
5/04 Salt Lake City UT @ The Depot ^
5/05 Denver CO @ Ogden Theatre ^
5/08 St Louis MO @ The Pageant ^
5/09 Nashville TN @ Marathon Music Works ^
5/11 Washington DC @ 9:30 Club ^
5/14 New York NY @ Terminal 5 ^
5/18 Toronto ON @ Danforth Music Hall ^
5/19 Cleveland OH @ House of Blues ^
5/20 Royal Oak MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre ^
5/22 Minneapolis MN @ Mill City Nights ^
**headlining date
^ w/ Matt & Kim


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