WATERS, the indie/alternative band led by Port O’Brien alumnus Van Pierszalowski, are preparing to release What’s Real, their sophomore studio album and Vagrant Records debut, on April 7. Though they’ve got indie cred to spare, having recently toured with Tegan and Sara, Cold War Kids, and Smallpools, don’t expect futuristic sounds from the group.
“WATERS was on tour supporting our debut record Out In The Light and for the first time in forever, I started listening to alternative radio,” Pierszalowski tells Billboard. “They would throw back to the songs that made me fall in love with rock and roll in the first place. Nirvana. Green Day. Weezer. Smashing Pumpkins.”
Listen to an exclusive premiere of What’s Real above.
“I started to dive back into those bands and that sound,” he continued, “and realized what I had dismissed as just nostalgic favoritism, were actually incredibly written songs, filled with hooks and honesty and energy that I hadn’t been hearing in so long.” Along with Grouplove producer and drummer Ryan Rabin, he began to write the heartfelt, nostalgic songs that fill the album, eventually recording them over 15 months in San Francisco.
Watch the group perform “Got To My Head” on last night’s episode of Conan below, and preorder What’s Real here.???