Six years since their last studio effort, Columbus, Ohio, rock veterans Watershed are back with a new album, BRICK & MORTAR, which Curry House Records released on June 5, 2012. The June release coincides with the publication of bassist Joe Oestreich’s memoir, Hitless Wonder: A Life in Minor League Rock and Roll (Lyons Press), which tells the story of Watershed’s twenty-plus year haul through the music biz bush leagues. The eleven new tracks on BRICK & MORTAR were recorded in the summer of 2011 with Mike Landolt (Maroon 5, O.A.R.) producing.
In their long career Watershed have done damn near everything there is to do in rock and roll. After dropping out of college, they signed with Epic Records and sipped champagne in long, white limousines. Then they stuffed themselves into a Ford Econoline, and they’ve been living off beer and beef jerky ever since. They humped their amps through the doors at CBGB ten times. They’ve played the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip. The Metro in Chicago. The Rat in Boston. They’ve shared the stage with Wilco, Ben Folds, Tommy Stinson, The Damnwells, Cheap Trick, The Smithereens, Insane Clown Posse (no shit), and long list of has-beens and wannabes. Their catchy, three-minute rock gems have been featured on Gene Simmons Family Jewels and on MTV’s Laguna Beach, Date My Mom, and Made, and they’ve been in rotation on radio stations from South Carolina to Seattle.
It’s been half a decade since we’ve heard new music from Watershed, but in that time the band members have kept awfully busy:
- In addition to his memoir, Hitless Wonder, bass player Joe Oestreich has published work in Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and many other magazines and journals. His writing has been shortlisted in the Houghton Mifflin’s Best American series several times. More information about Joe can be found at joeoestreich.com.
- Guitarist Colin Gawel has been releasing songs with his solo band, The Lonely Bones, and has been writing a blog that chronicles his life as a musician, sportsfan, father, and coffee shop owner at colingawel.com.
- Joe Peppercorn (guitar, keys, and vocals) fronts the critically acclaimed, Columbus, Ohio-based band, The Whiles. Find them on facebook. Once a year he gets a burr up his ass and performs an eight-hour solo set of every Beatles song ever released (all 256 of them).
- Drummer Dave Masica has spent the last six years wandering the Sonora Desert in search of peyote buttons. His dream is to quit Watershed and launch a successful solo career like his idol, Peter Criss. Visit him at some random bar.