Six years since their last studio effort, Columbus rock veterans Watershed are back with a new single, “American Muscle,” which is either the world’s first pro-banking anthem or an ironic takedown of Wall Street fat cats. A digital-only release, the single and its B-side, “Sticky Bomb,” are available for download now at iTunes, Amazon mp3, Rhapsody, and Bandcamp. Fans will have a chance to hear the new songs live (and see the band’s new line-up, which now includes Joe Peppercorn from Columbus’s The Whiles) when Watershed plays the Andyman-a-Thon Benefit show at the LC Pavilion on Wednesday, November 23. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster. Nick Tolford and Company, Lydia Loveless, and The Phantods will join Watershed on the bill.
“American Muscle” and “Sticky Bomb” were recorded this summer with Mike Landolt (Maroon 5, O.A.R.) producing, and they, along with a batch of other songs from the sessions, will be featured on a new, full-length (as yet untitled) album that will be released in June 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.
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.