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The League Bowlers CD "Some Balls" is finally available on I-Tunes. Click here to purchase. (All songs written by Colin Gawel/Joe Oestreich)
If you have read Joe Oestreich's acclaimed Watershed memoir, "Hitless Wonder", you know attaining status of a "Superfan" isn't easy. It requires deep pockets, a reliable mode of transportation, the lack of any sort of peer group and a healthy liver. It also requires you to know everything Watershed has ever released. Did you hear Todd Baker on the NPR story requesting the song "Freedom"? See, Todd KNOWS his Watershed history. If you missed the story on Weekend Edition, click here to check it out.
The League Bowlers -"Some Balls", is the lost Watershed Alt-Country CD
Watershed has had only one official side project, The League Bowlers. Formed in 1994 by Joe, Herb, myself and Paul Lansford Beltz III, the Bowlers were a way for us to play Georgia Satellites covers and take more than the regular amount of stimulants and depressants without soiling the good name of Watershed. Our debut gig was at Bernie's Distillery and our flier claimed that orginal RUSH drummer John Rutsey would be performing with the band. It never crossed our minds that anybody would believe this until 200 RUSH fans showed up carrying the debut RUSH album hoping to get it signed by John himself. Whoops. Man, did they HATE the Bowlers after that.. anyhoo--
The band eventually "evolved" into the classic Bowler line-up of myself, legendary drummer Jim Johnson (Willie Phoenix), current Bones bassist and 4 String Brew-master Dan Cochran (Big Back 40), and guitar virtuoso Mike Parks (The Godz). We would don our Bowling shirts and play local hot spots such as Bernie's, The Dolphin Lounge, The Library bar and an occasional SCI-FI-BI-MON convention or tent festival in Wapakoneta. We spent many a Thanksgiving Eve performing at Andyman's Treehouse as Andy himself would usually close the night singing a Tequilla fueled version of "Suspicious Minds" as an honorary Bowler.
At the same time all this was happening, Watershed was chugging right along recording and writing WAY too many songs. The songs on "Some Balls" were mostly written for Watershed but eventually deemed too "po-dunk" for inclusion on a Watershed release. This island of misfit Alt-country songs were eventually recorded by the League Bowlers and produced by Rick Kinsinger, Jim Johnson and myself in Rick's small, sweaty basement studio. Mixed by Joe Viers in one 6 hour session, the CD is not flashy but has a personality and more than a handful of memorable tunes. "Pretty in a Slutty Way", "Kids Down South" "Half of Me" to name a few. Scrawl vocalist Marci Mays even contributes vocals to "Here I Am".
While I am proud of the music, Mike "Biggie" Mc Dermott really out did himself with the art work. One reviewer even claims people should buy the CD just for the cover. read it here
Not much footage of the Bowlers exsists as nobody came to our shows and the ones that did were too broke to own anything more that a $1.00 draft beer, let alone a camera. Somehow Eric Broz managed to film a little bit of the League Bowlers last show, Friday August 1st, 2008, at the old Thirsty Ear. In the tradition of all great rock bands, we broke up on stage. Too bad he didn't film that. watch the Bowlers here
I suppose it's possible the League Bowlers may wash the old shirts and fire up yet one more gig, but if not I am extremely proud of the music we left behind. enjoy. - Colin
Colin Gawel plays in the band Watershed. Co-founder Joe Oestreich has made himself famous writing down all the cool things Colin said/says and putting them in a book called "Hitless Wonder". Buy it anywhere and read it. Watershed's latest CD is "Brick and Mortar". Colin also fronts The Lonely Bones, has been known to rank every Cheap Trick song and moonlights as a coffee shop owner. His fantasy baseball team is currently in 6th place. colingawel.com