LA's the black watch presents new single 'Crying All The Time' featuring members of BJM, Stevie Nick
“Should’ve become a household name a long time ago” – USA Today
“A prime example of Fredrick’s knack for clever and extremely catchy songs” – Popmatters
“Like the holy union of Guided By Voices, The Wedding Present and any number of New Zealand pop heroes... truly indie: immediate, honest and just-enough lovingly rough” – Buzzbands L.A.
“One of music’s most perfect and unheralded rock outfits” – Magnet Magazine
“On record, the black watch rarely dips in quality, but the most amazing thing is that it keeps topping itself” – Blurt Magazine
“Salutes the great DIY pop canon and trophy hallways of heroes with an illustrious array of pepped up jangle pop” – Impose Magazine
“The post punk dissonance of The Fall and Wire, with the melodic guitar ambitions of The Chameleons, early Editors, and Richard Hawley’s 2012 opus ‘Standing at the Sky’s Edge” – Popdose
“Delightful noise” – Austin Town Hall
LA-based alt-pop outfit the black watch present their new single 'Crying All The Time', a riveting sonic gift to send out 2019 with a bang. This is the first taste of their new 'Brilliant Failures' album, which is expected to release by mid-2020.
The new LP also features several guest artists, the first cameos on a TBW record since Pat Fish (The Jazz Butcher) guested on two songs on 2002’s 'Jiggery-Pokery' LP.
"Crying All the Time is a bit ironic on account of I NEVER cry," says the black watch frontman John Andrew Fredrick. "It was written about someone whom I used to love--about whom it was reported to me that 'She's wept so much she really lost her looks.' Which made me very sad--if indeed it were true. I think I wrote the song, therefore, out of compassion for all the cryers, as it were. And to use the word 'perfidious' for the first time, perhaps, in a pop song!"
The accompanying video was filmed and directed by renowned American director Steve Hanft (The Stone Roses, Beck, Mercury Rev, L7) and stars beautiful actress Katlyn Rodriguez. The theme of this video is inspired by My Bloody Valentine 'Soon'.
'Brilliant Failures' is the lickety-split follow-up to 'Magic Johnson', released in spring 2019. This has been a busy year for TBW, who also released the compilation '31 Years Of Obscurity: The Best of the black watch: 1988-2019' in June, as well as the 7" single 'Much of a Muchness' in October.
This is the 18th long-play from this artist in 31 years—and it’s quite possibly the best thing they’ve ever done. Principal songwriter and novelist John Andrew Fredrick thinks indeed that it’s the best record TBW will ever do. That’s saying a lot, considering the consistently high praise that’s been lavished on this stalwart indie band.
"Much as we love to play gigs, we love the studio tenfold more. And, going about with this sort of mindset wherein we’re telling ourselves ‘Of course we’re going to make a record after this one, and one after that and after that one as well!’, we kind of just carried on thinking that we were going to be around for a long, long time, and that each record was going to be a reaction against its predecessor. So naturally we lived for the studio and never questioned whether there would be another one," says John Andrew Fredrick.
For 'Brilliant Failures', Fredrick presented acoustic versons of multiple new songs to Scott Campbell (Acetone, Carina Round, Stevie Nicks), Rob Campanella (The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Mystic Braves) and Andy Creighton (The World Record), and then let each of them do what-they-wilt to the tracks, putting their own singular stamps on these songs, whether that meant embellishing them or stripping them down, tripping things out or playing things straight.
“It was a really effective way to go. Effortful on Scott’s and Rob’s and Andy’s parts; effortless on mine. The test of any artistic relationship, I think, is whether one would be keen to work with someone again. And I can safely say I would love to do another record this way,” says Fredrick.
“I never know how to describe what we do without resorting to referencing the Beatles and My Bloody Valentine—especially the twelve-stringy stuff before 'Isn’t Anything' was released. I’m a very careful lyricist, but lyrics, for me, aren’t poetry, per se. I try to use plain diction as poetically as possible—if that makes sense."
CREDITS John Andrew Fredrick - guitars, vocals, percussion, bass, keyboards Andy Creighton - lead guitar, bass, drums Scott Campbell - bass, guitar, keyboards Rob Campanella - guitar, bass, percussion, mellotron All songs written by John Andrew Fredrick Produced & engineered by Scott Campbell, Rob Campanella and Andy Creighton
All photos by Brendan Holmes, except group photo by Tony Pinto & dark BnW portrait by Steve Keros
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