Nick Waterhouse, the fine purveyor of classic Rhythm and Blues, Jazz and Soul, has released new single Wreck The Rod taken from his upcoming self-titled album. Nick says the throwback track was inspired by a conversation with “Soul Queen of New Orleans” Irma Thomas on “singers being used up by an industry (in addition to a larger swath of society), about riding it out, about rising above, about an unsettling pleasure / pain dynamic.”
The single is paired perfectly with a cheeky video of Nick performing on a fictitious late-night show Dan After Dark with legendary Villainous actor Danny Trejo, who you will have seen in Machete, Breaking Bad and Con Air among others, acting as host. He straps on his velour tuxedo, vintage frames, and white patent leather shoes to glide and groove on stage while embodying a hilarious “washed-up musician” persona. While the video breaks the song up it looked like Nick had a great time in the making off it, and it is worth it for the sax solo, let alone Danny Trejo as you have never seen him before.
“Wreck the Rod finds Danny as an alternate reality Mike Douglas and some version of myself living out the ravages and indignities of the very lyrics I’m singing,” says Nick on the video. “Where’s all this media and content heading in 2019? We posit right to 1978, baby.”
The 11-song collection, which is out March 8th via Innovative Leisure, features ten new Waterhouse originals, plus a deep cover of I Feel An Urge Coming On, originally written by Nick’s friend and mentor Joshie Jo Armstead, who has previously written with Ray Charles and performed as both a Raelette and an Ikette in the 1960s and 70s.
There’s a reason why Nick chose to name this, his fourth album, his self-titled release. While he has always had a “style is all his own” according to NPR, this album is a deeper reflection of the cultural and emotional firmament that has made Nick the artist he is today: his passions and influences; his love and outrage. The music of Irma Thomas and Chico Hamilton; the films of Robert Siodmak and Adam Curtis. The good old bad days in San Francisco, Detroit and Los Angeles. It’s an intoxicating world, and this album invites you to get lost in it. Song For Winners was previously released from the album, and it is a sublime and gritty slice of Rhythm and Blues, full of keys, twangy guitar and lovely sax. The vocal is raw and gritty, which adds authenticity to the whole sound. .
Since releasing his debut single, Some Place, in 2010, Nick Waterhouse has toured the world (most recently on an extensive run with Allen Stone), and collaborated with or produced everyone from upstarts like Ty Segall, Leon Bridges and Jon Batiste, to septuagenarian soul legend Ural Thomas, and Latin stars the Boogaloo Assassins. He has released three previous albums, Time all Gone (2012), Holly (2014) and Never Twice (2016). If you like classic R ‘n’ B, from the likes of Van Morrison’s Them, then you could do a lot worse than trying the new album out, as well as Nick’s back catalogue. The video for Some Place, showed, even then, that Nick was happy to throw a little humour into his work.
Nick will head out on a run of European and UK headlining live dates in support of his upcoming album, including two Rough Trade in-stores announced at RT Nottingham and RT East.
2019 UK and European Live Dates:
March 18th – Manchester, UK – Gorilla
March 19th – Nottingham, UK – Rough Trade Notts
March 20th – London, UK – Rough Trade East
March 21st – London, UK – 229 The Venue
March 23rd – Brussels, BE – Botanique-Orangerie
March 24th – Paris, FR – Petit Bain
March 26th – Hamburg, DE – Mojo Club
March 27th – Berlin, DE – Columbia Theatre
March 28th – Amsterdam, NL – Het Zonnehuis
March 30th – Athens, GR – Fuzz Live Music Club
March 31st – Thessaloniki, GR – Fix Factory of Sound