the black watch | after the gold room EP

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after the gold room EP

by the black watch

Andy Gill of Gang of Four and The Independent UK says: "With a vocal style that rivals Robert Smith, tbw have in singer/songwriter John Andrew Fredrick an artist capable of both My Bloody Valentine miasma and Nick Drake quietness."
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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1. strawberry girl
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2. on another plane (scott campbell remix)
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3:08 album only
3. the things i never said
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3:29 album only
4. one for the republicans
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2:42 album only
5. quartz pink cloud (radio edit)
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6. when Lauren first opened
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Album Notes
the black watch, formed in Santa Barbara in the late '80s, has more ink than a small town phonebook: they've been favorably compared to My Bloody Valentine, The Cure, The Beatles, and New Order. This is their 14th CD. Now joined by Steven Schayer (ex-The Chills--yes, them, the New Zealand legends) on lead guitar, tbw are more psychedelic, more melodic, more powerful than ever. Trouser Press just gave the band an entry--and a mighty fine one it is, calling this Los Angeles indie pop stalwart group "The most criminally underappreciated guitar band in America or the UK."


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Rex Holmes

The Gaudiest Diamond in LA's Indie Pop Tiara
I'm hard pressed to name another band that has been making their best music 20 years into their recording career, but there you have it: The Black Watch is a lean, mean, glistening-pop-making machine. "On Another Plane" and "Quartz Pink Cloud" appear here in different versions than on the Icing the Snow Queen full-length, but the real winners are the new tunes. This mini-album gets things started with a sweet, fuzzy bang, with "Strawberry Girl," while "The Things I Never Said" has a Spector-ish bounce underneath walls of guitar drone and irresistible vocal hooks. In short, another winner, with more John Andrew Fredrick ace tunes that combine the sugary and the sharp-edged, as well as melding his love of English guitar pop with his professorial attention to lyrical detail. Another winner, and with former Clay Idols/Chills guitarist/singer now in tow, more are sure to follow.