Today, “soulful rocker” (Consequence of Sound) Nick Waterhousereleased new single “Wreck The Rod” off his upcoming self-titled album out March 8thvia Innovative Leisure. 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 with legendary actor Danny Trejo 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.
“‘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.”
Following 2016’s ‘Never Twice’ which was hailed by Vogue as “the second coming of soul” and earned Nick a performance on “Later” with Jools Holland, the upcoming album was recorded at LA’s legendary Electro-Vox Recorders, and co-produced with Paul Butler (Michael Kiwanuka, St. Paul and the Broken Bones), with backing from a heavy bevy of friends and session players including Bart Davenport, percussionist Andres Renteria (Flying Lotus, Father John Misty), flutist Ricky Washington (Kamasi’s dad), and saxophonists Paula Henderson (Gogol Bordello) and Mando Dorame (JD McPherson).
Since releasing his debut single 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.
Coming up, Nick will be tape an exclusive live session for KCRW at Apogee Studio, the private recording studio of legendary producer/mixer, Bob Clearmountain, that’ll air on the local Los Angeles tastemaker station album release day, Friday, March 8.
Following, Nick will head out on a 20+ date Spring US headlining tour in support of his upcoming album. See below for a full list of dates.
Nick Waterhouse Tour Dates:
Monday, March 18th – Manchester, United Kingdom – Gorilla
Tuesday, March 19 – Nottingham, United Kingdom – Rough Trade Nottingham
Wednesday, March 20th – London, United Kingdom – Rough Trade East
Thursday, March 21st – London, United Kingdom – 229 The Venue
Friday, March 22nd – Roubaix, France – La Cave aux Poètes
Saturday, March 23rd – Hasselt, Belgium – Botanique
Sunday, March 24th – Paris, France – Petit Bain
Tuesday, March 26th – Hamburg, Germany – Mojo Club
Wednesday, March 27th – Berlin, Germany – Columbia Theater
Thursday, March 28th – Nieuw-amsterdam, Netherlands – Het Zonnehuis
Saturday, March 30th – Tavros, Greece – Fuzz Live Music Club
Sunday, March 31st – Thessaloniki, Greece – Fix Factory Of Sound
Thursday, April 25th – Tustin, CA – Marty’s On Newport
Friday, April 26th – Los Angeles, CA – Regent Theater DTLA
Saturday, April 27th – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
Monday, April 29th – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios and Bar
Tuesday, April 30th – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
Wednesday, May 1st – Vancouver, Canada – Biltmore Cabaret
Friday, May 3rd – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
Saturday, May 4th – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
Monday, May 6th – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Wednesday, May 8th – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
Thursday, May 9th – Detroit, MI – shelter
Friday, May 10 – Toronto, Canada – Horseshoe Tavern
Saturday, May 11th – Burlington, VT – Club Metronome
Monday, May 13th – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Tuesday, May 14th – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Thursday, May 16th – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry
Friday, May 17th – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Saturday, May 18th – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern Café and Music Hall
Monday, May 20th – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
Tuesday, May 21st – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks