Watter (band)

Last updated
Origin Louisville, Kentucky
Genres Experimental music, post-rock
Years active2013present
Labels Temporary Residence Limited
Associated acts Grails, Slint
MembersZak Riles
Tyler Trotter
Past membersBritt Walford

Watter is an American experimental music ensemble from Louisville, Kentucky.

Experimental music is a general label for any music that pushes existing boundaries and genre definitions. Experimental compositional practice is defined broadly by exploratory sensibilites radically opposed to, and questioning of, institutionalized compositional, performing, and aesthetic conventions in music. Elements of experimental music include indeterminate music, in which the composer introduces the elements of chance or unpredictability with regard to either the composition or its performance. Artists may also approach a hybrid of disparate styles or incorporate unorthodox and unique elements.

Louisville, Kentucky City in Kentucky

Louisville is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the 29th most-populous city in the United States. It is one of two cities in Kentucky designated as first-class, the other being Lexington, the state's second-largest city. Louisville is the historical seat and, since 2003, the nominal seat of Jefferson County, on the Indiana border.


Watter member Zak Riles is a member of Grails, and Britt Walford formerly drummed in the band Slint. [1] Their debut, This World, features appearances from Rachel Grimes of Rachel's, Todd Cook of The For Carnation and The Shipping News, and Tony Levin of King Crimson. [2]

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Grails is an American instrumental experimental rock band. Based in Portland, Oregon, the group have released seven studio albums, on labels including Southern and Temporary Residence, and have toured across North America and Europe.

Britt Walford is best known for being the drummer for Slint. He was a member of the punk band Squirrel Bait, but was replaced by Ben Daughtrey when he quit to play with future Slint guitarist David Pajo in the band Maurice. After the breakups of Squirrel Bait and Maurice, some of the members joined to form the band which would become Slint. In 1989, Walford joined Pixies bassist Kim Deal in her new project The Breeders at the request of Steve Albini, with whom he recorded their first album, Pod (1990), also appearing for live performances in drag to suit his stage name. After Slint's break-up in November 1990, Walford remained semi-active in the music scene, eventually in underground New York jazz bands and playing for bands such as Evergreen and friend Brian McMahan's The For Carnation project.

Slint band

Slint was an American rock band consisting of Brian McMahan, David Pajo (guitar), Britt Walford, Todd Brashear, and Ethan Buckler. They formed in Louisville, Kentucky, United States, in 1986. Slint's first album Tweez was recorded by engineer Steve Albini in 1987 and released in obscurity on the Jennifer Hartman Records label in 1989. It was followed two years later by the critically acclaimed Spiderland, released on the independent label Touch and Go Records.



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  1. Hear Slint and Grails Members Unite as Watter. SPIN, March 5, 2014.
  2. Watter: This World. Temporary Residence Records.