|Genres||Experimental music, post-rock|
|Labels||Temporary Residence Limited|
|Associated acts||Grails, Slint|
|Past members||Britt 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 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.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.
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 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.
The Breeders are an American alternative rock band based in Dayton, Ohio, fronted by Kim Deal and her twin sister Kelley Deal. The band was first formed by Kim Deal and Tanya Donelly in 1989, originally intended as a side-project for Deal and Donelly while still in their full-time bands Pixies and Throwing Muses respectively; however, The Breeders would quickly become Deal's primary recording outlet. The original line-up also included bassist Josephine Wiggs of The Perfect Disaster, and drummer Britt Walford of Slint. The band has experienced a number of lineup changes over the years, with frontwoman Kim Deal being the band's sole continuous member; Kim's twin sister Kelley Deal would join in 1992, and has remained in the band ever since.
Spiderland is the second and final studio album by the American rock band Slint. It was released on March 27, 1991, through Touch and Go Records. Featuring dramatically alternating dynamics and vocals ranging from spoken word to shouting, the album contains narrative lyrics that emphasize alienation. Spiderland was Slint's first release on Touch and Go, and the group's only album to feature Todd Brashear.
The Coctails were a musical group from Chicago, who formed while its members were attending the Kansas City Art Institute.
David Pajo is an American alternative rock musician. He has played a wide variety of music, loosely fitting into several other genres such as hardcore punk, math rock, post-rock, electronica, folk rock and indie pop. Though a multi-instrumentalist, he is best known for his guitar work.
Tweez is the debut studio album by American rock band Slint. It was originally released on the label Jennifer Hartman Records in 1989 as the only record put out by the label, which was run by their friend and namesake, Jennifer Hartman. It is also the only Slint album to feature bassist Ethan Buckler. The album was reissued by Touch and Go Records in 1993 after the group's follow-up, Spiderland, began to generate a cult following.
There Is No-One What Will Take Care of You is the debut studio album by Will Oldham. It was released under the moniker Palace Brothers on Drag City in 1993. Oldham is accompanied on the album by several members of Louisville rock band Slint.
The For Carnation are a slowcore/post-rock band from Louisville, Kentucky who formed in 1994. The band was formed by Brian McMahan, who is the only constant group member. McMahan's previous band Slint hinted at the distinctive sound and sombre aesthetic he would create in The For Carnation. To date they have released two EP and one [self-titled] album: Fight Songs, Marshmallows, and The For Carnation. Fight Songs and Marshmallows were compiled into one record, Promised Works, and released by Runt in 1997. Promised Works was re-released by Touch and Go Records in 2007. The band has included Doug McCombs and Johnny "Machine" Herndon of Tortoise, Bobb Bruno of Best Coast, Todd Cook as well as Britt Walford and David Pajo of Slint.
Squirrel Bait was an American punk rock band from Louisville, Kentucky active from 1983 to 1988. Squirrel Bait's dense, moody, melodic hardcore sound, featuring pronounced tempo shifts, foreshadowed the grunge sound of the late 1980s as well as math rock. Squirrel Bait, along with Hüsker Dü, are often noted as precursors to the emocore sound that arose from the D.C. hardcore punk scene with bands like Rites of Spring, Beefeater and Fugazi.
Squirrel Bait signaled the second coming of American punk - bands of little brothers and sisters who got to grow up on Black Flag and Hüsker Dü without a preparatory course in Supertramp. ... Like a hundred other little Düs across the country, Squirrel Bait managed to make a couple of records before spintering off to form five more bands. Unlike most of that punk rock loam, the members of Squirrel Bait chewed up their legacy and shat out something curious and consequential.
90 Day Men is a progressive rock band formed in 1995 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, and later based in Chicago, Illinois. Their name is a slang term used by police officers to refer to prison inmates who are due to undergo psychiatric examination.
Doomsdayer's Holiday is Grails' fifth album, released in 2008 through Temporary Residence.
Squirrel Bait is the first record by the American punk rock band Squirrel Bait, released in 1985 through Homestead Records.
Skag Heaven is the second record by the American punk rock band Squirrel Bait, released in 1987 through Homestead Records. Squirrel Bait disbanded after the album's release and the band's members went on to form Slint, Bastro and a number of other influential indie and post-rock bands.
The Operacycle was an American indie rock band from Portland, Oregon. Initially formed as a solo project by multi-instrumentalist Jordan Hudson, the act's sole full-length album, Warmer, was released in 2000.
Redlight is the second studio album by American experimental rock band Grails, released on Neurot Recordings in 2004 as a follow up to The Burden of Hope
Burning Off Impurities is the third studio album by American experimental rock band Grails, released on Temporary Residence Limited in 2007.
Deep Politics is the sixth studio album by American experimental rock band Grails, released on Temporary Residence Limited in 2011.
Ethan Buckler is an American musician/songwriter best known as a founding member of the bands King Kong and Slint. He is currently living in Louisville, Kentucky.
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