Artwork by @mystupidsketchbook
WHO are they?
“We are BlackWaters. Maximilian Tanner on vocals, David Carpenter on guitar, Ollie Franklin on bass and myself, James Watkins, on drums. We all started jamming together nearly 3 years ago now. We all listened to pretty different stuff at the time but we met in the middle with a lot of rock music. We met each other from being out and about around Guildford. We’re all at the same college so just ended up bumping into each other at parties and shit like that.”
WHAT is the inspiration behind their songs?
“It can come from anything. Anything from a love song to shouting about our political shit pile we’re in right now. We’re not a band that speaks about one thing, but I think it’s so important to speak about the kind of hatred and anger that’s fuelling our generation. We just want people to come to our shows, let loose, sing our tunes and just forget about everything outside for a while.”
WHERE are they from?
“Dave and Ollie are the only two that came from the same area. They come from Northamptonshire, kind’ve near Banbury and all those deserted little towns. Max comes from Brentwood in Essex and I come from South East London. Besides Dave and Ollie I think it’s good we are all from very different places cos we all seem to bring something different to the table. We are all living in Guildford at the moment but we are moving to Sheffield in a few months. There’s one decent venue in Guildford and one or two decent bands but it’s mostly filled with clubbers and jack wills lovers. Not too much we can relate to.”
WHY are they called BlackWaters?
“Like most things we do as a band our name is completely random. We were just putting random words together cos we needed a name. I think it was Ollie who suggested BlackWaters and ever since then it’s just stuck. I think that if you call yourself anything for long enough it will stick.”
WHEN can I see them live?
Thursday 06 July – Derby, The Venue
Friday 07 July – Stockton on Tees, KU Bar
Satuday 08 July – Coventry, Godiva Festival
Sunday 09 July – Glasgow, TRNSMT
Friday 21 July – Steventon, Truck Festival
Saturday 22 July – Sheffield, The Rocking Chair
Saturday 29 July – Kendal Calling
Monday 31 July – Guildford, Boileroom
Thursday 03 August – Newcastle, Times Square (supporting Libertines & Maximo Park)
Saturday 05 August – Hull, Humber Street Sesh
Friday 21/22/23 August – Reading & Leeds Festival
Friday 01 September – Wilkestock
Saturday 09 September – Guildford, Always The Sun Festival
Sunday 01 October – Bristol, Thekla
Monday 02 October – Cardiff, Glee Club
Tuesday 03 October – Birmingham, Institute 2
Thursday 05 October – Belfast, The Limelight
Friday 06 October – Glasgow, 02 ABC2
Sunday 08 October – Manchester, Academy 2
Monday 09 October – Leeds, The Wardrobe
Tuesday 10 October – Hull, The Welly
Wednesday 11 October – Nottingham, Glee Club
Friday 13 October – Sheffield, The Plug
Saturday 14 October – London, Electric Ballroom
Sunday 15 October – Brighton, Concorde 2