Norway's WATERS make dynamic, '90s grunge and alt-rock-influenced pop music. Centered on singer/songwriter Van Pierszalowski, WATERS came together in Oslo in 2011 after Pierszalowski's previous band, Port O'Brien, broke up.
The group's debut album, Out in the Light, also appeared on TBD Records in 2011. Eventually, Pierszalowski relocated to San Francisco, where he put together a new WATERS lineup featuring guitarist Brian DaMert, keyboardist Sara DaMert, bassist Greg Sellin, and drummer Andrew Wales. Taking inspiration from the quiet/loud approach of such bands as the Pixies and Nirvana, WATERS returned with their follow-up EP, It All Might Be OK, featuring production from Grouplove's Ryan Rabin. WATERS' sophomore full-length album, What's Real, was released in April 2015 on Vagrant Records, and landed on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart. With production by Tim Pagnotta (Neon Trees, Walk the Moon) and with Pierszalowski writing to advise his teenaged self, Something More! followed in 2017. ~ Matt Collar, Rovi