WATERS – “Stupid Games” (Stereogum Premiere)

Crunch-rock quintet WATERS released their EP, It Might All Be Okay, last fall after nearly two years of silence. We shared the singles “Got To My Head” and “I Feel Everything,” with the video for the latter making the cut for The 5 Best Videos Of The Week last November. Today, WATERS announce their first full-length project on Vagrant Records, titled What’s Real, and they also give us the single “Stupid Games.” The track opens with a synth sequence and simple drum pattern beneath low, murmured vocals from frontman Van Pierszalowski before huge, distorted power chords drive an infectious hook where Pierszalowski opens up his vocal range. Listen below.

What’s Real is out 4/7 on Vagrant.

Tour Dates (April and May dates with Matt & Kim)

02/10 Seattle, WA @ Barboza
02/11 Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
02/25 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
04/11 Portland, ME @ State Theater
04/12 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
04/15 Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
04/16 Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
04/17 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
04/20 Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
04/21 Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theater
04/23 Austin, TX @ Stubbs
04/24 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
04/25 Houston TX @ House of Blues
04/27 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
04/28 Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theater
04/30 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
05/01 San Diego, CA @ North Park Theater
05/02 San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
05/04 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
05/05 Denver, CO @ The Ogden Theater
05/08 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
05/09 Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
05/11 Washington, DC @ 930 Club
05/14 New York, NY @ Terminal 5
05/18 Toronto, Canada @ Danforth Music Hall
05/19 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
05/20 Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theater
05/21 Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights