The boulevard that stretches from Los Feliz towards Downtown was buzzing as the Monday night crowd was looking for some action in the city known for good shows. At the Silverlake Lounge, the action was reserved for indie-rock stars, Water District, whohave been making waves with their latest single, “Dear California.” Thefanswere ready for that night’s showcase as the lineup included Will and the Wonts, Emily Gold and Pachuca.
Water District is headed by vocalist/guitarist Tice Griffin with Zack Mueller on guitar, Hunter Gurney on bass and AJ Awasthi on drums. The crowd gathered in front of the stage and could barely contain their anticipation for the band that has been compared to Silversun Pickups, Death Cab for Cutie and The National. The nostalgic and melancholic rock songs from these guys conjured up the 90s and the music that captured the hearts and minds of that generation. Songs like “Comedown” And “Wait for the Sound” are bittersweet and noteworthy songs that stood out during their set. Obviously, this band does a lot more than just croon melodies. They can also rock out with songs like “Try To Stay Here” and “Burger.”
As the band plugged in and checked their levels, the show got underway. Griffin towered over the keyboard and delicately played a few beautifully crafted notes as the guitar fizzled with an echoing reverb. The distortion mellowed but not before the rest of the band raced in to round out the sound of “Wait for the Sound.” The clever hook grabbed attention and coerced the crowd to nod along with the music. “This song is featured a lot in magazines, we don’t know why. They played on the radio so it must’ve been a good recording, because we’re going to butcher it right now,” Griffin commented as the band launched into their latest single, “Dear California.”
“I spent the whole day moving,” Griffin commented as the group checked their levels. “I literally took every piece of furniture I own and moved it all day. I’ll tell you, it sucks. But I’m glad to be here. And you know that there’s always that guy with a truck you call, to help you move. That’s me. I’ve got a van outside and everybody always calls me. Then the moment I need help, no one’s there. I’m starting to catch on to you people.” The crowd sympathizes with Griffin’s pain and collectively let out an ‘Aww’ expression at his tragic day before the show. But the band recovered and laughed it off as they continued with the show. The show was brought to a climactic end with the track, “Undo.”
The boys of Water District bring to their shows a collection of clever hooks and lyrics that are complemented by their indie-rock sound. They are not afraid of expressing all levels of emotions and retain their honest and genuine status as rock stars. Their music jives with audiences as they have become one of the up-and-coming artists to watch out for. No doubt this band will be in demand with their follow-up release.
Wait For The Sound
Build This Fire
Try To Stay Here