Plagued with teenage angst and lyrical wit, Van Pierszalowski has taken his current band into the world of catchy and epic rock riffs that harbor influences from bands such as the Cars and Weezer (which he mentions in one of their songs) and looking to change minds about sentimental pop-rock. Raised in Northern California, Pierszalowski made his debut as the lead vocalist for the band Port O’Brien and their bittersweet breakthrough single “I Woke Up Today.” The group disbanded in 2011, leaving Pierszalowski to move forward with his next venture. Pierszalowski moved to Oslo, Norway and formed Waters featuring Brian DaMert (guitar), Greg Sellin (bass), Andrew Wales (drums) and Sara DaMert on keys. After the release of their first album Out in the Light, Waters made the rounds and toured heavily and opened for Cold War Kids, Matt and Kim, Nada Surf and Weezer. The band just release their third album, Something Real!, and continue producing hits with the tracks “Hiccups” and “Molly Is A Babe” already making waves as their latest music video shows off their silly side as Pierszalowski plays a game show host while the others band members are put through ridiculous tasks.
The Roxy, in the heart of L.A.’s Sunset Strip was the appropriate location for the quintet as they laid to waste the room with their new record and energetic tracks in a set list that had the fans singing along to every track. Pierszalowski was jubilant on stage as he commented on his outfit. “I told myself before the show that I was going to keep this jacket on for at least four songs,” Pierszalowski said. “Oh my God I want to take it off but I’m a man of my word.” The crowd laughed along as they plowed through with the slower tempo track, “You Don’t Know What You Want.”
The subject matter in Pierszalowski’s current work with Waters is more personal and stands out as this feels like the band he has been looking for. The mix of somber tracks like “O Holy Break of Day” and “Mom and Dads” kept the audience on their toes as Waters gave it their all to entertain and move the crowd. The dynamic mix of tracks in their set list was nothing short of spectacular. At one point during the show, Pierszalowski beckoned the crowd to sing along to the track “Hiccups,” “This next song is the first song from our new record we put out. If you know any of the words it’s your duty to scream them with us at the very top of your lungs.” The crowd obliged and took the song by storm as they chanted along with the chorus, “All of my fuck-ups, all my hiccups, only brought me to you.”
The band finished strong with the last two tracks of the night, “Got to My Head” and “I Feel Everything.” With a powerhouse collection of fun, catchy and noteworthy songs, Waters is the band you have been waiting for. Waters is currently on tour with their album Something More! Check out their web page for dates and info.
Molly Is A Babe
You Don’t Know What You Want
O Holy Break of Day
Mom and Dads
Stand By You
Got to My Head
I Feel Everything