Blackwaters are a fourpiece from the depths of nothingness. And yet despite their murky background, they’ve turned aggro, pent-up frustration and total utter boredom into rampant, shouty, spit-fuelled, BO-inducing, agitated punk rock’n’roll. Why? Because there’s fuck all else to do around here. Guitarist David is the alleged “Baby Spice” of the group, which means he’s the one with all the Instagram followers. Ollie – long-haired – plays bass, and barely speaks. Max immediately has an air of geezer – think Moff from ‘Human Traffic’. “I’m from Essex unfortunately,” he says. Their first big single ‘So Far Out’ was written on this sofa. “It was for some coursework I had to do,” says Ollie. Now at the collective age of 18, the lads are finishing up their final year at music college in Guildford – they fast-tracked it. Like most students, they’re last-minute crammers. Which means that ‘So Far Out’ was written the day before Ollie’s hand-in. “It’s a feisty song!” says Max.
‘So Far Out’ was produced by Carl Barat [The Libertines] and written almost as a reaction to Brexit, a decision that will impact the lives of these four lads long after their ancestors are gone.“The general message is: Fuck it all!” laughs Max. “Just go and have a good time and write some awesome tunes.” Via their first song ‘Jarred-Up Generation’ the foursome built a solid reputation as the band in Guilford. “We owe a lot to Guildford,” says Max. They’ve played every pub, every house party. “We’ve played for a lot of old dancing men, we had to do that. There are a helluva lot of bands here but we’re the only ones who have generated a scene and have a message.” Outside of Guildford, too, there are too many indie landfill bands with zero purpose. BlackWaters can’t help but have “flourishes” of politics in everything they do – it’s just how they feel every day. The music goes beyond radio and magazines. It’s about community, blurring the lines between crowd and band. They love getting people up onstage. “No barrier!” says Max.
For fans of: Fidlar, Dead Kennedys, The Clash, Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers, John Cooper Clarke, The Ramones, The Velvert Underground and Palma Violets