This past March, Nick Waterhouse released Holly on Innovative Leisure Records, and has been going on tour to support it. On March 11th, he and his band were set to play a show at the Barbosa in Seattle, but first they stopped by KEXP to play a few songs off the new record.
Nick Waterhouse brings an old-school vibe to KEXP. He takes influence from classic blues, as well as Motown and R&B. All the songs he plays are laid-back, with Waterhouse's smooth and soulful vocals soaring over jazzy saxophone and piano. All these songs have a retro feel to them, like they could have been put out over 40 years ago, which gives them an endearing quality and gives the listeners warm feelings of nostalgia.
In the interview, Waterhouse discusses his influences and the theme that runs throughout the album. He says that the record "wanted to have some filmic elements." He mentioned legendary songwriting team Leiber and Stoller talking about wanting to make records not songs, and he tried to write something that worked like the soundtrack to a short film, both musically and lyrically. On Holly, he bridges the gap between the new and the old, covering songs from influential blues pianist Mose Allison, who Waterhouse said was "my Beatles," when he was growing up and noise punker Ty Segall, who he grew up alongside and toured with frequently in Los Angeles.
Nick Waterhouse live at KEXP 3.11.2014 Setlist:
Host: Cheryl Waters
Audio Engineer: Jackson Long
Cameras: Jenna Pool & Justin Wilmore
Editor: Justin Wilmore
Source: KEXP YouTube Channel