The Watermen release sophomore effort
March 10th, 2009

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Moncton rock band The Watermen is releasing its sophomore effort, 11,000 Days, tomorrow night (Wednesday) at the Rockin Rodeo in Moncton with guests Neon Highway.
The band (Marc Little, Mike Gaudet, Clinton Fernandes, Tom Thompson, Gilles Savoie) released its debut record two years ago.
Its a great feeling - album number two, singer Marc Little told EastCoastNoise in an e-mail. Its really a serious milestone. Most bands never release number two.
The album will be released nationally on March 17 via Prism Music, distributed by Fontana North/Universal.
The new album 11,000 Days is something the band is very proud of, Little says. We enjoy playing the songs, and I am proud of my vocal message. Its just a blast really, is all it is. Good times really. Not really sure what to compare it to however. I would think if youre a fan of Tom Petty, new Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, Doc Walker, Johnny Reid Ķ you may just take a liking to The Watermen.
By gigging around town, playing open mic nights and so on over several years in Atlantic Canada, Little has managed to build his name up.
Momentum is a very fickle thing, he says. It has to be capitalized upon immediately. Were really hoping for a lot of airplay out west. We dont even bother trying to get airplay in our hometown. Because a local band is always a local band in their hometown and there is almost contempt for local bands.
Little says radio stations are very cookie-cutter and unwilling to break the mold and try out new artists, but hes hoping to drum up airplay out west. That said, if a music director in Atlantic Canada is willing to give the band a chance, they certainly have Littles blessing.
Even if radio wont pick up the band, youll be able to hear three of the bands new songs on The Global Television show Biker TV in spring/summer of this year.
After launching the album in several cities, the band will be on the hunt for gigs across Atlantic Canada.
Also, the band is already working on new material for its next disc with Alex Call (Huey Lewis and the News). Little says he and Call have been bouncing song ideas off each other.
Opening for The Watermen tomorrow night is Rik Reese & Neon Highway. The band just wrapped up some performances at the ECMAs in Corner Brook, NL, during which they were asked to perform at some festivals in the United Kingdom.
Since releasing its album, Mama Raised a Good Boy, last summer, Neon Highway has opened for The Kentucky Headhunters, Julian Austin and Matt Minglewood.
The album was chosen on the list of Top 12 Canadian Country albums for 2008 by Country Music News.
Advance tickets to tomorrow nights show are $15 at Rockin Rodeo, Ayer Convenience, Spin-It CDs & DVDs and Maggies Flowers in Riverview. Advance tickets come with a copy of The Watermens new album. Admission is $8 at the door.

Eric Lewis