THU 31 JUL 2014
Kiran Leonard
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The Chills
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Simple Minded
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Leon Jackson
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Electric Circus , Edinburgh7pm£8.00
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The Little Kicks
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The Last Battle, Penny Black & Josie Long
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Through Colour
Vacant Life and New Team
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MON 11 AUG 2014
Queens of Pop: After Dark
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Cairn String Quartet + Friends
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Dante Plus Guests
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Young Aviators
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Samantha Crain
Special Guests: The Jellyman's Daughter
Electric Circus , EdinburghDoors 7pm£9.00
WED 27 AUG 2014
Nick Waterhouse
Electric Circus , EdinburghDoors 7pm £12.00
SAT 13 SEP 2014
Elikin
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Indigo Velvet
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Tijuana Bibles
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Keston Cobblers Club
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Eliza and the Bear
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SAT 11 OCT 2014
Wayne Hussey
Electric Circus , EdinburghDoors 7pm £15.00
TUE 21 OCT 2014
The Subways
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THU 20 NOV 2014
Hactivist
Electric Circus , Edinburgh7pm£9.00
SAT 29 NOV 2014
Marcus Bonfanti
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Nick Waterhouse


WEDNESDAY 27TH AUGUST 2014

Doors 7pm

Over 18 Only

Described by reporter Kristina Benson as "the young man who makes old R&B," Nick Waterhouse is a songwriter, vocalist and guitarist who has become a rising star with music which recalls the pre-rock sounds of the 1950s while possessing a modern-day level of energy and cool.

Nick Waterhouse's art springs from a simple idea: everybody wants to be somebody else. One of his heroes, Van Morrison, got his start covering Bobby Bland, whose own musical idol was Nat "King" Cole. In Waterhouse's view, emulation is a journey; you never truly succeed, but as the singer, guitarist and songwriter puts it, "You become something on the way there."

Nick was born in 1986 and grew up in Huntington Beach, known predominantly for UFC, commercial surf culture, and tanning salons. He established his musical sensibilities in the middle of the burgeoning southern California Psych-Garage scene (Burger records, Ty Segall, McHugh’s Distillery studio) while retaining his unique perspective on the spirit of American Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll.

Waterhouse started performing as a teenager. "It was really motivated by fear," he recalls. "I'm kind of an introvert, so it was an uncomfortable situation. It was a way to force a crisis." The young artist experienced an exhilaration he'd never felt before, and hasn't found anywhere else since. "It's a feeling of heightened awareness that goes beyond pleasure," Waterhouse explains. "It has something to do with seeing ahead in time and behind in time all at once. You don't just get the immediate reward; you get the potential that rewards you the same way."

Waterhouse explored the idea of potential on his breakthrough single, "Some Place," a beautifully lean, propulsive track recorded at all-analog studio the Distillery and self-released in 2010 on his own Pres label. "Well, there's some place that I'd rather be," Waterhouse sang in a fierce yet plaintive register. "And it's something that's been on my mind almost constantly."

These days, Waterhouse is a successful recording artist, with one well-received LP and and several high-profile tours and collaborations to his name. But his latest work still embodies the struggle of his early forays. During "This Is a Game," Waterhouse sets up a snarly, post-surf guitar solo with a succinct statement of a cynical outlook: "This is a game / Please remember my words / And don't get upset when you don't get what you
think you deserve." And on the gothic-soul strut "Let It Come Down," he meditates on the inevitability of pain. "If there's gonna be rain tonight," he sings in a stoic croon. "Let it come down."

It's clear from this material that Waterhouse is in the midst of his own becoming. He isn't the type to let ecstasy take over, like Van Morrison, or to drawl away in a consummately laid-back register, like Mose Allison. In the tension between his wry lyrics and crisp arrangements, you hear the expression of a worldly skeptic who's also—when it comes
to his art—a sanctified believer. Whoever it was that Nick Waterhouse wanted to be matters less now; these days, he just sounds like himself.




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