Sweet Water To Release First Record In 9 Years

posted December 18, 2008

Sweet Water To Release First Record In 9 Years

On January 20, 2009, Seattle quartet Sweet Water, known for their loud, combustible rock and sweet, catchy melodies, will release "Clear The Tarmac" (Golden City Records), the band's first record in nine years, and fourth full-length overall.

A collection of ten new songs, Sweet Water proves they haven't slowed down or lost their ability to play loud and hard, all while showcasing their growth and diversity, creating a record that is as much guitar-rock as it is psychedelic, Brit-pop, and power-pop influenced: think big hooks, charged melodies, plenty of rock momentum, and a wiser more emotional lyrical bite.

Releasing their debut, "Ter" in 1991 on Seattle tastemaker indie at the time C/Z Records, the album soon landed the band a deal with Atlantic Records, whom in 1993 released their sophomore, self-titled full-length. The band wasted no time once the heavy touring cycle for the self-titled record was over, quickly entering the studio, and recording their third record and major label follow-up, entitled, "Superfriends," released on Atlantic subsidiary EastWest.

Heavy touring again followed.

Once more entering the studio for a new record, what would become their fourth full-length, "Suicide," Sweet Water soon found themselves in an all-too-familiar situation come the latter half of the 90s: a completed record ready to release, a band willing to tour to support it, but without a label to support them.

Once they finally got the rights to the "Suicide" record back, they released it on Seattle, WA-indie Good-Ink Records in 2000, and continued to play around the Northwest, while focusing on families and careers outside of music.

But the desire to create music was too strong to resist and the seeds of "Clear the Tarmac" were sown.

"We started playing together again purely for fun. Just friends hanging out with instruments," says bassist Cole Peterson. "If I am playing in a band I want to go the whole nine yards, which means writing, recording and, playing live. Full scale or no scale."

Realizing they were having a lot of fun and that they still sounded great together, they booked some shows in some of their favorite clubs. The shows went very well - with sold out multi-night runs, and the songwriting was going even better. With some amazing new songs in tow, the decision to enter the studio and start recording was an easy one.

"We're all playing stronger than ever," says an excited Rich Credo, the band's guitarist. "I am a better guitar player and Adam [Czeisler, the band's lead singer] is for sure a stronger singer. And, Cole's writing more hits than ever."

While in the studio recording "Clear the Tarmac," the band took every chance they could to experiment and fully develop the songs.

"We've learned a lot from some seasoned producers in our career, and we had the confidence to know that what we were doing was really great," adds Credo. "We knew how to get it all on tape. We had a strong spirit of collaboration and we let the best songs rise to the top."

The end results were a proud band and a record they happily and eagerly look forward to promoting and supporting.

"This record is the best thing we have ever put out," Peterson says without hesitation. "The rock is one-hundred percent bulletproof. Any track could be a single. I most often describe the music as what it would sound like if Paul McCartney met Jimmy Page at Ron Wood's house with the Misfits playing in the background and then they all decided to write some songs."

There is no question that the four members of Sweet Water worked very hard on making "Clear the Tarmac" the best record of the band's career. And they look forward to exposing fans new and old to it.

"This record is the first record we've produced ourselves since our debut in 1991," says Credo. "We worked very hard writing this record, but left lots of room for in studio inspiration."

"Writing and being creative is the best part of being in a group and playing music," adds Peterson. "It felt great to be coming up with new ideas, songs, and being able to bounce them off of the other the guys and have them become even better. Sweet Water is a four-headed rock machine which lives on new songs, so it is doing quite well right now."

Now that "Clear the Tarmac" is done and set for release in early 2009, the band looks forward to getting the record out and hearing both critics and fans' reactions, as well as playing as much as possible, including an appearance at 2009's SxSW Music Festival.

"I love the way the band sounds and the way we've kept true to our rock and roll vision over the years," comments Credo on the new album. "Our goal is to get out and play shows and be able to keep making great records. We're realistic because we've been around the block a few times - we know that we can bring the rock, and we will..."

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