PREVIEW: The Watchers @ Morden Tower
By Hannah D'Arcy on October 4, 2012 in Music
Newcastle foursome The Watchers have gone from strength to strength this year, playing sell-out shows in Newcastle and bagging national support slots with Spector. This month the band release their debut double A-side single Cut The Ribbon/Every Night I Look Strong.
Singer and guitarist Liam Milne’s has enjoyed being part of a touring band. “It’s great to play in other towns and cities, especially when you are on the bill with quality acts like Spector. Most of the audience will not have heard of us before, so it’s good to play to people who have no preconceptions. Where we currently are as a band, a full UK tour wouldn’t be credible, but support slots and one off gigs are.”
Liam admits that their work on their forthcoming single entailed a different approach for both tracks. “They’re both quite different in terms of what they do and how they sound. Cut The Ribbon is more of what we do live and probably more where we are heading. ENILS was originally written for someone else to sing – a female soul singer in fact – but when Danton Supple [Morrissey/Doves/Coldplay producer] asked us to record it we thought it was too good of an opportunity to turn down.”
It’s not all rock ‘n’ roll excess and working with super producers though, one of the band’s forthcoming projects sees them turn to their softer side. “We’re working on a modern adaptation of The Wind And The Willows which we’ll be performing at primary schools around the North next July. The anthropomorphised characters are wanky east London hipsters who play synth and have sailor tattoos. It should be interesting and we’re looking ahead to an exciting year.”
The Watchers release Cut The Ribbon/Every Night I Look Strong on 8 October. They play Morden Tower, Newcastle on Saturday 6 October and support Clock Opera at Newcastle University on Sunday 18 November.
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