In summer of 2009 songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nickolej Villiger had started to give birth to a creative endeavor that would eventually become The Watts & Company. Armed at the helm with a songwriting vehicle in his older brother Nickolej but no band, young guitarist Mikail Villiger set out to recruit two local talents. The first was childhood friend and actor aficionado Adrian Stevenson to handle any percussive needs for the band. The second individual and last recruit was pianist Steven Fulton with a flare for unique harmony and very defined distinct classical background.
The Watts and Co. took a guided but ultimately brash step into 60’s and 70’s Baroque style rock music. They started to form a flavorful sound that sought sanctuary from the tired an often uninspired modern landscape. In a venture to blend old with new The Watts and Co. used their newfound influence to produce a spiritual debut album titled Sleep Sessions. As the months passed many members fell to the pressures and demands of modern life and the project was briefly shelved. Eventually the members made their way back to the music and began working on some feature songs for an E.P. thought best to encapsulate their current sonic signature.
The Bottom of the Ocean E.P. features four songs that were handpicked by the members of the Watts and Co. The catchy title track, an ode to Rubber Soul, contains gritty vocals by Stephen Fulton, driving Rhodes piano and a thumpy California bassline that will have you asking the same question as the band "Is This What You Call Love?".
The second song Bottom of the Ocean gives a far from fleeting glance into what it’s like to feel anchored in a relationship. With the aid of twelve String slide, ukulele and nursery rhyme melodies it'll give you the feeling that no matter where you are it can be hard to move on. Although if trying to move on sounds this good you'll hope you never do.
The third track is a contemporary homage to The Beatles “Get Back”. An outside looking in perspective at what the girl next door really is. Girl Next Door features driving treble guitar and upbeat rock and roll drums that will be sure to get any listener grooving.
The last track (but certainly not least) features shades of Bobby Dylan and Ray Davies in a protest song for modern ages. A harmonious movement which in many ways really shows how the band is able to mold a modern classic with heart. Something’s Gotta Give is supported by wonderful humming accordion, Leslie guitar and hip basslines to round out their debut into modern music.
The Watts and Co. are a force to be reckoned with and not only are onto something truly special but uniquely their own.
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