Bottom of the Ocean E​.​P.

by The Watts & Co.

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about

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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credits

released June 30, 2011

Nickolej Villiger - Vocals, Guitar and Bass
Stephen Fulton - Vocals, Keyboard and Organ
Mikail Villiger - Vocals and Guitar
Adrian Stevenson - Drums and Percussion

Dedicated to Mary Jensen and Nico Villiger

Album design and illustrations by Nickolej Villiger
Photography by Meghan Villiger
Special appearances by Chris Lorden

All songs written, recorded, produced and mixed by Nickolej Villiger and members of The Watts & Co. at Look Studios in Alberta, Canada.

All songs presented in MONO.

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Track Name: Is This What You Call Love?
Is This What You Call Love?

I see you walking with that look in your eyes
And I know that it's hard to fight.

When I see you with him I can feel your disguise
And I know that it just ain’t right.

Oh baby! You know it
You know you're gunna be mine.
So come on baby! Why don’t you show it?
‘Cause you know you're gunna be mine.
You know you're gunna to be mine.

Feelings could be hidden only words be left written
On what you mean to me.

Girl if you were with me oh how quickly you’ll see
What love was meant to be.

Oh baby! You know it
You know you're gunna be mine.
So come on baby! Why don’t you show it?
‘Cause you know you're gunna be mine.
You know you're gunna to be mine.

Is this what you call love?
All my life I’ve been waiting for you.

But still I wait…
Still I wait for you
All my life.

Is this what you call love?
All my life I’ve been waiting for you.
Track Name: Bottom of the Ocean
Bottom of the Ocean

So I left my heart at the bottom of the ocean
But I left my body on a raft at sea.

I’m down so down, I’m feeling, feeling so alone now
I got the broken bottle blues now honey take a ride with me.

So I left my heart at the bottom of the ocean
But I left my body on a raft at sea.

Night or day it’s dark at the bottom of the ocean
The world keeps a turning but the sun don’t rise on me.

So I gave myself a little time to move on.
Track Name: Girl Next Door
Girl Next Door

Betty was a saint who always sung the same song
No sin too small but divorce was just so wrong.
And in front of God and man of man
She had made her whole damn plan
On forgiving what she got.

Now she lives alone in lowly Alberta
Waiting on the world for something to show her
That sins in the heart of man
Try and shake it but you can’t
Forgiving all what we had got.

Too much is never enough.
You keep it right.
You keep it tied up and so tough.

Girl Next Door
You knew the score
Now it seems no ends in sight.

Girl Next Door
You knew the score
Gotta loose just once or twice.

Katy rolled the dice on love and defiance
Fever to my soul and rebel to my science.
And in the place of blessed chance
She had lost by happenstance
Gambling all that she had got.

Now she flew away uncorked the sins of yesterday
Such a novel game but not the one I’d like to play.
So best pick up your pace
But this ain’t no bloody race
When you already lost what you had won.

Too much is never enough.
You keep it right
You keep it tied up and so tough.

Girl Next Door
You knew the score
Now it seems no ends in sight.

Girl Next Door
You knew the score
Gotta loose just once or twice.
Track Name: Something's Gotta Give
Something’s Gotta Give

Seein’ the past relations and
The war you recreating
I think I’ve seen it all.
Is the peace your preaching even peace at all?

Oh I guess your right
Freedom is not free until you die
Until you die.

Taking those countries orders
You walk the line on thoughts and boarders.
Well I guess that’s all right.
After all what’s the point on giving man a choice?

Oh I guess your right
But the tide outside is turning
And the world keeps on burning
And you can’t seem to look up from your phones.

But a man who stands for nothing
Will fall for anything.
Something’s gotta give on the way we live.
On the way we live.

You harbor your reservations and
Impose your regulations on us all.
But freedom is not free until you fall.

Uncle Sammy’s blind to just about anyone.