Waterstrider – Nowhere Now


Afro-drum beats and jungle safari melodies.

This is how “Nowhere Now” starts off by Californians, Waterstrider. It would be easy to mistake this as neo-Fela Kuti, and that’s a bloody good mistake to make.

The conga safari is cut by the distorted guitar plunges and the intense vocal inflections of Nate Salman. They float between grunt and falsetto so effortlessly that we can hear the influences of another musical great: Cedric Bixler-Zavala of The Mars Volta.

“Nowhere Now” is a fun relief from the indie scene. The five-piece Waterstrider sits on the healthy spectrum of the current landscape filled with the apocalyptic aftermath of Foster The People’sPumped Up Kicks”.

It’s in listening to this track that there is hope yet. The meticulously grouping of worldly percussion, distorted guitars, surf guitars, harmonised overdrives, driving bass strums and the intensive howl of “In the hurricane, I remain”. These are combinations that allow this track to get on our good side.

Five minutes of a worthy cause.


Hometown: San Francisco, California.
Latest release: Nowhere Now LP, out April 2015.
Sounds like? Jungle, tUnE-yArDs, Glowbug.

Paws and pineapples,

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