Combining the sounds of classic 60’s psychedelia with the likes of The Verve, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Primal Scream – Manchester based 4-piece The Watchmakers have created a unique blend of psychedelic laced rock ‘n’ roll that has been shrouded in mystery over the last 18 months. Their self-produced demos Before Questions Became and Waves have earned the band much critical praise and airplay from the likes of John Kennedy at XFM and BBC Introducing in Manchester and has led to seasoned music lovers and music industry insiders clamouring for more material.
Having sold out two self-promoted psychedelic happenings in Manchester in 2013 as well as playing with the likes of The Pretty Things, Jacco Gardner, Dark Bells and Exit Calm, the band performed at a BBC Showcase in February 2014 and were recommended as “one’s to watch” by BBC 6music.
The Watchmakers released two brand new songs – Illumination and Carpe Diem – in June 2014, selling out Night & Day Cafe for the launch night. The single has received widespread airplay, whilst NME described ‘Illumination’ as “putting the strut back into psych”.
“Imagine if Noel Gallagher’s solo record had actually been willing to cut loose and explore its boundaries, and you might be arriving somewhere near to their sound” – (Drowned In Sound)
“One of the juiciest psych-rock delights you could pluck from the music playing fields of the UK right now” – (Louder Than War review of Before Questions Became)
“The visceral charge of BRMC and the psychedelic adventure of Primal Scream” – (Manchester Evening News)
“Paint It Black/Tomorrow Never Knows meets Kasabian, with an added swagger and an energy all of its own. It’s a real dark, twisted, psychedelic rocker with a groove to move the listener” – (Louder Than War review of Waves)