In a world of bad trends and over-produced albums, Water & Bodies aim to create honest, positive, well-crafted music. Possessing an eclectic indie-rock vibe that mixes the smooth sounds of the late ‘70s, hits from the ‘80s, and an alternative vibe of the ‘90s, these Portland, OR natives are no strangers to the music world. Christopher James Ruff (Vocals, Keys), Aaron Tollefson (Guitar, Vocals), Kile Brwer (Bass), and Beau Kuther (Drums) have played together for nearly a decade in other projects—both signed and unsigned—and have experienced all angles of the industry. Now reunited with bass player Kile Brewer upon the departure of Kelsey Kuther, the group recorded an album they could truly call unique.
After releasing two solid EPs that garnered them local notoriety and praise, Water & Bodies took to the road for a three-week West Coast tour in July of 2010. Upon returning home, they wasted no time in letting their creativity flow, and wrote a full album’s worth of songs in less than two months. The resulting tracks were recorded with producer Rian Lewis (Crosstide) at Interlace Audio and his home studio in Portland, Oregon. Completely funded via a Kickstarter campaign, the band raised enough money from their rapidly growing fan base to record and self-release their debut album Light Year independently, without the assistance of a label.
In the spring of 2012 after a handful of successful SXSW showcases and a busy hometown schedule opening for the likes of Our Lady Peace, Biffy Clyro, A Silent Film, and Civil Twilight, the band began recording a new EP at lead singer Christopher Ruff’s home in Portland, OR. The raw tracks that were recorded in Ruffs’ basement were then sent to producer Colton Holiday (The Panic Division) to mix and master at his San Antonio, TX studio. The final product interlaces the passion and raw hooks of ‘80s alternative rock with their already-streamlined modern melodic sound.
Water & Bodies’ new EP American Dream will undoubtedly scream to those who want to hear something real. Music lovers from all walks of life will be able to take something positive from this fresh collection of heart-felt, energetic songs. Possessing a keen sense of melody and showcasing strong songwriting skills, Water & Bodies’ latest proves they have what it takes to hang with the big boys. American Dream will be released on election day (Nov 6th, 2012) via the band’s label E.Y.O.S Records.