September 25 [10:00 EDT] -- Mike Watt is preparing for the October 7 release of his 'punk rock opera' CD, "Contemplating the Engine Room," with a video of the first single, "Liberty Calls," shot this past weekend by Spike Jonze. The clip is reportedly a take-off on an '80s-style rap video and includes Watt break dancing.
Watt says the concept album revolves around the ships and machinery that dominate his long-time residence, the Los Angeles area port town of San Pedro, and the "characters who operate or 'play' the machines besides also living aboard them."
October 7 also marks the start of a two-month "Sticking the Head Out The Hatch" tour billed as Mike Watt and the Black Gang Crew, boat talk, says Watt, for the engine room crew. The band, a trio, also includes guitarist Joe Baiza and drummer Stephen Hodges. Nels Cline from the Geraldine Fibbers, who played guitar on the album, can't travel because of commitments with his primary band. Watt's last road stint was last
year as a guest bassist for Porno for Pyros.