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If the baby boomers are reluctant to just die already then the only way young musicians are going to be able to climb up on that stage is either on their own terms or by giving all those stale, old, gray men and woman the boot. We have the Internet and that's changing everything; great, but the Internet is too niche-driven; we need to take control of the spotlight. I really think it's about time young people just appropriate the music of their parents, change it to meet their own needs, and with a big middle finger flyin' out the window take off playing it way better than anything with wrinkles ever could. That's "throwback" music, It's not anachronistic. It's music that sounds, not descended from, but identical to the music Mom and Dad listened to. The difference being "throwback" artists aren't trying to keep their wallets fat and their asses not. These are fresh-faced fine young things improving upon a classic style with their fresh takes and their vast understanding of music's history. Their work is only anachronistic, as in, when the hell was this recorded?
Nick Waterhouse is a musician and DJ whose specialty has always been music older than he is. Nick even looks like an Oldie But Goodie; he wears ties and thick glasses, and my first impression of the guy was I bet everyone called him "Buddy Holly" in high school. Nick plays records at more than one oldies-centric night here in the city. He's got a grasp on music's past to rival any aging old fossil on Rock'n'Roll Jeopardy.
Nick's work with the Turn-Keys dates back to pre-Beatles rockin' rhythm and blues, self described as a, "midnight-hour R&B shake-fest." There's something very reassuring about the song's authenticity knowing Nick's familiarity with the ghosts of music's past. The composition of the song is crafted by the trustworthy hands of a more than capable connoisseur.
So here's how it happens: Nick heads south to Costa Mesa, California. He's visiting an old friend at his recording studio McHugh's Distillery, and he's got a tune in his head. Some calls are made and a band begins to form as musicians walk in the door: Ira Raibon on saxophone, Kyle Stephens on drums and electric bass, Pedrum Siadatian on electric bass and percussion, Matthew Correia on drums and percussion, Allison Lovie and Mackenna Waterhouse singing and hand clappin', and finally Nick grabs everything else :—piano, guitar, maraca, and lead vocals. And they bang out the tune right there.
Now although Nick appears to be the mastermind (we're profiling him after all), he made it clear to me, "I don't really consider myself the "act," I just want to make good records, so some of them won't necessarily have my name up front on them." Although the label on this one does.
The "Some Place" 45 by Nick Waterhouse and the Turn-Keys will see a release on November 23rd. The man has assembled a group here in town so they can play a record release show the first week of December. Nick will be self-releasing the song on his label Pres Records, and you can get more of the gory details on the label's blog ( You can see Nick DJ on Tuesdays at Make-Out Room, an old school slow jams night called "Lost & Found," or every second Saturday at Koko Cocktails for "Do Right!" or the occasional "1964" at Edinburgh Castle and guest spot at the Knockout's "Oldies Night" (if you keep your ear to the ground).