Yesterday, I went over to Official.fm to check my dropbox for the first time in a while, and I was pleased to see five new submissions. I thought to myself, “YAY! 5 new bands to check out!” To my dismay, however, it was five songs all from the same band. ARGHH! Instead of banging my laptop against the wall in frustration, I took a deep breath and just pressed play, and my anger melted away after about ten seconds.
The Watermarks are a five-piece group out of Houston, TX, and write a dangerously catchy blend of electronic and indie rock songs. They’ve opened for some great acts, like The Ting Tings, Bowling for Soup, The Shys, Broken Social Scene, and Of Montreal.
“Thoughts Like Bombs” is not their most recent work (it was released in June 2009), but it stands on its own as an excellent blend of danceable electronic music and driving indie rock. These boys are heavily influenced by acts like David Bowie, Depeche Mode, New Order, and those influences shine through in many of the songs on this EP. Although it has somewhat of a slow introduction, I really enjoyed the first track on the EP, called “Fast Song.” It makes me want to try to dance and headbang simultaneously in order to achieve maximum brain damage.
You can download the album over at The Watermarks’ Bandcamp page, PWYW-style (pay what you want, I suggest something other than zero).