Sweet Water is a rarity as a band – a group of survivors who have created and sustained a badass rock and roll band that is built to last. Bands don’t seem to last anymore – but Sweet Water does, and they keep getting better.
2012 will mark the release of the first new Sweet Water material since 2009 – and will be the SW recording debut of white-hot drummer Chris Friel (Goodness, Shadow, The Rockfords), who joined in mid-2009.
The as-yet untitled new record is slated for release in February of 2012 and promises to be a walloping follow-up to 2009’s fan favorite, the critically-acclaimed “Clear the Tarmac” (Golden City).
I recently caught up with bassist and primary songwriter Cole Peterson, who says this about the upcoming release, “This next record is the best thing we’ve ever done – we’re so focused now and free and the songs are just amazing. We’ve been able to reach beyond what we thought we were capable of and my god – this thing RAWKS. Sweet Water is a four-headed rock machine that lives on new songs, so we’re doing quite well right now"
Quite well, indeed. The band with Friel behind the kit is switchblade-sharp and insanely energetic. I’ve seen several shows with Friel drumming - the older material sounds better than ever and the new tunes are amazing - classic Sweet Water - poppy, punky, timeless, controlled-chaos rock and roll.
"The band sounds awesome and we’ve kept true to our rock and roll vision," comments guitarist Rich Credo. "Our goal is to play electrifying shows and to keep making great records with great songs. We’ve been around the block a few times – so we know that we can bring the rock, and of course, we will…”
I can’t wait for the next record and the slew of touring that will support it. And if what I’ve heard off of the new record is any indication - my guess is EVERYONE will be clamoring for more Sweet Water. It’s that good.
- Bernie Patanka, independent writer/DJ and music business entrepreneur