Inspired by the northwest hills of NJ in the shadow of the Appalachian Ridge, Water Street creates a new version Indie-Americana, mixing soulful acoustic melodies with rugged rock and roll bursts, enticing sax riffs, and a driving rhythm section with some hints of funk which combine to create a uniquely new, Pop/Americana/Roots sound.
The band first adopted the name Water Street from the location where the band would meet to practice, write and hone their craft. They took the name as a nod to their roots, reflecting the close sense of community bonding them to their town, each other, and their work.
The band released their first full-length album "Waiting for Martin," in 2016 and followed with "Dear You," a six-track EP in 2018. They have appeared on the pages of Vents Magazine and The Indie Music Review, and played hundreds of shows across the region. The group competed in and won Dorney Park's first Battle of the Bands in 2016, earning them a spot on one of Musikfest's main stages in Bethlehem, PA later that year.
Fast forwarding to the 2020s, the band evolves to a whole new level with the recent addition of Julia Aiello on vocals and three powerhouse musicians – bassist Brendon Gardner, electric guitarist Eddie Woodcock and pianist/keyboardist Alex Kerssen. While Dave’s lyrics on Water Street’s 2022 album All We Tried to Be are inspired by classic folk songwriting, the overall vibe is decidedly less Americana and more pop/rock. The current lineup has already performed at numerous venues in NYC and Boston, at Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA and Sourland Music Festival in Ringoes, NJ – and is booked solid through winter 2024.
This is a band that means what they say. Sit back, take a listen, and expect the unexpected. Prepare to be won over by Water Street's dynamic energy and genuine likeability.