THE BLACK WATCH: jiggery-pokerythe black watch, a long-standing violin/guitar attack indie pop band with mesmerizing melodies and soaring boy/girl vocals have released 7 CDs in 12 years and have been compared to the likes of xtc, my bloody Valentine, robyn hitchcock, new order and/or, perhaps most flatteringly, a sad Beatles. critics in the indie world have raved about the virtousic violin work of J'Anna Jacoby (now a part-time member of Rod Stewart's band).
J'Anna also plays strange chords on guitar and sings the odd song. frontman John Andrew Fredrick holds a Ph.D. in English Literature and his lyrics sure do reflect that interesting fact: they're as poetic as they are reflective and, at times, very very sardonic as well as witty and wise. the jazz butcher makes a guest appearance on "what is the color of happiness?" (featured on their 2002 release: jiggery-pokery. Jack Rabid of stalwart indie mag THE BIG TAKEOVER has labeled the black watch "the most criminally under appreciated indie band in America." "the king of good intentions" may be this wonderfully spacey and poppy band's best effort yet.
Check out the artist's website:
1. The Tennis_playing Poet Roethke Said
2. Alice in Lotusland
4. Bathyscope to Astronaut
5. What Is the Color of Happiness
6. Dear Abby
7. Here Today
8. Come Tomorrow
9. Everything Is Just a Scam
10. Persephone Acheives
11. Mr. Ordinary Man
13. To William, My Father, Who Brought Home Books On India (doot Doo