The brain child of brothers Andrew and Skip Robinson, the group Underwater Country Club could most aptly be described as a shape shifting outfit of melodies, booming rock percussion's, and lyrically poignant songs.
Brothers Andrew and Skip Robinson embarked in Underwater Country Club's early trepidations while attending Christian Brothers Academy, an all-boys prep school in Lincroft, New Jersey. At shows, the boys would regularly switch instrumentation, with Skip Robinson focusing primarily on Drums and Bass, and Andrew on guitar and piano. The brothers struggled to find success early on with a somewhat revolving door of members, usually playing with different musicians at every show.
Upon his own graduation from college with a degree in Music, Andrew Robinson moved to Philadelphia to live and play music with his younger brother who was still attending college in the area. The two began developing their live sound once again, all with the mentality that this would be the last concerted effort in making music a career choice.
While living and working, the brothers simultaneously scoured the area for musicians via social media, as well as Craig's list and classifieds. It was on Craig's List Andrew received a call from Jack Crawford, a street savvy Philadelphian who agreed to try out to play bass guitar.
Jack, who was attending college, pursuing a major in music , lived in North Philadelphia. His father was a musician and his mother was a baker of erotic cakes.
At the first rehearsal, the boys had reservations about adding Jack Crawford to the lineup. The brothers indicated in 2013 that Jack showed up with a cheap Ibanez bass guitar with no case, cables, or even an amp. But after only one song, the boys were so impressed that they demanded Jack join the band.
The boys bought Jack his own Fender Jazz bass and set him up on one their old rigs.
It was weeks later at an open mic that Andrew would announce his new outfit of musicians to a crowd of listeners. At the end of his set, he declared he was looking for a lead guitar player for a music group. It was after that show he would meet Anthony Coppa, a wily haired guitar effects scientist, sharing in the same goal of making music a career.
Anthony Coppa was had given up his career as a high school English teacher months prior to focus on a career in music. He had taken odd jobs working in medical laboratories, teaching guitar, as well as singing songs at a nursery school a few days a week. Bringing a wealth of guitar knowledge, as well as a catalogue of music compositions that spanning nearly 10 years, the boys quickly urged Anthony to join the band.
The group quickly began rehearsing and developing their live sound, practicing nearly 5 days a week. The band played their first show in West Philadelphia at the Dahlak Paradise. The show had received so much hype that the restaurant ran out of beer for the first time in its history.
The group continues now to play shows and commute from their West Philadelphia house where all four boys currently reside. The band recorded three new tracks which they have dubbed the Mint Green EP. The Mint Green EP is available at all shows and a fully pressed release is due in the summer of 2013.
Andrew Robinson - Guitar, keyboards and Vocals
Skip Robinson - Drums, guitar and vocals
Jack Zaferes - Bass
Anthony Coppa - Lead Guitar
Summer Blood (2012)
© 2012 UWCC Publishing, all songs written by Andrew and James Robinson - all rights reserved
Pantones - LP 2011
© 2011 UWCC Publishing, all songs written by Andrew and James Robinson - all rights reserved
UWCC Plays Langosta Lounge
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On Wednesday June 22nd the group currently known as Underwater Country Club made their Summer 2011 d...On Wednesday June 22nd the group currently known as Underwater Country Club made their Summer 2011 debut at Langosta Lounge in Asbury Park. The night was warm, humid but beautiful and perfect for a night filled with Indie Rock. Andrew Robinson was calm and collected at the bar drinking a Dos Equis while Anna, Catherine and Skip socialized with friends before they hit the stage. When the time came for the band to perform they were cheered by friends, lifeguards, Ogden representatives and local Asbury “scenesters” when they ripped into their hit song “Surfing Lessons.”
Throughout the set the crowd was smiling and having a good time enjoying song after song while enjoying some fine Latin beverages, I mean you can’t beat $5 Margaritas and $3 Latin beers while listening to some good Indie Rock music all night. About halfway through the set the band hit through a few newer songs such as “Saline” and “Mile Marker” the latter being one of the more popular songs among the lifeguard attendees. The band closed with my new favorite song they just wrote “Distraction” that most of my colleagues agreed was the strongest song of the set and couldn’t have ended the night better. Afterwards the band walked off stage drenched in sweat after performing around 8 songs in just under an hour. If you haven’t checked them out live, please do, they are playing every Thursday at Trinity And The Pope and TBA soon again at Langosta Lounge. Check back here for more info on their schedule and check the links below for more.
Underwater Country Club Haunt Asbury Park
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It was a beautiful night in Asbury Park, NJ and all the local crowd were wandering the lonely street...It was a beautiful night in Asbury Park, NJ and all the local crowd were wandering the lonely streets on a beautiful Spring night. The local bar flies were all settled in at their local watering holes, the hipsters were just adjusting their fedoras and Underwater Country Club was outside Trinity And The Pope drinking wine and beer thinking about their first set. It wouldn’t be too long till the New Jersey based Indie rock band would be haunting the streets of Asbury Park with their beautiful melodies. Because last night at Trinity And The Pope was the first Thursday of many in which the band will be playing at the Cajun Bar & Restaurant throughout the entire summer. Although the microphone may have smelled like white wine and fried crawfish by the end of the 45 minute set, the crowd was smiling after hearing a solid set of songs that the band played acoustically with ease. Although the band usually isn’t acoustic the sets they will be playing on Thursdays will be so they can show how diverse they can be in the way they play their songs.
I hope you can come out one of these Thursdays this summer with a bunch of us because the restaurant has a beautiful New Orleans style with great live performances being played with bands like Underwater Country Club. Lead singer Andrew Robinson said with a sense of humor “Hey whose from the Jersey Shore out there? Great! This song is about Philadelphia” and ripped into a fan favorite “Surfing Lessons.” Thats just a glimpse of the wit and humor you can expect if you show up one of these Thursdays, I hope to see you there.
Trinity And The Pope-Acoustic Thursday Set Dates
Underwater Country Club and The Pope
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Underwater Country Club is going to be playing consistently at the bar Trinity and the Pope in Asbur...Underwater Country Club is going to be playing consistently at the bar Trinity and the Pope in Asbury Park this summer every Thursday starting at 9pm. The band has a whole new batch of songs that are ready to be recorded at summers end so be sure to check them out a few times this summer while they unleash more and more material on you each set. If you haven’t been to Trinity and the Pope before it is located on Matteson Avenue behind Old Man Rafferty’s and is a beautiful distinguished bar. The building used to be an old bank which gives it that old Asbury Park feel and the place is extremely classy looking but doesn’t force a business casual attire on you. So if your a hipster like me, wear your jean cut offs, fedoras, and v neck down to your belly button and come see a great rock band perform every Thursday for the entire summer. For all information on the band, check the links below.
Underwater Country Club Facebook
Ogden Clothing Website
Trinity And The Pope Website
'Underwater Country Club' Hits Fair as part of Whirlwind Summer Tour
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Sometimes the most interesting acts at an event are the ones added latest to the program. Certainly ...Sometimes the most interesting acts at an event are the ones added latest to the program. Certainly that’s what the members of Underwater County Club are hoping for when they appear at this year’s Middlesex County Fair today.
“This is our first appearance, we got on the bill a little late,” said Skip Robinson, one of the band’s founders. “But we're excited to be performing at the festival.”
And for fairgoers who tend to shy away from the fair’s more standard music, they may also be excited to see the Underwater Country Club. As a recent article in The Fairfield University Mirror News Paper raved (one band member is a Fairfield student), "With their unique take on alternative rock, Underwater Country Club presents themselves as a formidable group with inventive style.
“Robinson and the other members of Underwater Country Club seem to center their songs around one character’s experience within the influences of an environment that he or she feels trapped in or incapable of fully connecting with. From this, we find a musical expression that presents the simplicity of human emotions while at the same time advocating their complexity and multidimensionality.”
Certainly the phrase "unique take on alternative rock" doesn’t narrow the band’s style down too much, but the musicians themselves list their primary musical influences as Paul Simon, Belle & Sebastian, The Beach Boys, and Wilco.
Not unlike the Beach Boys, the band traces its history back to brothers, in this case Skip and Andrew Robinson.
“We rotated a series of bass players till we decided to utilize our childhood friend Tom Dalzell, who lived down the road and would car pool to Christian Brothers Academy prep school with us,” said Robinson. “We recently added Catherine and Anna Wolk (sisters) from Bridgeport, Connecticut this year. The sisters met Andrew while studying music at Fairfield University.”
The name of the band doesn’t relate to any one event, but ties to all of the band members in one way or another. ”Underwater Country Club as a name is mysterious in its origin,” Robinson said. “Stories say the Wolk sisters crashed a golf cart into a golf course lake, Skip lifeguards at a country club that is going bankrupt, and Andrew spends most his time underwater on the swim team at Fairfield University.”
Names are names, however: Robinson would rather talk about the band’s music.
“Andrew is the primary songwriter,” he says, noting that he occasionally writes both on his own and with his brother. “The Wolk sisters have also begun to write songs for the band as well in recent months. Writing is done on our time, and the material and arrangements are always complete before entering any studio or recording session. We have a good idea of what we want things to be for UWCC.”
They’ve written enough, in fact, to populate a CD. “Pantones,” the band’s debut album, is available via iTunes. “The CD is one-hundred percent ours,” Robinson said. “We are unsigned, putting out the record on our own dollar. We completed the record in two six-hour days.” The band recorded the CD at Lakehouse Music in Asbury Park in the fall of 2010, and released it in February of 2011.
This Middlesex County Fair is just the latest stop in a whirlwind tour the band has been making over the past few months. “We’ve played over 45 shows this summer,” Robinson said. “Expect more next summer, and some more over the spring months. Listeners will be surprised for what the future holds for UWCC and will have something new to listen to, whatever that may be, in their stereos, iPods, and computers by Christmas.”
Underwater Country Club plays at the Middlesex County Fair on Sunday, Aug. 7, from 2 to 4 PM
Music Review: Underwater Country Club
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With their unique take on alternative rock, Underwater Country Club presents themselves as a formida...With their unique take on alternative rock, Underwater Country Club presents themselves as a formidable group with inventive style in their recent album. Fairfield junior Andrew Robinson, who is the band’s lead singer and guitarist, also writes the music and lyrics for the band. As the band’s leader, he creates a sound that is relaxing while at the same time mentally stimulating with their lyrics.
The song “Pastels Wagers” presents the singer’s experience of going to church on Easter Sunday and being sarcastically intrigued by his Jesus’ “cute little stories.” This subtle humor in their lyrics syncs up with their melodies and compositions to manifest a sense of longing within their work. From listening to the music, you feel as though the band is trying to find an expressionistic voice to advocate their sentiments, and they do so with stunning clarity.
What gives the album a sense of diversity is the way in which the songs introduce themselves with a piano riff, a short guitar intro or just a steady silence that grows to a fulfilling auditory expression. Songs like “Scene The Dark” and “Devil’s Swing Set” exhibit a musical experimentation that is poised with poignant lyrics and inventive titles. In this, the songs interconnect with a sense of individuality yet maintain the simulacra of a flowing melody.
Robinson has stated that among his favorite bands are Arcade Fire and Modest Mouse, and from listening to the album, one can get a sense of this influence. Underwater Country Club possess both the rhythm of a guitar based alternative rock band, while maintaining a sense of electronic staccato. Amidst this well crafted sound are the lyrics that hold a great pertinence to the intrigued listener.
Like Arcade Fire, Robinson and the other members of Underwater Country Club seem to center their songs around one character’s experience within the influences of an environment that he or she feels trapped in or incapable of fully connecting with. From this, we find a musical expression that presents the simplicity of human emotions while at the same time advocating their complexity and multidimensionality.
The music business also happens to be the family business for Underwater Country Club as well. “I play with my brother primarily who is a percussionist,” Robinson stated. He also commented on the fact that they play with musicians from different schools including Fairfield but advocated this family connection saying, “My brother and I are the core components.” Coming from the musical well-spring of Asbury Park, New Jersey, this brother dynamic proves that their musical synthesis is one that intrigues as well as entertains. They present an artistic expression that goes beyond the superficial nature of most music without being too full of itself. Because of this Underwater Country Club is perfect to listen to while doing work or simply hanging out to enjoying the passing hours. To enjoy this music, you can find it streaming online or contact Andrew Robinson.
UWCC Deli Magazine Interview
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Andrew Robinson of Underwater Country Club Sits down for a candid interview with The Deli Magazine o...Andrew Robinson of Underwater Country Club Sits down for a candid interview with The Deli Magazine of Philadelphia
Underwater Country Club Hangs Out With One Cool Panda
Music video review by Speak Into My Good Eye
Sample Original Set
-Galaxy Girl *
-Scene in the Dark
-Can't Stand the Snow
-Black Light Party/ Aftermath
-Wait Out Wait Up
-Keep Us Inside
* denotes that the song is not on an album
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