As a fairly young band, Underwater Country Club has great potential to become a serious player in the indie music scene. The band's influences include: Dr. Dog, Arcade Fire, Modest Mouse, and Simon and Garfunkel.
UWCC was founded by singer song-writer brothers Andrew and Skip Robinson. The brothers each play several instruments and frequently switch the mood and flavor of the show by changing instruments and alternating lead vocals. This duo then teamed up with bassist and childhood friends Tom Dalzell and Matt Wade on their summer tour of 2010. At Fairfield University Andrew worked with string players and sisters Anna and Catherine Wolk (on violin and cello respectively) and invited them to work on their new album Summer Blood. The album is finished and will be released this summer. With Andrew and Skip being the only consistent members of the band, You can always count on seeing a powerful and unique show every time UWCC hits the stage. Having spent their Thursday residency at Trinity in the Pope in Asbury Park from May 2010 until September 2010. They are seasoned players in the music scene.
2010 was a busy year for UWCC, playing packed clubs on the Jersey shore and showing a strong festival line-up including Clam Jam (Fairfield, CT), Schuyler Festival (Watkins Glen, NY), Cornwall-on-Hudson Riverfest (Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY) and the Cambridge River Festival (Cambridge, MA), to name a few.
Now in 2011, Underwater Country Club is working harder than ever. After the release of Pantones, Underwater Country Club is continuing to tour the New Jersey area, playing festivals and other venues across the state. The band has also played in New York City at bars like Bar East and Arlene's Grocery. Their performance at Arlene's Grocery lead to them being called back for the "Best Of" night.
In 2011 with its second record release Pantones, they follow the success of their debut EP Sexual Attraction, which will now be featured as the title track of the Indie film "The Only Two" being debuted at the 3rd Annual Philadelphia film festival. Ogden Music called Pantones “…the heart of indie-pop…” and states that Pantones is “…2011's big potenital indie break-out album.” Favorites from the Album include Surfing Lessons, Keep Us Inside, and Devil's Swing Set.
The band is continually working, on both their music and their following. UWCC is always trying to build its fan base and connect with the fans they already have. Not settling after their newest record release, the band continues to write more songs. The newest music is a bit different. It's less pop, more rock and is designed around the new sound and instrumentation the band keeps working at.
The band keeps an active and continually growing fan base through Twitter, Facebook, Myspace and Tumblr.
Andrew Robinson - Guitar, keyboards and Vocals
Skip Robinson - Drums, guitar and vocals
Martin O'Sullivan - Bass
Matt Wade - Drums, keyboards
Pantones - LP 2011
© 2011 UWCC Publishing, all songs written by Andrew and James Robinson - all rights reserved
-Try To Keep Us Inside
-Scene In the Dark
-Show and Tell
-Blacklight Party/ Aftermath
-Wait Out Wait Up
I know - EP (2010)
© 2010 UWCC Publishing, all songs written by Andrew and James Robinson - all rights reserved
-With the Lights On
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.
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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