Doug Ratner & The Watchmen

Doug Ratner & The Watchmen

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Country fried rock n' rollers, Doug Ratner & The Watchmen are a leather jacket wearing, red jean sporting, and cowboy boot strutting rock band with a burning desire to rock your faces off. Empowered with a message of rebellion and freedom, these boys are causing a stir wherever they roam.



Biography

Doug Ratner & The Watchmen have covered a lot of ground in a pretty short space of time. If rock n’ roll and the highway make a perfect marriage, the power trio out of Longmeadow, Massachusetts has spent the last year-and-a-half on its honeymoon.

Doug Ratner (guitar, vocals), Rob Morales (bass) and Jimmy Farquhar (drums) assembled in early 2012 with a shared passion for triumphant riffs and perfect hooks. Since then, they’ve completed an all-conquering tour of the U.S, released a critically-acclaimed EP (Lessons Well Learned) and recorded a brand new batch of pickup-truck anthems and country-fried rockers. With one foot planted in the Summer of Love, the other rooted in the golden age of grunge and a few sneaky fingers swirling around a bowl of Southern grits, The Watchmen have mined the best parts of our rock n’ roll heritage to produce a wholly original sound.

Make no mistake about it. This band wants to party. They want to get down. They want to come to your town and make you forget the job or the girl or the life that’s got you feeling low. Ratner’s playing conjures Keith Richards on a biscuits and-gravy bender and his vocals suggest the wry, good-natured rebellion of early Tom Petty. Rob’s sneaky bass lines evoke the menacing post-punk humor of Black Flag and Jimmy punctuates the band’s sound with a cage-rattling classic rock thump.

Like all truly great rock n’ roll bands, the Watchmen are also just a little bit of trouble, a quality perhaps best-exemplified by their appearance on the popular local television show, Mass Appeal. The band was unceremoniously banished from the set for playing their incendiary single, “Bomb in the Backseat,” while smashing a laptop during a live broadcast. The band does not expect to be invited back for an encore performance.

Of course, any such destruction is strictly in the name of good fun. Doug Ratner is a rock n’ roll idealist at heart and a topflight hook-smith to boot. Under his leadership, The Watchmen have crusaded to prove that rock n’ roll still has the power to save.

As the band’s namesake and longest tenured member, Ratner has one album already under his belt with an earlier incarnation of The Watchmen. Skope Magazine called 2009’s self-released Eye to Eye “Garage-y and retro but polished and contemporary.”

This balance is pushed to even greater effect on Run With Me, an album featuring a dozen new tunes by the recently minted trio. Released in August 2013 and engineered by Justin Pizzoferatto (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur, Jr.) Run With Me merges a punk sensibility and a sunny C&W groove with pure rock n’ roll swagger.

On lead single, “If You Wanna”, one gets the sense that The Watchmen would be as much at home sharing a bill with the Allman Brothers as backing Brad Paisley. Don’t mistake their charm for complacency though. Be assured, The Watchmen are here to shake things up.

“For 60 years straight,” Ratner observes, “there was a constant influx of bands and artists that all fell under the rock n roll spectrum and all of them were beacons of hope for people. What has happened to that? Where is the Bruce Springsteen of our generation that can help us fight through our burdens and struggles of this world? Well, I hope to be that iconic figure and we hope to spark a flame that will rekindle rock n’ roll music once and for all.”

Lyrics

Dogs

Written By: Doug Ratner

Woke up with two empty bottles of cheap, red wine
And my glass laying there on the floor
It's been three days and i haven't seen your face
Since you stumbled drunk through my door

I'd rather be with my dogs
Than be with you girl
I'd rather be with my dogs
Than be with you girl
I'd rather be with my dogs
Than be with you
Than be with you

I'm still picking up the pieces of my red Aikea dishes
From when you threw them at my head
Girl it's lonely nights and endless fights
Scream and shout you walk on out
All you do is make me blue

I'd rather be with my dogs
Than be with you girl
I'd rather be with my dogs
Than be with you girl
I'd rather be with my dogs
Than be with you
Than be with you

When you treat me wrong
They're by my side
They keep me warm and safe at night
They give me loving when you give me nothing
They never ever bring me down

Lately I've been thinking we best be a breaking up
This ain't really working for me
So give my key to the neighbor and i guess I'll see you later
I got all the loving I need

Chorus

Red Jeans

Written By: Doug Ratner

I look around and all I see
Are the same old boring baggy jeans
Clean cut guys in khaki slacks
But that's not where it's at

There's corporate types in their business suits
Blue collar men in their working boots
Hipsters in their beat up keys
And all the jocks just try to fit in

They'll be walking, but I'll be rocking my
Red jeans and cowboy boots
They'll be walking, but I'll be rocking my
Red jeans and cowboy boots

When ladies see my red behind
They don't bother with the other guys
They hear my boots walking down the street
They line up to get next to me

They'll be walking, but I'll be rocking my
Red jeans and cowboy boots
They'll be walking, but I'll be rocking my
Red jeans and cowboy boots

My momma done told me be yourself
You gotta do your thing and do it well
So I turned my guitar up all the way
And play that thing till the break of day

They'll be walking, but I'll be rocking my
Red jeans and cowboy boots
They'll be walking, but I'll be rocking my
Red jeans and cowboy boots

If You Wanna

Written By: Doug Ratner

ain't no clean cut, 9-5, suit wearing corporate type
Sorry girl that ain't me
Cuz I'm a leather wearin' risk taking devil may care mischief making
Roll the dice kinda guy

So if you wanna rock n roll, than run with me
And if you wanna feel the road, than take a seat
And if you wanna find answers to questions you seek
I said girl, run with me....

I ain't no greasy haired fake tanned Ed Hardy macho man
Sorry girl that ain't me
Well if you dig my beard and long hair, jump on board if you dare
Ya girl that's me

So if you wanna rock n roll, than run with me
And if you wanna feel the road, than take a seat
And if you wanna find answers to questions you seek
I said girl, roll with me....

If you wanna roll with me
You gotta rock n roll with me

i won't settle down at 25, buy a house or find a wife
That life ain't for me
Cuz I'm travelin' down a dark road I ease my pain with rock n roll
Ya girl that's me

So if you want a little danger, than I'm your man
And if you want an adventure, than take my hand
And if you wanna find answers, to questions you seek
I said girl run with me

And if you wanna rock n roll, than run with me
And if you wanna feel the road, than take a seat
And if you wanna find answers to questions you seek
I said girl, run with me....
I said girl, roll with me...

Discography

'Run With Me"- Full Length

"Lessons Well Learned"- 5 Song EP

"Eye to Eye"- Full Length Studio Album

Set List

A typical set is between 45-60 minutes of extremely high energy, foot stomping rock n' roll. A few covers have been known to get thrown in the mix.