The Black Watch - The Riptide Movement

The Black Watch have just released 'Mad' ahead of John Andrew Fredrick releasing his 17th full-length album 'Magic Johnson' as lead song-smith of the black watch. With a quick tempo and slick rock delivery, it's notable just how the fresh the piece feels, considering how much music has preceded the song. 

Dublin's The Riptide Movement have just announced a London show at The Islington on Friday 4th October hot on the heels of their recent new song release 'I'll Be There'. The song is a vibrant indie rocker that's rather catchy to put it mildly.

The Black Watch - Magic Johnson.

An avowed Anglophile, author, English professor and irrepressible Los Angeles based songwriter John Andrew Fredrick is about to release his 17th full-length as lead songsmith of the black watch. 'Magic Johnson' is released in the UK through Atom records on the 8th of August 2019.

It reunites Fredrick with Scott Campbell (Acetone, Carina Round, Stevie Nicks), Andy Creighton (The World Record), and Rob Campanella (The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Tyde) released by Atom Records in the UK in August. Fredrick’s songs are infused with bittersweet sunlit vibes distinctive of what he calls a 'quintessentially LA record', yet its influenced by his love of 80s English post-punk, Flying Nun records, C-86 and the psychedelic works of The Beatles.

It's preceded by the lead single 'Mad' in June that's wry, infectious songwriting is a jangly, joyous celebration of a lover’s craziness, that's sideways romp stokes the distant embers of acts as disparate as The Wedding Present, The Go-Betweens and The Cure, yet remains distinctively the black watch a band due the attention they genuinely deserve in the country that inspired much of their sound.

In 2019, the black watch issues Magic Johnson, its 17th long player, the songs (and the subjects they cover) on the new TBW LP certainly are singularly varied, if not truly weird, eerie, strange: a dream reimagined from a Thomas Hardy novel (“Eustacia’s Dream”); a breathtaking story of male violence and desire from Elizabeth I’s reign (“April Fools”); a childlike exhortation applied to adult disappointments (“Upsy-Daisy”). Anti-love songs, lovey love songs, carpe diem lullabies, a pulsating rocker mocking LA posers and trendies and “Coachella hat chicks” who are “always lonely, though never alone.”


The Riptide Movement - I'll Be There.

Dublin four-piece The Riptide Movement are set to release their eagerly anticipated new single “I’ll Be There”

This song is an uplifting, energizing, guitar driven anthem with a massive chorus and is without doubt a return to form for the band. Co-produced in Attica Studios with the legendary Tommy McLoughlin (Villagers, SOAK) “I’ll Be There” could possibly be their best offering to date.

Complimenting this uplifting track is a 2D live action animated music video that was produced and directed by BAFTA award winning Jam Media.

With four studio albums to their name - most notably The RTÉ Choice Music Prize nominated, Gold selling, Number 1 Album “Getting Through” - The Riptide Movement are renowned for their phenomenal live shows and soaring, guitar driven, energetic tracks. Having toured extensively throughout 2018 on the back of critically acclaimed releases “All Works Out", “Elephant in the Room” and “Changeling”, a busy summer of festival appearances awaits.

“I’ll Be There” the brand new single from The Riptide Movement, is available on all streaming platforms and digital formats now.