Watertank – Destination Unknown

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Save for the album title, Destination Unknown (Solar Flare Records), from the French Alternative Rock outfit Watertank, is a focused and honed full-length, featuring memorable riffs and emotive harmonies that resonate long after album’s end.

Destination Unknown is the nine-song follow-up to the Nantes-based band’s 2013 debut, Sleepwalk. Clocking in under forty minutes, Destination Unknown takes to typical Alt-Rock tenants with ease: melodic riffs, anchored by pummeling percussion, deliver the band’s brand of all-purpose “heavy” through down-turned guitars, pristine production quality, and thoughtful songwriting.

Opening track ‘Automatic Reset,’ introduces Watertank’s sonic signature in big refrains and assertive vocals, as second track, ‘Fever,’ plays as a Foo Fighters-style, chord-driven anthem. Favorite track, ‘Contrails,’ calls up post-90s riff Rock ala Verve Pipe or Jawbox, and Watertank is expert in mingling precision and fuzz for the era-reminiscent sound.

‘DCVR’ follows with heart-bending notes, and the ‘Last Lost Hope’ is the album’s most sentimental and melancholically sweet. Watertank conjures up considerate melodies on ‘Surrender,’ which truly reign and ring on ‘Doomed Drifters’ and ‘Scheme,’ which deepen in the songs’ overall soft skin.

Closing track, ‘Destination Unknown,’ quiets the album to a close, and reflects and rests upon the album’s steady, consistent hearth.

Destination Unknown soars in equal insouciance and solidity, and each track composes a harmonious sum that is overall enjoyable and moving.

6.0/10

LINDSAY O’CONNOR

Music Video: Watertank – Surrender

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French post hardcore outfit Watertank is streaming their Special Sauce Productions (Hellfest, etc.) directed music video for “Surrender,” off of their sophomore album Destination Unknown, out June 29, 2015 via Solar Flare Records below.

Delivering thirty-three minutes of slick, driving, melodic/post-hardcore on par with the likes of Torche, Quicksand, Jawbox, Fireside and Failure, the revamped Watertank lineup recorded Destination Unknown with Patrice Guillerme (Papier Tigre, Patriotic Sunday) and commissioned Carl Saff (Coliseum, Pilot To Gunner) for mastering duties, cohesively revealing a more confident band through this new batch of strongly crafted songs.

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Audio + Tour: Watertank – DCVR + Upcoming French Tour Dates

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French noisey melodic hardcore outfit Watertank is streaming “DCVR” off of Destination Unknown, out June 29, 2015 via Solar Flare Recordshere. The band has a string of upcoming French live dates.

May 16: Heretic – Bordeaux (FR) (w/ Aguirre)
May 20: Glazart – Paris (FR) (w/ Torche, Your Highness)
May 21: TBA
May 22: Molodoi – Strasbourg (FR) (w/ Kurt)
May 23: Le Café Français – Vesoul (FR) w/ Membrane)
Jun 01: Le Ferrailleur – Nantes (FR) w/ Torche

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Watertank Releasing Destination Unknown on June 29th, Upcoming Shows

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Nantes post hardcore outfit Watertank will be releasing their sophomore album Destination Unknown on June 29, 2015 via Solar Flare Records. The album was recorded by Patrice Guillerme (Papier Tigre, Patriotic Sunday) and mastered by Carl Saff (Coliseum, Pilot To Gunner).

Destination Unknown Track Listing:
01: Automatic Reset
02: Fever
03: Contrails
04: DCVR
05: Last/Lost Hope
06: Surrender
07: Doomed Drifters
08: Scheme
09: Destination Unknown

The band has an upcoming string of live dates across France.

May 13: Emporium Galorium – Rouen (FR)
May 15: Black Out – Montpellier (FR) (w/ Lahius)
May 16: Heretic – Bordeaux (FR) (w/ Aguirre)
May 20: Glazart – Paris (FR) (w/ Torche, Your Highness)
May 21: TBA
May 22: Molodoi – Strasbourg (FR) (w/ Kurt)
May 23: Le Café Français – Vesoul (FR) (w/ Membrane)
Jun 01: Le Ferrailleur – Nantes (FR) (w/ Torche)

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