Waterline comprises Mick, Keef, Carla and Alistair.
The members have known each other for longer than they care to remember. As would be expected in a group of this vintage they have played across a range of bands and genres before joining together in Waterline.
Check out the band member profiles. With some inside information on he band’s background you might come to a deeper understanding of their inner passions when you enjoy the next Waterline experience.
Mick started playing the drums (read: ice cream containers) somewhere in the time between being breast-fed, and his testicles dropping.
His first band lasted for the majority of his secondary school years and as the resident stick twirler, he was a massive hit with the hormonally-ranging girls.
Somewhere into adulthood he continued his bangin’ the skins in various bands and became such a wiz, he graduated to using two hands! Now in middle-life he looks forward to honing his masterful skin slappin’ and is looking forward to the day he can show his skills in local bowling clubs and retirement villages. In the meantime, he is the engine oil that drives the Waterline machine!
Keef is your classic Londoner, so cool and understated. Strongly influenced by Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Eric Sykes and strong liquor, Keef is sure to make you sick when he launches into a face-melting guitar solo. The ease with which he makes those amazing sounds is just bloody annoying for anyone who has tried to play a guitar.
Keef was given his first guitar at the age of 7, however no one in his family had the temerity to realise that he is a southpaw – and the guitar was a northpaw! Subsequently his progress in the manufacture of sonic sound was temporarily stunted for the next 8 years! His Auntie Eve says the family took up a collection to send him for musical training at the Kray Brothers School of Music in East London, but at such a young age he couldn’t get into The Green Man.
Keef plays Warmoth and Maton guitars.
A scholarly lad, Keef was reading at Oxford for three years before they realised he was reading Viz comics and they asked him to leave. Not so politely as it turned out.
Keef has a very impressive collection of effects pedals that he brings to most gigs and spreads out on the floor for the roadies to trip over. Do make sure you go up and say “Hi” to Keef, check out his pedal collection and ask him what they do.
The latest member of Waterline is our new bass player, Carla. You can easily pick out Carla on stage by her classic Fender bass and in the mix by her unique vocal style.
Carla has been playing bass guitar and singing since she was 8 and says she is now starting to get the hang of it. She has played with the evergreen Tritones, the confused Violet Haze, classic pub band Public Servants, the amazing Teacher’s Pets and those denizens of glam-rock, the Psychedelic Oxymorons. She doesn’t really have any musical influences beyond Jaco Pastorius, Chris Squire or SuziQ.
After taking a lengthy spell from public appearances to be with her young family, Carla is back on stage with Waterline and amazingly her return has brought out a retinue of fans from yesteryear. She says venues with wheelchair access are a must if Waterline is to capitalise on her fan-base, but this might be taking it a bit far. Carla says “Hi” to all the Waterline fans and looks forward to meeting everyone at the next gig.
Alistair is a country lad who never really got into country music, but has developed his own particular feel with a subtle Aussie sound and deep, reflective lyrics. Al’s strong voice and rhythm guitar are a signature of the Waterline sound and probably the main reason people come to see the band. He always wears nice shirts and looks a picture. Credit where it’s due; that’s a good thing.
Al also assumes the organisational burden musical direction, songwriting, tactful rejection of songs written by other band members and bossing everyone around. All the others love to tease him about it in a good-natured, seething undertone kind of way. But it’s just as well that he does otherwise you wouldn’t even be reading this.
Al’s main influences are Pat Boone, Daniel Boone, Bob Geldof and Bon Scott, not to mention Paul Kelly, Sean Kelly, Ronnie Barker and HRH Queen Elizabeth II. When you come down and see the band give Alistair a big cheer or even a big hug. Your support will be appreciated.