| at the courtyard | presents Watershed
‘It is great to be back,’ say Watershed as they release their seventh studio album ‘Elephant
in the Room’ which sees the iconic band take on a more authentic, live sound.
Watershed was hoping for a 2020 release to the follow up to their 2018 album Harbour,
celebrating 20 years of being one of South Africa’s most beloved bands, but like the rest of
the world, they were caught unexpectedly by a global pandemic.
But, one positive that came out of it, was that the lockdown did give Craig and the guys the
space (and the material) to work on compelling lyrics and melodies, and as soon as
domestic travel was given the all-clear, Craig was off to Gauteng to workshop and record the
The result? A thought-provoking album with songs that reflect the current times we live in,
the daily frustrations and simple pleasure we’ve found in our “new normal”. “We talk a lot
about the elephant in the room and the fact the people aren't addressing certain major issues that are currently amongst us,” he says. “There are too many opinions, but no one is
coming up with substantial solutions.”
The title track though is a reminder that at the end of it all everything will be alright. “It’s time
to step out of the chaos,” explains Craig. “Stepping out of the room the elephant is in,
wishing for some peace, wishing for a chilled Sunday. Enough is enough we need to sort this
out and get on with this thing called life...”
It is impossible to be in the industry for as long as they have, and not change, but as Craig
points out that regardless, the Watershed sound is always there, “You’ll be able to spot a
Watershed song from a mile away – but over the years we’ve learnt a whole lot more and
our approach has evolved.” As a band that shot to fame relatively quickly, with hit singles on
the radio from their debut album just two months after its release, their journey has never
been about breaking into the market but rather staying power. “We’ve seen plenty of bands
that have taken a long time to get to where we were before they peak and then fade out,”
explains Craig. “For us, it’s never been about anything other than making ourselves better.”
Elephant in the Room is a testament to how they’ve progressed as a band with the move
from a more studio-driven album in their first decade to their authentic rock sound of now.
“As a band, our sound has gone from strength to strength and through that, we’ve created
an authentic album,” acknowledges Craig. “Our approach to the album was more about a
band performing the tracks live in-studio and then taking those bits into the recording studio
and adding the final touches.”
An equal standout along with the songs is the artwork of the album, which you’ll be able to
purchase at shows and through the Watershed website. Bold and bright, the cover art, as
well as single art, was created by Craig’s brother Neill Wright. On the inspiration behind the
art, Craig explains, “We are puppets being controlled and guided through life in such a way
that we don’t even realise it. Something feels wrong but we don’t know how to change it. The
elephant is in the room but no-one is talking about it...”
Elephant in the Room album is out today 7 May 2021 across all digital platforms including
Spotify, Deezer, and Apple Music, as well as the Watershed website www.watershed.co.za
A little bit of nitty gritty.....
We will be serving dinner before the show.
Your choice of the following can be ordered on the evening if you would like to dine with us....
- Beef, chicken or veg burger with shoestring fries
- Beef Fillet prego roll served with shoestring fries
- Bulgar wheat, basil pesto avo salad (v)
No under 18's.
Your seats will be reserved for you, we set tables to make sure all guests have the best view and sound possible.
R350 incl dinner
R260 non eating tickets
|Age restriction||No under 18s|
|Refund policy||No refunds|