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Albums Of The Week: The Watchmen | Silent Radar Super Deluxe Anniversary Edition

Come for some classic ’90s Can-rock from the veteran Prairie quartet. Stay for demos, rough mixes, outtakes and more rarities that give the finished cuts a run for the money.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Canadian rock band The Watchmen celebrate the 25th anniversary of their 1998 album Silent Radar with a new Super Deluxe Edition that features 46 specially curated tracks recorded at a time when the band was arguably at their peak as a live band and songwriters.

In addition to the mastered original album, the 2023 reissue contains live performances, acoustic tracks, and demo recordings that showcase the band’s versatility. Also included is the Raw and Unmixed version of Silent Radar that provides a glimpse into what this classic ’90s album sounded like before it was mixed. On the recording process, drummer Sammy Kohn notes, “We ended up recording the album with producer, Adam Kasper, at the height of the grunge scene in Seattle. It was a very exciting time for the band and I’m very grateful that we had the opportunity to record this material so professionally.”

The 2023 reissue cumulates with a collection of never-before-heard tracks dubbed, The Lost Album, comprised of comprehensive demo recordings completed before the original album. The band had the opportunity to demo the album in its entirety prior to their time in Seattle with studio veteran Matt De Matteo (Danko Jones, Big Wreck).

“I believe these tracks represent the real treasure here,” says Kohn. “It’s an entirely different listening experience with these familiar songs and some absolute magic was captured in these tracks that fans of the band are going to love. They have never been heard as they have lived in our vaults for over 25 years.”

The Watchmen are a four-piece rock and roll band from Winnipeg made up of Daniel Greaves (vocals), Ken Tizzard (bass), Joey Serlin (guitar) and Sammy Kohn (drums). With 30-plus years under their belt, The Watchmen continue to sell out venues across Canada with energetic shows that are stacked with their hits, classic covers, and invariably a haunting a cappella performance by Greaves that captivates any audience.

The band remain active with their fans through social media, sharing rare photos and even a full-length live show download from a performance in Australia. In 2021, they were honoured with an induction into the Western Canadian Music Hall Of Fame.”

Watch my interview with Greaves and Serlin HERE.

 

 

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