At 26 Guildford Park Ave, three lads are sat on the sofa getting into a discussion about hopes, dreams and escaping the middle aged mundanity of this part of Surrey. Their fourth mate James Watkins is missing. He lives separately three doors down, and is presently banging on a drumkit. “James is a moody bastard,” says Max, vocalist. The living room is home to their ramshackle, sweat-on-the-walls after-hours gigs. Last time they had one in here, they crammed forty people into a space fit for ten. There was a long line of many more kids chancing it outside the front door. Prior to that they played a Fresher’s gig at their college for 250 people. They stage-dived then it was all-back-to-ours. “250 people were waiting outside the door of our house,” says David. “We had them crammed in our garden, our front room… the police came and threatened to charge us with stuff…”
Blackwaters are a fourpiece from the depths of nothingness. And yet despite their murky background, they’ve turned aggro, pent-up frustration and total utter boredom into rampant, shouty, spit-fuelled, BO-inducing, agitated punk rock’n’roll. Why? Because there’s fuck all else to do around here. Guitarist David is the alleged “Baby Spice” of the group, which means he’s the one with all the Instagram followers. Ollie – long-haired – plays bass, and barely speaks. Max immediately has an air of geezer – think Moff from ‘Human Traffic’. “I’m from Essex unfortunately,” he says. Their first big single ‘So Far Out’ was written on this sofa. “It was for some coursework I had to do,” says Ollie. Now at the collective age of 18, the lads are finishing up their final year at music college in Guildford – they fast-tracked it. Like most students, they’re last-minute crammers. Which means that ‘So Far Out’ was written the day before Ollie’s hand-in. “It’s a feisty song!” says Max.