BLACK WATER RISING is back with the follow up to their critically acclaimed self-titled debut. The sophomore effort, Pissed And Driven was released on August 13th by the New York rockers and represents what many would describe as another honest, bare-bones, no-frills rock album. "The recipe is the same as the first. I didn't deviate from what I believe our music to be, I didn't set out to grow or mature", says frontman Rob Traynor. "I feel this new album is not much of a departure from the first, and I believe that's a good thing. Besides, I don't think our fans would want it any other way. I'm still writing from the same place I was writing from before, I'm still the same guy...for better or for worse. We're still the same band."
BLACK WATER RISING was formed from the ashes of various national touring acts. After releasing two self-produced albums with Dust To Dust, singer/songwriter Rob Traynor locked himself away in his Brooklyn, New York recording studio, emerging with a collection of songs that would become the seeds of BLACK WATER RISING's debut album. Traynor was soon joined by former Boiler Room drummer Mike Meselsohn, former Stereomud guitarist Johnny Fattoruso, and bassist Oddie McLaughlin and they would unleash their self-titled debut album in March of 2010. The album would achieve the #1 slot on Amazon.com's Hard Rock Chart upon release. The single "Brother Go On" received more than 1500x spins on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio's Octane channel, and cracked the Top 40 on the Mediabase Active Rock Airplay Chart.
Black Water Rising has played shows and toured the U.S. with Hellyeah, King's X, Monster Magnet, Ace Frehley, & others. Their tour schedule also brought them to the 2010 South By Southwest Festival in Austin, TX performing at High Times Magazine's Doobie Awards show where they won the 2010 High Times Doobie Award for "Best Rock/Alternative Artist," beating out such tough and well-respected competition as Staind, Eagles of Death Metal, The Mars Volta, and Danko Jones.
The band's new material continues to be riff-heavy and proudly anchored in the foundations of traditional hard rock songwriting with hooks and catchy choruses to pull you in, combining the band's love of Thin Lizzy and Judas Priest, with the sonic stomp of Black Label Society, all while retaining a musical identity of their own.
BLACK WATER RISING is:
Rob Traynor - Vocals, Guitar
Dennis Kimak - Guitar
Mike Meselsohn - Drums
Oddie McLaughlin - Bass