It certainly came as a surprise to some when Andrew Watt, a then-23-year-old guitarist, was plucked from obscurity by Glenn Hughes and Jason Bonham to join them in the sadly short-lived power trio California Breed.
Hughes was first introduced to Watt by Julian Lennon at a party in February 2013 and was instantly impressed by his guitar playing and singing. After only one release, their outstanding self-titled album that came out in May 2014, the band went their separate ways in early 2015 (Bonham had walked away five months prior to the eventual break-up).
Now Watt, New York-born, but L.A.-based, has deservedly been given the chance to show what he can do as a solo artist and he doesn’t disappoint on this four-track EP, explosive opening number, “High,” emphatically putting rest to any notion that he hasn’t got what it takes to make it on his own.
The EP is called Ghost In My Head and it’s the title track up next. Watt is still very young, but it’s clear the influence that ’70s rock has had on him. “Ghost in My Head” is a modern rock classic, effortlessly updating that classic rock sound and featuring a great guitar solo. “Seeing Red” is a pretty good track – nothing too special, mind you – but the last song, the Glenn Hughes-esque “Runaway,” aggressively ups the tempo and closes the proceedings in style. Seems Watt learned a thing or two from the “Voice of Rock.”
Produced by Alain Johannes (Eleven, Queens of the Stone Age) and featuring drumming contributions from Chad Smith of the Red Chilli Peppers and Joey Castillo, formerly of Queens of the Stone Age and Danzig, this EP marks the start of what should be a very long and rewarding solo career.
02. Ghost In My Head
03. Seeing Red
Run Time: 13:38
Release Date: October 9, 2015
Check out a “Ghost In My Head” sample here.