27 Novembre 2020
WORLD I Comparing the fall of an ancient city with human relationships, Classic Water’s Tom Gerritsen shows his background as a historian with his mystical metaphors. Accompanied by the first ever Classic Water music video, third single Carthage is a hauntingly beautiful hypnosis.
The drawings for the video were made by Zürich-based artist Leila Merkofer; the drawings were animated by Classic Water’s very own Lotte van Leengoed.
About the song
Carthage is inspired by the story of the fall of the city of the same name, and by the Roman general who stood weeping outside the city as his soldiers burned it to the ground. He knew that at some point in the future, Rome had to fall as well. The song draws a parallel between the rise and fall of civilizations and the rise and fall of human relationships.
About the band
The songs of Classic Water bring to mind driving through dusty backroads of deserted villages, thinking back on what once was but will never be again. The surreal words of singer Tom Gerritsen are guided by stretches of intertwining melodies, alternated with brief bursts of rock and roll. In an earlier life, Tom released folk music as The T.S. Eliot Appreciation Society, playing over 180 shows in Europe. Seeing Classic Water perform live is a visceral experience. The debut album Concrete Pleasures was recorded and produced by Stacy Parrish (T Bone Burnett, Alison Krauss & Robert Plant) in a 14th century farmhouse in Sweden.
The band is named after a David Berman (Silver Jews, Purple Mountains) poem.
Classic Water previously released critically acclaimed singles ‘Living Likeness’ and ‘It’s Never Easy’. With the first two singles, Classic Water already received editorial and radio attention from the Netherlands, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Australia, UK and the US. Debut album Concrete Pleasures will be released on March 12th 2021.
“Tom Gerritsen‘s Americana voice has that glowing timbre that made Ryan Adams and the late great Gram Parsons so emotionally special. Classic Water is about classic high-quality songwriting. Great tune, bewitching sound, and alluring vocals.” – Turn Up The Volume (BE)