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Portrait of Doug Ratner & The Watchmen

Doug Ratner & The Watchmen


About Doug Ratner & The Watchmen

Longmeadow, MA

Down & Dirty Rock n' Roll.....

"This album is full of surprises. It attempts a bold array of garage/power pop/classic rock with loads of harmonies, psychedelic mind twists and dirty bar rock. It’s the El Rey and CBGB simultaneously smashed together onto an Andy Warhol canvas. This is an impressive piece of plastic." - The Noise: Rock Around Boston

Bred in the countryside of Massachusetts, the young quartet Doug Ratner & The Watchmen consistently creates heartfelt rock n’ roll. The group includes Doug Ratner on guitar and vocals, Rob Morales on bass, Mike Lamagna on drums, and Mark Adamski on guitar. All natives of New England, these four guys are really a bunch of mountain-climbing music-lovers who all feel they were born in the wrong decade.

Their new album Eye to Eye is a collection of passionate rock tales, some blunt and some more poetic with Pete Townshend-esque lyricism. The heavier songs like "I Still Fall" and "Melatonin" are portrayals of life as a tough fight, while softer songs such as "Arise" and "Ahead Along" give listeners a deeper insight. As described by music blog Buntology, “Eye to Eye is polished enough to be a mainstream success, but also pissed off enough that I can listen to it while pounding through the mass of people in the Union Square subway station the morning after a long night of partying.”

The “essence” of the band is to play honest, hard-driven, intense rock n’ roll. “We have no reason to be cryptic with lyrics, obtuse with our fashion, or different in our methodology. Rock n’ roll is a powerful force that seems to be lying dormant somewhere in both mainstream and indie-type audiences. We know it’s needed, maybe even lusted after, which is clear through the reactions of our performances and live shows,” says Ratner. Their influences range from The Who to Green Day to Tom Petty, and their sound has been described as, “the El Rey and CBGB simultaneously smashed together onto an Andy Warhol canvas” (Joel Simches, The Noise). All genre discrepancies aside, Doug Ratner & The Watchmen are straight up rock n’ roll.

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