They acquired bits as they progressed, while relying on a janky drum machine prone to crapping out at crucial moments like their September 2007 opening date for No Age at Bottom of the Hill.
The turning point arrived when the twosome ditched the drum machine and put out a Craigslist ad for a bass player in '07. "We got a few responses," says Martin-McCormick. "One was super confrontational. I wrote that we're into disco, gamelan, and no wave and no old people. We wanted someone who was kind of our age-ish. I just didn't want an 48-year-old dude who was like, 'I just need to jam!' This guy wrote back and said, 'How do you think gamelan musicians learn? They respect their elders, blah-blah-blah. You should go fuck off and die!' Whoa!"
The second response: a hip-hop producer working with an "awful singer-songwriter." The third: Long, who happened to be roaming Craigslist during his day job.
"There was no going back after that," says Martin-McCormick. Listening to the forward-facing future-rock of Watersports, I'd say there's little fear of that scenario. *
Fri/23, 10 p.m., $10
Bottom of the Hill
1233 17th St., SF
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The primal beat band got theirs where's yours? Thurs/22, 8 p.m., $10. Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell, SF. www.rickshawstop.com
One-man massive energy generator Anthony Petrovic rouses himself from dormancy. With Wooden Shjips and Hank IV. Thurs/22, 9 p.m., $7. Eagle Tavern, 398 12th St., SF. www.sfeagle.com
Going big with bristly, lo-fi garage rock. Fri/23, 9 p.m., $16$18. Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell, SF. www.gamh.com
The sprawling fusion combo including Pete Escovedo and Sheila E. rocks for autism awareness. With War, El Chicano, and Los Cenzontles. Sat/24, 7:20 p.m., $45$75. Warfield, 982 Market, SF. www.goldenvoice.com
The selfless Oakland space-rockers dish out For All Mankind (Springman). Sat/24, 9 p.m., $13. Slim's, 33 11th St., SF. www.slims-sf.com
He's watching you watching him. With Nobunny and Bare Wires. Sun/25, 9 p.m., $15. Independent, 628 Divisadero, SF. www.theindependentsf.com