Pop Quiz: Nick Waterhouse

Aidin Vaziri | Nick Waterhouse, the man with the old-school thick-framed glasses and pressed trousers, was one of 2012’s breakthrough stars. With an unflinching devotion to left-field 1950s rhythm ‘n’ blues, his debut album, “Time’s All Gone” (recorded in analog with vintage instruments, natch), felt like a blast of authenticity when we needed it most. The singer-guitarist, 25, caps it off with a New Year’s Eve show at Bimbo’s 365 Club.

Nick Waterhouse
Q: How would you rate your countdown skills?
A: I’ve been thinking really hard about it. As long as I have backup, I’m good.
Q: Do you think you have rented enough pyrotechnic devices to get through the entire evening?
A: I don’t have to get too Van Halen about it. I’m just thrilled they’re tuning up the baby grand for me. Last time I was there I saw it and knew I wanted to play it when we came back. It’s going to be great. We’ve got all our outfits. We have matching continental ties. It took me three days to find out what a continental tie was.
Q: This year you put out your album, were in GQ, played on KCRW and toured the world. Not a bad start.
A: There were definitely some mind-blowers. I remember finishing the Bimbo’s show last time and I go, “What do I do now?” That was all I wanted to do. But the next week I had all these other things I wanted to do. I’m already working on my next record.
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