Danny Trejo Is a ’70s Late Night Host in Nick Waterhouse’s Throwback Soul Video

Grow out those sideburns and grab your dad’s old leisure suit, because the video for Nick Waterhouse’s new throwback track is teleporting everyone to a ’70s late night show that never was with Danny Trejo as the host.

The artist’s soulful new song, “Wreck the Rod,” goes old school, and not just musically. The track’s official video takes us back to 1978, with Waterhouse starring as a washed up, sweaty, fictional version of himself clad in velour tuxedo. He is a guest on Dan After Dark, the late night show hosted by a very sincere, but very unaware Danny Trejo, who doesn’t seem to understand he’s insulting his very increasingly frustrated guest by asking about his stalled career.

“Wreck The Rod” is the latest single off of Waterhouse’s upcoming self-titled album and saunters like a recently unearthed Stax cut from the early ’70s. He said the inspiration for the song came from a conversation he had with The Soul Queen of New Orleans, Irma Thomas, about some of her recordings during the ’60s, and her struggles in a music business that can eat up artists in their prime. “This is a song about singers like (Irma) being used up by an industry (in addition to a larger swath of society), about riding it out, about rising above, about an unsettling pleasure/pain dynamic,” Waterhouse said in a press release. “It’s saying Cmon, life – pile it on.”

You can also listen to the album’s other previously released track, “Song for Winners,” here.

Okay, we have one complaint about that one. No, nothing musically, it just needs more Danny Trejo in an awful suit.

Below you’ll find the list and dates of Nick’s upcoming spring tour, which kicks off in Europe in March before heading to North America in late April.

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Monday, March 18th – Manchester, United Kingdom – Gorilla
Tuesday, March 19 – Nottingham, United Kingdom – Rough Trade Nottingham
Wednesday, March 20th – London, United Kingdom – Rough Trade East
Thursday, March 21st – London, United Kingdom – 229 The Venue
Friday, March 22nd – Roubaix, France – La Cave aux Poètes
Saturday, March 23rd – Hasselt, Belgium – Botanique
Sunday, March 24th – Paris, France – Petit Bain
Tuesday, March 26th – Hamburg, Germany – Mojo Club
Wednesday, March 27th – Berlin, Germany – Columbia Theater
Thursday, March 28th – Nieuw-amsterdam, Netherlands – Het Zonnehuis
Saturday, March 30th – Tavros, Greece – Fuzz Live Music Club
Sunday, March 31st – Thessaloniki, Greece – Fix Factory Of Sound
Thursday, April 25th – Tustin, CA – Marty’s On Newport
Friday, April 26th – Los Angeles, CA – Regent Theater DTLA
Saturday, April 27th – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
Monday, April 29th – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios and Bar
Tuesday, April 30th – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
Wednesday, May 1st – Vancouver, Canada – Biltmore Cabaret
Friday, May 3rd – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
Saturday, May 4th – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
Monday, May 6th – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Wednesday, May 8th – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
Thursday, May 9th – Detroit, MI – shelter
Friday, May 10 – Toronto, Canada – Horseshoe Tavern
Saturday, May 11th – Burlington, VT – Club Metronome
Monday, May 13th – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Tuesday, May 14th – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Thursday, May 16th – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry
Friday, May 17th – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Saturday, May 18th – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern Café and Music Hall
Monday, May 20th – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
Tuesday, May 21st – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks
Thursday, May 23rd – Houston, TX – Bronze Peacock
Friday, May 24th – Austin, TX – Parish
Saturday, May 25th – Dallas, TX – Dada Dallas

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