WATERMEDOWN, the solo project of 21-year old vocalist/guitarist Jonny Mays, is premiering the second single – “God I Found Hell” – from his recently announced EP Somewhere Sleepless, which will be out on September 25 on Equal Vision Records.

Mays shares the wild story behind the song stating, “‘God I Found Hell’ is about having a really interesting time in Cincinnati, OH that, more-so than most experiences, heavily reinforced my comprehensive perception on college, drugs, and religion. I was on the road with Casey Bolles and half of Head North in mid-January of last year, and we hopped on a last minute nightmare of a house show around the UC campus. To paint a picture of the situation as best as I can without venturing into easily one of the longest stories I could ever tell, imagine the four of us backed into a corner inside Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses, but instead of the Firefly family, we’re actually amongst coked-out, head-standing, My Chemical Romance-on-an-electric-ukulele-playing satan-worshipers that very much resembled the wretches from Gears of War as they leapt across the house when the police inevitably arrived, illuminating the trash-bag covered windows with strobe lights attached to their pistols; all immediately following Casey’s set being halted mid-song by a person with the urgent question that I will word-for-word never forget for the rest of my life: ‘Do you mind if I perform a satanic ritual underneath you while you play?'”

Last week, Mays announced his signing to Equal Vision Records and introduced fans to his new EP, with the premiere of his music video for “Serenity” that can also be found at

As his first studio-recorded release, Somewhere Sleepless EP pushes WATERMEDOWN into new musical territory that builds and expands on his already intense signature sound. Mays’ vocal work throughout the EP showcases emotional rawness with a visceral force, effortlessly building from a delicate, near-whisper to a quivering, heartwrenching shout.

Somewhere Sleepless pre-orders are available now via, and include an instant mp3 downloads of “Serenity” and “God I Found Hell”.

To date, WATERMEDOWN has toured and shared stages with the likes of Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties, You Me & Everyone We Know and Bonfires. All upcoming tour dates can be found below.

Man Overboard w/A Loss For Words, Northbound and WATERMEDOWN
Nov 01 Chicago, IL @ Double Door
Nov 02 Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
Nov 03 Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner
Nov 04 Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose
Nov 05 Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room
Nov 06 Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living Arts
Nov 07 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Nov 08 New York, NY @ Webster Hall (Marlin Room)