Presidential Bootleg

by Watergate Sandals

  • Cassette + Digital Album

    Real-time duplicated high-bias chrome cassette tape, with a double-sided 7-panel j-card. Also includes Pin Pack #6, comprising of 3 collector's pins (1 label variant pin, 1 Watergate Sandals pin, and 1 "Presidential Bootleg" pin). $4 of every sale through Under the Counter will go to Planned Parenthood, per the request of Watergate Sandals. This package is limited to 50 worldwide.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Presidential Bootleg via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    edition of 50 

      $12 USD or more 


  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    If you want digital only, please go to to buy directly from Watergate Sandals. If you do decide to purchase digital here, 1/3 from each sale will go to Watergate Sandals, and 1/3 from each sale will go to Planned Parenthood.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $12 USD  or more


Untitled 2 03:31
Light 04:12
Fuck Village 02:27
Night Blues 02:56
Space Cash 03:42
Honey Jack 03:19
BPSS 02:21
Lloyd 04:16
Landlord 02:50
Ways Away 04:07
Grave 03:48
Stray 02:48
Chilly 04:16


The return of SCOOTER ROCK!

Presidential Bootleg pulls together all 20 of Watergate Sandals’ recorded songs, from the 8 featured on Pick Apart the Jewels and Gems, the 5 featured on their final digital-only EP, 4 newly mastered former demo recordings, and 3 never before heard recordings to form the ultimate document of the Santa Cruz band’s history. Watergate Sandals notably went through a few distinct shifts during their run, starting as a noisy punk blues band, then moving towards more power pop oriented garage rock and then finally landing on psych rock influenced by the Paisley Underground. As such, none of their previous works quite captured a true picture of the band in isolation. Presidential Bootleg is arranged not as a chronological compilation, but its own album released (and not released) in bits and pieces over the years, flashing back and forth between the eras in a way that feels as though it were always meant to be and lending immense range and dynamism to the 70 minute runtime. Shockingly seamless transitions from the destructive force of the newly mastered “Landlord” into the soft, floating “Ways Away” paint a perfect picture of the band’s uncommon deftness and versatility.

Thanks to the efforts of Jesse Nestler (Watergate Sandals bassist) and Kevin Percy Linn (owner of Paisley Shirt Records and genius behind Sad Eyed Beatniks), we’ve been able to put together an incredible package honoring the band in celebration of the 4th anniversary of their previously only physical release, Pick Apart the Jewels and Gems. Featuring a stunning double-sided 7-panel j-card collage including archival photography, old gig flyers, and satirical American and presidential iconography, Presidential Bootleg is not only musically comprehensive, but visually as well.

UTC is absolutely thrilled to bring this incredible band’s catalog to true fruition in the form of Presidential Bootleg.

Presidential Bootleg releases April 26 digitally and on limited edition cassette bundle. Bundles are limited to 50 worldwide and include a chrome cassette tape with a double-sided 7-panel j-card, and 3 release specific collector’s pins. A portion of sales through UTC will go to Planned Parenthood.


released April 26, 2019


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