By 1976, Just Water was playing regularly at Max's Kansas City and at the other renowned punk rock club, CBGB's. There's no question that CBGB's has claimed the thrown as the king of punk clubs over the past 30 years, However, while it was really going on, from 1975-1979, Max's and CBGB's were on equal footing. Max's was the North Pole and CBGB's was the South Pole of The City in The City, the city of punk rock. In 1976, you could stay between The Bowery and 17th street in Manhattan, separated by no more than a 30-minute walk, and see everyone that mattered on the punk scene, including The Ramones, The Heartbreakers, Television, Patti Smith, Mink DeVille, Talking Heads, Blondie, Wayne County, The Marbles, The Fast, Richard Hell, Tuff Darts, The Dictators, Suicide, The Planets, and Just Water. History looks back on punk as a joint effort between NYC and London. But in 1976, the Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Police, and The Jam had not yet made their marks. As 1976 began, Punk was a totally New York phenomenon.
Just Water also played regularly at clubs throughout the NY area, and in December 1976 the band decided to record an independent album on their Branded Records label.