VICE MUSIC SIGNS THE RAVEONETTES!

VICE MUSIC SIGNS THE RAVEONETTES!

Vice Music is ecstatic to announce their newest signing, The Raveonettes. With three critically acclaimed releases under their belt and over 170,000 records sold in the US, the Danish rock duo will release Lust Lust Lust in early 2008, with a US tour to follow.

The Raveonettes’ Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo met in Copenhagen in 2001 and recorded their first EP, Whip it On. Soon after, Rolling Stone’s David Fricke discovered them at Denmark’s SPOT festival and his high praise gained the attention of major labels and magazines. Chain Gang of Love, the band’s first full-length record, was released in 2003 and the follow up, Pretty in Black, in 2005.

The Raveonettes are recognized and praised for their signature blend of two part harmonies, lo-fi garage sound and 60s noir aesthetic. Comparisons have been drawn to everyone from the Jesus and Mary Chain, the Velvet Underground and Suicide to Buddy Holly, the Shangri-Las and Ronnie Spektor. In 2003, the Raveonettes’ won a Danish Music Award when Whip It On was named “Best Album of the Year”.

Interview, music, bio, and art all available upon request.

PRESS ON THE RAVEONETTES:

“Rock & roll’s past is a living thing to singer-songwriter-guitarist Sune Rose Wagner. There was no mistaking his precise study and modern love of Buddy Holly balladry and the malt-shop noir of the Shangri-Las inside the hard rains of distortion on this Danish band’s first two records….Wagner’s vocal interplay with Sharin Foo — a dazzling spin on girl-group coo and the Gregorian-country blend of the Everly Brothers…” – ROLLING STONE

“As easily taken for a salute to ’60s transistor-radio pop as for Jesus and Mary Chain worship” – ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“The Raveonettes are ambitious in their own way, and it works brilliantly.” – ALL MUSIC.COM

“Just as their previous fetish for deep distortion and a limited set of chords did, pink-hued noir here can prove to be something of an acquired taste. However, it never sinks into unintentional parody, earning it the acclaim of sounding like nothing else currently out there.” – NME

“Cinematic, loaded and decadent.” – Q MAGAZINE

“[The Ravenonettes] help to remind us what makes harmless romantic music like Bobby Fuller and the Ronettes so perfectly dark.”- FILTER

“A miasma of retro cool.” – ALTERNATIVE PRESS

“Strange and provocative”. – THE GUARDIAN

Black Lips – Richards on Richards, Vancouver

Black Lips – Richards on Richards, Vancouver
by Raymond Hoh

It’s Thursday. Definitely not Monday, but then again not quite TGIF.

The Black Lips are slated to take the stage in Vancouver tonight in support of their new record “Good Bad, Not Evil”, whose title is lifted from a line from the Shangri-Las’ track, “Give Him A Great Big Kiss”.

Speaking of the Shangri-Las, Vancouver’s own modern-day rock version, Vancougar, the Lips’ supporting act, performs with the same flair and panache as their predecessors. You can’t help but smile and enjoy the vibe as the girls perform their ‘60s-inspired pop-rock songs about relationships.

As Vancougar finishes up their set, lead singer Eden Fineday yells to the crowd, “Are you ready for the Black Lips? I know we are!”.

Commercial break. The crowd of mostly twentysomethings mixed in with some aging never-say-die punksters stumble off the dance floor, while others depart to the bar, and some to the lavatories.

Back to our regularly scheduled programming. The Black Lips quietly stagger on stage performing a last-minute sound check, which is surprising considering they are renowned for their crazy, on-stage antics. Case in point: they’ve been known to drink their own urine and play guitars with organs… of the lower region for example.

Drummer slash vocalist Joe Bradley sets the pace for most of the show with his ostentatious drumming, marked by frequent flaying of arms and bopping of head. While guitarist and lead vocalist Ian St. Pe looks like he is at the wrong venue as he’s dressed more for a hip-hop show than a rock show.

The crowd start to groove to “O Katrina!”, an upbeat(?!) track about… you guessed it, Hurricane Katrina. “Bad Kids” follows and sounds like a road trip sing-a-long.

We’re later informed by Ian that their bassist Jared Swilley “had some trouble at the border” and that their impromptu Vancouverite bassist had just learned the rhythm to some of their tracks fifteen minutes before they hit the stage. It appears that this hasn’t been the first time Jared has had troubles getting into Canada.

Other than a bit of projectile vomiting hijinks on the part of Cole Alexander (the other guitarist), the rest of the night went as expected. The Atlanta-based band proves why they are currently one of the more-hyped bands on the scene. “I Saw A Ghost” and “Veni Vidi Vici” are two tracks of sub-three-minute, garage lo-fi goodness. While, “Off The Block” starts with some weird hollering. “Transcendental Light” sounds like a track Wes Anderson would put in one of his movies.

But in the middle of all their “flower punk” – a self-prescribed label by them for their brand of garage rock mixed with a bit of punk – you look at the Lips play a track like “How Do You Tell a Child That Someone Has Died”, a kind of parody on old-school country music with a mockingly-sung hook and cheesy spoken-word breakdown, and one can only help but wonder where they are on the musical spectrum.

Are they catering to a Twilight Zone cross-section who just so happens to like ‘60s music, punk and a little bit, well okay, fair, bit of silliness in their music? Yes. And they do it willingly and unabashedly.

However, there was something missing. Okay there was something physically missing marked by their regular bassist being AWOL, I grant you that. Not their fault.

Was that something missing a result of the fact that only two of the band members came back on stage for an encore that was, at best, mediocre.

Or was that something missing a result of whether punk wanted to be Punk that night? There was one instance of rowdiness which resulted in one person being tossed from the show and there were two passive instances of bodysurfing. Is that Punk? Or was that Flower Punk?

All I can offer is one, probable reason. Because it was Thursday. Definitely not Monday, but then again not quite TGIF.

GUITAR CENTER TO CROWN DRUM-OFF GRAND CHAMPION ON JANUARY 5, 2008 AT THE MUSIC BOX @ FONDA IN HOLLYWOOD

GUITAR CENTER TO CROWN DRUM-OFF GRAND CHAMPION ON JANUARY 5, 2008 AT THE MUSIC BOX @ FONDA IN HOLLYWOOD

Angels & Airwaves, Stephen Perkins, “Go Get A Late Pass!!!” featuring ?uestlove, Street Drum Corps, Adrian Young, Brooks Wackerman, Shannon Leto, John Sawicki, and Byron McMackin to Participate

Guitar Center is excited to announce the Drum-Off Grand Finals will take place on January 5, 2008 at the Music Box @ Fonda in Hollywood, CA. Now in it’s 19th year, Drum-Off continues to bring together thousands of the nation’s top undiscovered drummers for the chance to compete for incredible prizes, national recognition and the bragging rights of being crowned Drum-Off Champion.

This incredible night, hosted by Stephen Perkins of Jane’s Addiction, will feature performances by the four Drum-Off finalists as well as Angels & Airwaves, “Go Get A Late Pass!!!” featuring ?uestlove of The Roots, Street Drum Corps with special guests Adrian Young of No Doubt, Brooks Wackerman of Bad Religion, Shannon Leto of 30 Seconds to Mars, John Sawicki of Stomp and Byron McMackin of Pennywise.

Drummers across the country began competing over three months ago at Guitar Center stores across the country. Beginning with preliminaries in over 213 Guitar Center stores, drummers then advanced on from store preliminaries to store finals. Winners of store finals then went on to compete at district finals at 24 Guitar Center stores nationwide for the chance to advance on to one of the four regional competitions held at Guitar Centers in New York City, Hollywood, Chicago, and Houston, TX with the winner of each of these regions advancing on to compete to be crowned the Drum-Off 2007 Champion.

This year’s winner will receive a prize package valued at more than $45,000 including a Toyota FJ Cruiser, $10,000 cash, a feature in a Guitar Center ad campaign, a $2,500 Levi’s shopping spree, a custom designed drum kit from DW, Pearl, Tama or Gretsch, a Roland TD20 electronic drum-set, a set of cymbals custom printed with the winner’s signature, a one year drum, cymbal, stick and head endorsement deal, and a write up in Modern Drummer magazine. Additionally, store, district and regional winners will have walked away with thousands of dollars in prizes from Drum-Off partners.

“Guitar Center could not be more excited by the artists who are coming out to support the competitors as they come one step closer to being crowned Drum-Off champion,” said Dustin Hinz, Manager, Event Marketing and Promotions for Guitar Center. “Drum-Off has become a staple in the drum community and in addition to providing emerging artists the support, encouragement and opportunity they need to succeed, Guitar Center’s mission is to promote the development of community amongst drummers, encourage musicianship and further their passion for music.”

Previous Drum-Off winners have gone on to enjoy successful music careers, record albums and tour the world with noteworthy artists. 2002 Drum-Off Champion, Cora Coleman, is currently performing with legendary recording artist Prince, playing on his most recent album 3121 and at Super Bowl XLI. Eric Moore II, Drum-Off 2003 Champion, has also achieved notoriety by performing with psychedelic funk band Sly and the Family Stone as well as singer Bobby Brown.

Prior to this year’s show Guitar Center is thrilled to have the opportunity to present the “Drum Legends Award” to two of music’s greatest drummers, Steve Smith and David Garibaldi. Named one of the top 25 drummers of all time by Modern Drummer in 2001, Steve Smith, occupied the drum chair for the rock band Journey from 1978-1985. He returned to the band in 1995 for their 1996 comeback album, Trial By Fire. An innovator in funk drumming, David Garibaldi, is best known as the drummer for Oakland-based funk/soul band Tower of Power. He has also worked with many amazing artists including: Natalie Cole, Jermaine Jackson and Patti Austin.

This year Guitar Center will also be giving one lucky person the chance to win a VIP trip for two to the Drum-Off Grand Finals. Starting on November 1st consumers enter to win online at guitacenter.com. In addition to the trip, the winner will receive a meet and greet with Angels and Airwaves, ?uestlove and Street Drum Corps, $500 spending cash, a Drum-Off Grand Finals poster signed by artist Shepard Fairey and more. Enter here: http://gc.guitarcenter.com/contests/drum-off-2007/

Guitar Center Drum Off Community featuring news, videos, downloads and more: http://www.gcdrumoff.com/

VIDEO
Adrian Young & Travis Barker (Drum Off 2005):

Partners for Drum-Off 2007 include: Levi’s, DW, Evans, Vic Firth, Remo, Zildjian, Pearl, Roland, Sabian, Tama, Gretsch, Pro?Mark, and Modern Drummer.

About Guitar Center
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The Panthers, with Coliseum, Mono, and High on Fire; October 24, 2007 at Richards on Richards

The Panthers, with Coliseum, Mono, and High on Fire; October 24, 2007 at Richards on Richards

by Erin Hanson

The opening slots in a night of guaranteed heavy, quality rock cannot be an easy spot to fill, especially when the crowd is clearly there for someone else, and you know you’re only going to be followed by a group as enigmatic as the atmospheric yet heavy psychedelic Japanese rock act Mono. But the Panthers pulled through and delivered an energetic set which guaranteed some newly converted fans.

Coliseum got things going first off in the night, which could not have been an easy spot to fill for an audience who was clearly wanting to be impressed. The band played songs from their new album “No Salvation” to a largely empty dance floor, but kept the volume loud and the tempo up to set the pace for the night.

The Panthers hit the stage next, to a once again clear floor. Their set started off solidly with their not-so-unique brand of catchy 70’s-esque metal. Yet as they entered seamlessly into their second song, the floor was crowding up again with those intrigued by what they were hearing. The music was heavy on the guitar riffs and predictable yet enjoyable bass lines to keep their tunes speeding forward. Drummer Jeff Salane’s high energy and mini solos would steal the spotlight occasionally and keep their sound interesting.

At one point, singer Jayson Green surveyed the timid audience largely hanging out in the back and happily commented: “I think it’s full… Vancouver, you got it together! That’s good!” The Panthers, hailing from Brooklyn, were clearly excited that they were getting a relatively warm reception, showing that they really do come by their music honestly. It was when they launched into Goblin City, their first single off their new album “The Trick” which truly won the crowd over; something which the band was very thankful for after a two-day drive from Minneapolis.

The Panthers’ live show has the full sound and energy which their recordings lack. And although the band will no doubt be constantly cursed by comparisons to Black Sabbath and Woflmother– during “Panther Moderns” I half-expected him to break out into Wolfmother’s “Woman”– the Panthers’ high energy and familiar yet addictive riffs give the audience a quality rock show, plain and simple. It may not be the most original thing you’ll hear or see, but the band members are clearly giving it their all, and their passion is contagious.

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Patrick Wolf Interview

Patrick Wolf Interview By Gena Perala

I was fortunate to catch Patrick Wolf perform at the Plaza here in Vancouver. It’s a small venue so the show was nice and intimate. When I asked Mr. Wolf whether he’s surprised by the type of crowd that comes out to see him perform, his answer was “not really, each crowd is fantastic…I remember one week, I played for 2 people and then the next week I played for a packed church” and as far as the ‘type’ of crowd? “I don’t see people as a label”, he said, which made me feel pretty superficial and slightly ashamed for asking. “I can fall in love with a 17 year old tranie or a 29 year old homelady” confirming the fact that for him, people are just people.

Are you a romantic? I asked, “I don’t know, I’m just Patrick”. Just Patrick, dressed as an angelic elfin type boy wearing knee socks, cut off shorts a bit too small by his own admittance, gold sparkled suspenders, and a green Peter Pan style shirt? Riiiight, just Patrick.

Do you feel the fantastical element to your shows limits the scope of your audience? Lessens people’s ability to take you seriously? He doesn’t feel there is a fantastical element to his shows, which I might add, included a mystical starry night forest backdrop with dirt pathway and a swirling light show that made me feel as though I was under water. His outfit on top of that, well, the whole thing seemed rather fantastical to me, but maybe that’s just who he is so he doesn’t see it that way. As for being taken seriously “I dress down for the stage” he says, which makes me wonder how he dresses in his day-to-day life; “I’ve never cared about being taken seriously, I’m not going to compromise and I’m not scared of being embarrassed, I don’t have to win people”.

So you get embarrassed? “Yeah”, he replied in his soft voice, which made me feel better, and a little more connected to this rather eccentric fellow. Speaking of his voice, it’s incredible. Truly beautiful, at some points during his show I was riveted simply by the range and accuracy of his notes. He plays numerous instruments, mixes them with electronic beats, and in Vancouver he was accompanied by his laptop, a drummer, a stand up bass and a violin player.

He’s on tour right now promoting his latest album “The Magic Position” released on Loog Records, which is being well received. When he played the title track live, he introduced it as “that time in your life when you quit your job and fall in love– it’s like…the magic position”. It was perfect, just as he began to play I saw my ‘crush’ out of the corner of my eye. I went and stood beside him in my very own little magic position. After the show, my ‘crush’ who will remain nameless, mentioned simply as an observation, how ‘un-political’ Patrick Wolf was. It’s true; although he did ask at one point during the show if there were “any Muslims in the audience”, which I found amusing and apparently so does Patrick because according to him, “there never are.” Isn’t that a label? Or labeling people? Hmmmm….

Anyway, Patrick Wolf is a wonderful entertainer, lyricist, performer, singer – Artist. He may come off quite soft and feminine but at 15 he actually sued his school for their views on gay people. They had said that they couldn’t help him with bullying because he was of an ‘effeminate disposition’. So he took them to the European Court of Justice and won, and bought a piano with the money. I read that somewhere…I unfortunately didn’t have enough time before he had to go to ask him about it but I do think it’s worth acknowledging.

If you haven’t heard of Patrick Wolf I encourage you to check him out, and not just this album, his past albums and of course he’s working on his next album as well. When I asked him if there were any discernible themes he replied “depression, darkness, suicide…” So the next album shall be a light one? He didn’t think that was funny or at least he didn’t laugh or respond.

In all seriousness though, it was a pleasure and an honor to talk with Patrick and I look forward to his further success.

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BONDE DO ROLE TO RELEASE NEW EP MARINA GASOLINA EP DROPS DECEMBER 4th ON DOMINO RECORDS

BONDE DO ROLE TO RELEASE NEW EP MARINA GASOLINA EP DROPS DECEMBER 4th ON DOMINO RECORDS

Bonde Do Role’s riotous year of non-stop partying continues with the release of the Marina Gasolina EP, which will be released in the US on December 4th by Domino Records. The EP will include new remixes of their infectious single by Peaches and Fake Blood (the latter currently tearing it up in the clubs, according to Diplo).

The 10 track U.S. CD EP will also feature a new version Marina Gasolina, plus tracks and remixes previously unreleased in the U.S., with the U.K. releasing a funky 7 inch and a chunky 12 inch. All tracks will be available digitally in both countries!

Tracklisting:
1. MARINA GASOLINA (NEW VERSION)
2. CONTAMINADA
3. CAGAGO
4. MIAMI BEACH
5. MARINA GASOLINA (FAKE BLOOD Remix)
6. MARINA GASOLINA (PEACHES Remix)
7. OFFICE BOY (CSS Remix)
8. OFFICE BOY (ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI Remix)
9. SOLTA O FRANGO (BITCHEE BITCHEE YA YA Remix)
10. SOLTA O FRANGO (LADYTRON Remix)

BLACK LIPS TO STAR IN FEATURE FILM, EXTEND US TOUR, MAKE RADIO AND TV APPEARANCES – FUEL TV PERFORMANCE AIRS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd at 9PM ET / 6PM PT, VIVA RADIO SESSION AIRING NOVEMBER 2nd at 4pm ET

BLACK LIPS TO STAR IN FEATURE FILM, EXTEND US TOUR, MAKE RADIO AND TV APPEARANCES – FUEL TV PERFORMANCE AIRS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd at 9PM ET / 6PM PT, VIVA RADIO SESSION AIRING NOVEMBER 2nd at 4pm ET

NEW US TOUR DATES BELOW

Springboard Films has announced that the Black Lips (VICE) have signed on to star in the feature film, Let It Be. Scheduled to begin production in May of 2008, Let It Be takes place during the late eighties in the post-punk American underground rock scene. Atlanta’s notorious Black Lips will play a fictional band who become a symbol of the changing cultural landscape. The movie will be filmed throughout the Southeast and will include notable music of the period and new music written by the band.

Let It Be will be produced by veteran producer Andrew Meyer (Fried Green Tomatoes, The Breakfast Club) and Winn Coslick (The Bottom), and directed by award-winning producer/director Roger Rawlings (Neurotica).

Springboard Films has formed a creative partnership with VICE Music for this project.

Black Lips also make appearances on Fuel TV and Viva Radio this week. Their session on Viva Radio airs at 4pm eastern time this Friday, November 2nd. Check it out at http://www.viva-radio.com/meplusyou. Details on Fuel TV below.

Friday, November 2nd: Black Lips
The hyperactive Atlanta-based garage-rockers blister through “O’ Katrina” and “Bad Kids” from their latest Good Bad Not Evil.

“The Daily Habit” is FUEL TV’s first original daily series, telecast weeknights at 9:00 pm ET (6:00 pm PT) while re-airing later in the evening at 12:00 am ET (9:00 pm PT), and the following weekday at 2:30pm ET (11:30am PT) and 5:30pm ET (2:30 pm PT). “The Daily Habit” encompasses the world of the action sports enthusiast, mixing the best in pop culture with today’s top action sports personalities, cutting-edge music, product reviews, and comedy.

Upcoming tour dates:
Nov 30 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse w/ Snowden, Deerhunter, and Selmanaires
Dec 5 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre w/ Deerhunter
Dec 7 – Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre w/ The Sammies
Dec 8 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel /w Reigning Sound

NINE INCH NAILS: Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D

NINE INCH NAILS: Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D

YEAR ZERO ALBUM REMIXED: STEPHEN MORRIS, BILL LASWELL, KRONOS QUARTET, SAUL WILLIAMS, OLOF DREIJER, THE FAINT AND MORE

REMIX IT YOURSELF: EVERY MASTER MULTI-TRACK MADE AVAILABLE

SANTA MONICA, CA — October 30, 2007 — “I’m very pleased with the way it turned out,” says Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails’ Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D (Interscope Records), to be released November 20, 2007. “Remix records can be disposable garbage (of which I myself have been guilty to some extent) but this collection feels good to me.”

Spun off from Year Zero, the #2-charting album issued in the spring, Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D features a stunning diversity of remixers, from Joy Division and New Order’s Stephen Morris to classical crossover pioneer Kronos Quartet and hip-hop poet Saul Williams; from avant-garde leader Bill Laswell, electronica’s Olof Dreijer from The Knife, Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino and post-punk revivalists The Faint to an unknown fan who submitted a remix via the Internet.

“I reached out to heroes, friends and strangers,” says Reznor. “I encouraged those I approached to do anything and insert themselves as much as possible into the track. Some of the stuff that was done earlier led me to choosing other people to balance things out. The Pirate Robot Midget mix is a fan’s work–I thought it was great, it filled a need and I asked permission to use it here. It’s always interesting for me to hear my work reinterpreted–I hope it is for you as well.”

In fact, purchasers can even reinterpret and remix Year Zero themselves. The CD package for Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3Dincludes a DVD-ROM containing every track from Year Zero in multi-track format (Mac and PC). Perhaps for the first time, the master multi-tracks for every recording on a major album are being made available to the public. The tracks are pre-formatted for Apple GarageBand and Ableton Live (Mac or PC); the DVD-ROM also adds the demo version of Ableton Live (Mac or PC) and generic WAVE files at 16 bit 44K that can be loaded into any audio editor. The package is also available on 180 gram heavy vinyl in a deluxe six-panel gatefold jacket.

A special Web site, remix.nin.com, will debut upon Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D’s release date. Says Reznor,“Remixes and fun encouraged.”

Tracklisting:

1. gunshots by computer: saul williams
2. the great destroyer: modwheelmood
3. my violent heart: pirate robot midget
4. the beginning of the end: ladytron
5. survivalism: saul williams
6. capital g: epworth phones
7. vessel: bill laswell
8. the warning: stefan goodchild featuring doudou n’diaye rose
9. meet your master: the faint
10. god given: stephen morris & gillian gilbert
11. me, i’m not: olof dreijer
12. another version of the truth: kronos quartet & enrique gonzalez müller
13. in this twilight: fennesz
14. zero sum: stephen morris & gillian gilbert

The Willowz announce Nov-Dec U.S. tour dates with the Electric Six, new videos posted from latest Dim Mak album Chautauqua directed by Paul Gondry, others.

The Willowz announce Nov-Dec U.S. tour dates with the Electric Six, new videos posted from latest Dim Mak album Chautauqua directed by Paul Gondry, others.

“Big ballsy tracks plus trippier, genuinely engaging psych rock with loads of good, basic melodies and expertise.” – Rolling Stone

“Coyly ambitious and in-the-moment exciting.” – Spin

“The Willowz’ sonic revelry is a riotous romp through rock’s back pages. It’s neither ramshackle nor imitative. The Willowz are an ingenious hybrid, devising clever arrangements and deploying convulsive vocals and slowly but surely getting under your skin.” – Harp

L.A.’s garage-punk-teens-gone-full-scale-rock-opera The Willowz return to the road yet again in November with everyone’s favorite disco-punk band Electric Six. The tour kicks off November 13th in Philadelphia (please see full dates below.) The Willowz released the band’s third album Chautauqua on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak label earlier this year and has toured nearly non-stop ever since.

The band beloved by revered director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind) — who co-directed The Willowz 2006 DVD video collection Seeinsquares — has released four new videos for Chautauqua.

Willowz Videos:

“Evil Son” – http://youtube.com/watch?v=OvU38lYtFHE

“Jubilee” – http://youtube.com/watch?v=_lHLSXHad0Y

“Take A Look Around” – http://youtube.com/watch?v=Iiva8Cnq9Os

“Nobody” – http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7070252051644197679

The Willowz were conceived in a bedroom in Anaheim, CA in the early summer of 2002 by Richie James Follin singer/guitarist and bassist/singer Jessica Reynoza, who were both at the time in their late teens. The name of the group came to Jessica in a dream when a willow(z) tree told her it would bring her musical enlightenment. The first 7-inch was recorded that summer with producer Paul Kostabi in NYC, with Tony Mann on drums (GG Allin, New York Dolls) and released on the infamous Posh Boy records by way of Robbie Fields.

The Willowz then began playing shows anywhere and everywhere around Los Angeles and Orange County, with an ever changing lineup of drummers and guitarists. The band soon caught the eye of Dionysus Records, who would release the first disc, The Willowz in early 2004 which was chosen by the OC Weekly as one of the top 10 albums of the year. For that album, the band set up a studio in a Whittier garage with Paul Kostabi as their producer, recording everything in just a few days with little idea what they were really doing… and the raw sound is proof of it.

Soon after rigorous touring of the greater North America and Europe, the band’s music was featured in Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind while Kirsten Dunst danced on a bed in her underpants. The soundtrack was nominated for a Grammy. Gondry had a dream about The Willowz song “I Wonder” and soon flew them out to NYC and paid to make a video for them. What followed was another single release, this time on XL Recordings and more European and North American touring with such bands as The Weirdos, New York Dolls, The Dirtbombs, The Greenhornes, Wolfmother, The Ponys, Tom Vek, Ted Leo, OK Go!, The Gossip, Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Dwarves, Burning Brides, John Cale and many others.

In February, 2005, The Willowz re-released its self titled album on Sympathy For the Record Industry, changing the title to Are Coming and adding four new songs. The follow-up Talk In Circles was released June 2005 (also recorded in a garage by Paul Kostabi, this time as a four piece and with a little more focus on making an album) on the Long Beach, CA label Sympathy for the Record Industry by way of record mogul Long Gone John. Talk In Circles received extraordinary reviews, including “46th Best Album of The Year” by Rolling Stone and was also featured in another one of Gondry’s films, The Science of Sleep. The Willowz were nominated by LA Weekly as one of the top bands of 2005. More singles followed on such labels as Contaminated, Acid Bird and Sympathy. In 2006 the band released the DVD Seeinsquares on Sympathy. Seeinsquares contained 27 unique videos, all by different directors, and additional live concert footage at a Catholic school summer camp in Oklahoma, several of these videos have gone on to win national and international awards.

For the third album Chautauqua, released on Steve Aoki’s Los Angeles label Dim Mak, The Willowz headed to the eastern countryside and set up a studio, this time in a basement, with Paul Kostabi again producing. They recruited Aric Bohn on guitar and Loren Shane Humphrey on the drums. Chautauqua provides the energy and rawness of the first albums with a thicker rock sound more focused on songwriting. Chautauqua has already been voted by the OC Weekly as the best album in the past 12 months. Rolling Stone gave it 3 1/2 stars, naming “Siren Song” as best song of the week and “Waiting To Fall” song of the day at Rollingstone.com.

“Chautauqua is an engaging and desperately needed resuscitation to raw fundamentals of rock in this digitally perfected age. Flawlessly executed, attention grapping, and joy inducing, Chautauqua is a renaissance rock masterpiece.” – Jive Magazine

“I like The Willowz. They defy categorization, drawing on a wide palette of influences, from metal to country/ folk and from post-punk to grunge. An early contender for record of the year.” – Razorcake

“With Chautauqua, The Willowz prove their mettle (and metal) as a big expansive rock machine cleverly disguised as an economical indie garage band.” – Amplifier

“You could do a lot worse than to have famed director Michel Gondry as your number one fan. The deserving subjects of his adoration are The Willowz, a five-year-old-rock quartet from California. It is the group’s guitar-heavy melodies he loves or the way the fivesome reinvents classic rock licks on Chautauqua? Either way, if we had a hidden camera on Gondry right now, we’d surely observe him headbanging to Willowz tunes like “Evil Son” or zoning out to the folky, Zeppelinish ‘Jublilee.’” – Bust

“In true Willowz fashion, the musicianship manages to simultaneously sound both rough and impeccable – if a contemporary version of the Nuggets box set were put together, a few songs on Chautauqua would be a natural fit.” – Performer Magazine

“Lo-fi darlings of critics and Michel Gondry, young California band The Willowz may finally be ready to make their mark on everyone else.” – Filter Magazine

“Willowz has always been one of ear-splitting ferocity. Lead singer Richie Follin’s charm has always been a yelping recklessness combined with a natural ear for melody.” – URB

The WIllowz Live:

All w/ Electric 6
11/13 Philadelphia, PA The Khyber
11/14 Cambridge, MA Middle East
11/15 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/16 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
11/17 Washington, DC Black Cat
11/18 Baltimore, MD Sonar
11/20 Savannah, GA Savannah Smiles
11/21 Atlanta, GA The Earl
11/23 Orlando, FL The Social
11/24 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits
11/26 New Orleans, LA The Parish
11/27 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
11/28 Houston, TX Engine Room
11/29 Austin, TX Emo’s
11/30 Dallas, TX House of Blues
12/01 Kansas City, KS The Record Bar
12/03 St. Louis, MO Creepy Crawl
12/04 Little Rock, AR The Rev Room
12/05 Nashville, TN Mercury Lounge
12/06 Indianapolis, IN Birdy’s
12/07 Covington, KY The Mad Hatter
12/08 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop

Chautauqua Tracklisting:

01. Beware
02. Take A Look Around
03. Jubilee
04. Nobody
05. Evil Son
06. Siren Song
07. Warship
08. All Need
09. Waiting To Fall
10. Choose A Side
11. Once and A While
12. Big Knob
13. Yesterday’s Lost
14. Lonesome Gods