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    The Willowz

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1What's Wrong Is Right lyrics
    2Linear Communication lyrics
    3Blind Story lyrics
    4Heartstrings lyrics
    5Meet Your Demise lyrics
    6Put Together lyrics
    7Toy lyrics
    8We Can Die Now lyrics
    9We Live On Your Street lyrics
    10I Know lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Talk In Circles [2005]
    2Are Coming [2004]
    3Everyone [2009]
    4Chautauqua [2007]


    The Willowz Biography:

    Second-Generation Punks
    The Willowz make songs that sound like a place, their styles signs along the road

    The Willowz Are Coming—a half-hour debut album released last year, and recorded in a garage when the band were still a three-piece and still in their teens—is raw, gleeful, and full of the unrestrained joy of a group suddenly realizing that the world is a paper bag and their instruments a way of tearing it to shreds, as in "Something," which Michel Gondry picked for the soundtrack of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Early punk bands come to mind, bands that made a sound out of their love of what they did, amateurs and professionals playing amateurs: X-Ray Spex, Kleenex, the Germs. But punk is only part of the Willowz' heritage. From the start, their sound spreads out. Their songs are as much shapes as tunes, short but not easily summarized. This is not the sound of a style or a time. It's more the sound of a place: the sprawl of suburban Los Angeles, where they grew up. Orange County, Anaheim to be precise. Strip malls, middle-class subdivisions, Disneyland. A world where the past is not more than a generation deep, the present is ever expanding, and the future is permanently under construction.

    On the new, hour-long Talk in Circles, styles flash by like signs along the road: glitter, boogie, '60s pop, overheated garage r&b, short metallic eruptions, gentle acoustic rambles. The songs sketch thwarted desires and grand ambitions, often in fractured language that seems half lyric, half journal-spill. The Willowz are now a four-piece, and only drummer Alex Nowicki remains in his teens. Their music is no longer wobbly—detailed guitar fills and buried keyboard countermelodies have found their way in. Yet the spirit of spontaneous invention remains. When Follin yowls his way up from underneath a note, the Willowz sound almost as hungry as the New York Dolls looking for a kiss or a hook, whichever can be found first.

    So what is it like to be one of America's most promising young bands? Some nights it is like this: You look out from beneath a curtain of straight, brown, past-the-shoulders hair at a sparse crowd that peaks at about 60, many of them not paying customers, six of them there to document the show. This was the picture at Southpaw a few Fridays ago, though to be fair, it was the Willowz' fifth area gig in a week, and bassist Jessica Reynoza was sick. They played 10 songs, half of which achieved miraculous liftoff, one of which was a cover that nodded to their L.A. roots (Love's "My Flash on You"), and one of which turned into a jam with trumpet and timbale. At the end of 30 minutes, Follin thanked us politely for paying attention. If you aren't, you really ought to be. They're desperate and exuberant at the same time, one of rock & roll's greatest tricks, and chances are they're only going to get more desperate and exuberant as life throws them for a loop or throws them a party, as the case may be.

    by Joe Levy

    * offtopic :
    The only thing to change on this biography is that the line-up has changed since the release of Talk in Circles, and is now as such: Richie James Follin - Vocals & Guitar + Jessica Anne Reynoza - Bass Guitar & Vocals + Aric Chirstopher Bohn - Guitar & Vocals + Loren Shane Humphrey - Drum!

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