Thursday, November 29, 2007
All our shows have been going great and most of them have been sold out.
We are the Fury joined us a few days back.
We kidnapped the Golden Dogs drummer and we are holding him for ransom.
Our tour manager Travis has developed Narcolepsy and falls asleep at a moments notice, as illustrated below.
Monday, November 26, 2007
We got to the club early so we had time to sound check and get a bite to
eat at panera bakery. Electric six ate there too. Richie was
dissapointed because he ordered broccoli cheese soup instead of clam
chowder. Aric also felt the same about his clam chowder, so they traded
Richie threw an apple at ted. The show was really great, I was
really sad to see the golden dogs play their last show on this tour.
Three of the golden dogs got up on stage with us on the end of our set
for our james brown cover. I ended up with beer all over my face
because when I was bent over backwards stuart poured beer in my mouth,
but it went up my nose so I spit it everywhere.
After the show all three bands took a group photo. And there were a
couple throws of dice in the corner.
And with all said and done, we now got an extra drummer for a little
bit. Good ol' taylor from the golden dogs.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
The tour has been going great. Electric Six is a great band and the Golden Dogs are amazing.
We spent our Thanksgiving at Ted's family's house. They put us up on our previous tour in Florida. The shows have been going great. This tour has been a lot of fun with no drama. All of the bands get along so well that we couldn't make drama if we tried. Electric Six had Thanksgiving at Cracker Barrel, we were with Ted's family's and we don't know where the Golden Dogs went but they are Canadian anyways.
The Golden Dogs drop off the tour after tonights show and we will be joined by a band called We Are the Fury.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Last night we played Philly which is one of our favorite cities to play. It was the first night of tour and it was great to see all of our fans at the show. Philly is a great place to play because it is one city that really loves music. Richie didn't get kicked out of the Khyber this time around which was great. We were really happy to meet up with a great band from Canada, the Golden Dogs. Electric Six was great as usual. Our merch dude was a no show so hopefully he will hop on board today.
Today We will be at the Middle East. We love Cambridge. One of our favorite bloggers always come to our shows in this great city. Ryan's Smashing Life!
Sunday, November 11, 2007
It's Saturday and we have just left for our first show with Electric Six which is in Philadelphia on Tuesday November 13th at the Khyber. We are driving straight through, our first rest is Albuquerque, New Mexico. Jessica is in Detroit and is going to meet us at the show. We have a new merch guy, Kristopher Massey. We are happy to be back on the road and are happy to be playing with one of our favorite bands Electric Six and our new favorite band the Golden Dogs. We are a little nervous because the Golden Dogs want to share equipment so that the change over between sets will be easier and quicker. Their manager called our manager and our manager was to scared to tell their manager that Aric smashes everyone's equipment so she had to dance around the subject- hopefully all will work out. Who knows maybe Aric will stop smashing equipment on this tour. We hope so, especially since we don't have any more equipment for him to destroy. Anyway we are back out on the road and hope you all can come out to see our show. We have been working on our new album so we might be playing some new tunes as well. We also want to thank everyone that has helped promote the upcoming shows and put up posters for us.
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Wednesday, March 28, 2007
ALL MUDIC GUIDE
|by Heather Phares|
The Willowz have become a well-oiled rock machine since their "Meet Your Demise" days, something they proved ably on 2005's Talk in Circles, where they showed they could deliver more sounds and ideas than the charmingly scrappy garage punk of their early singles. Chautauqua is just as sprawling, a little less inspired, but ultimately nearly as satisfying as Talk in Circles, with its first three songs mapping out the album's scope. "Beware," a tough, strutting rocker, "Take a Look Around," a twangy country-folk collage, and "Jubilee," a surly classic rock-inspired ballad that catches flame toward the end, find the Willowz polishing the eclectic approach of Talk in Circles and setting the tone for the rest of Chautauqua. At times, the album's more elaborate sound -- which is heavy on organs and massive guitars -- threatens to overpower tracks like "Siren Song" and "Warship," and at other times, the songwriting just doesn't seem as strong as it did on the Willowz's earlier releases. Fortunately, things jell as Chautauqua unfolds and, on the second half of the album, the band strikes a good balance between the immediacy and simplicity of its early work and its more recent ambition. This is particularly true of "Waiting to Fall"'s trippy pop and "All I Need," which boasts the album's most indelible melody; "Nobody" is the kind of loose, slightly cocky, and slightly goofy song that made the Willowz so appealing in the first place. Meanwhile, "Yesterday's Lost" and "Once and a While" prove that despite all the changes in the Willowz's sound, they still haven't lost their flair for deceptively sweet and simple acoustic melodies. Chautauquamay not be as big a leap forward as Talk in Circles, but it's another step in the right direction.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
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The Willowz, Chautauqua, Dim Mak [3/20/07]
Another line-up change, another label. Not to worry, the Willowz still sound like the Willowz. The Anaheim aggregate still rocks hard, Richie Follin still sings at the top of his range. Hey, it worked for Geddy Lee, it worked for Fred Cole--it worked for Jeffrey Lee Pierce, too. The Willowz may sound more like the White Stripes as a quartet than trios like Rush or Dead Moon, but you get the idea.Guitarist Follin and bass player Jessica Reynoza form the core of the band. As with Chicago's Ponys, a garage-punk group founded by a couple, I'd imagine that these two are an item (Reynoza's always been the only female member). According to their website, Aric Bohn (guitar) and Loren Humphrey (drums) are the new members (Tony Mann fills the drum seat on the disc). As with ex-couple/former Sympathy labelmates the White Stripes, the Willowz also alternate between hard and soft. While the Stripes base their sound in the blues, the Willowz enter country-rock territory when they turn the volume down. At these junctures, Neil Young comes to mind (he likes those high notes, too).
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Which is a line from a song by The Willowz I'm listening to and reminds me of a movie I saw last night called The Devil and Daniel Johnston. The documentary accounts for Daniel Johnston, a singer-songwriter from West Virginia who rose to a strikingly pronounced fame with his debut masterpiece he created on a weight bench in his brother's garage while working at McDonald's in Austin, Texas. Deemed a genius by most circles in the Austin rock scene of 1983 and by most in years to follow, he stepped onto MTV led by an inertia that seemed to carry him from peak to pit throughout most of his life. Flying under and off the radar and into a tree, (literally after he threw the keys the cockpit of his father's small plane and they spiraled into a wood) he's gone in and out of treatment for most of his life. Burdened with an intense gift for visual art and music and coinciding mental illness, Johnston channels these thoughts, visions, fears, paranoia, and essentially schizophrenia into the beauty that only travellers on the fringes of reality can witness. I highly recommend seeing this documentary. It paints a realistic and beautiful picture of Daniel Johnston and the people who love him.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Ever zince L.A. garage rockers the Willowz filled two slotz on the zoundtrack to Charlie Kaufman'z Eternal Zunshine of the Zpotless Mind (and more recently, contributed muZic to another Michel Gondry-directed film, The Zcience of Zleep), their profile has continued to rize.
(OK, we'll ztop. I mean stop.)
Now, Dim Mak has tacked the Willowz on to its roster, and plans to release their forthcoming Chautauqua LP on March 20. The track "Evil Son" is available for download below.
The band will tour North America with the Mooney Suzuki in February and March, and hit Europe in early 2007, though dates have yet to be confirmed. They'll also appear at Dim Mak's showcase at next year's South by Southwest.
Like everybody and their mom, the Willowz have been nominated for "Subterranean"'s video of the year for their "Cons and Tricks" clip. Vote here, if you are so inclined.
Finally, the Willowz currently have a single date on their agenda. They'll play a free show at L.A.'s Spaceland club on December 26.
02 Take a Look Around
05 Evil Son
06 Siren Song
08 All I Need
09 Waiting to Fall
10 Choose a Side
11 Once and a While
12 Big Knob
13 Yesterdays Lost
14 Lonesome Gods
Friday, February 09, 2007
Willowz Jubliee by Toben J Seymour. Toben's Cons and Tricks video recently was voted by Mtv's Subterranean as one of the top 10 videos of the year. For Willowz upcoming tour dates check their myspace.
THE WILLOWZ, 'JUBILEE'
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Thursday, February 08, 2007
3.03.07 EL REY THEATRE w/ HAR MAR SUPERSTAR & WEIRD SCIENCE
3.11.07 LARIMER LOUNGE
3.14.07 SXSW- Dim Mak Records
3.20.07 RECORD RELEASE PARTY!!! at CINESPACE
4.03.07 12 GALAXIES
4.07.07 THE SUNSET
4.10.07 THE AQUARIUM
4.11.07 THE TURF CLUB
4.12.07 VAUDEVILLE MEWS
4.13.07 DOWNTOWN RECORDS
4.15.07 MAIN STAGE
4.17.07 KRAFTBRAU BREWERY
4.19.07 THE BLACKOUT FESTIVAL @ THE UNION
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Monday, January 29, 2007
Congratulations and Thank You Michael Sladek and Joseph Krings.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Label: Dim Mak Records
Release Date: 3/20/07
By: Jason Kordich
After one EP(The Willowz) and two LPs(Are Coming, Talk in Circles), the Willowz(Richie Follin, Jessica Reynoza, Aric Bohn, Ted Humphrey) have returned with one of the most impressive releases to come out thus far in 07. Continuing to channel the blues, rock, and soul of the 60’s and 70’s, the Willowz approach, although the antithesis of the minimalist framework of the White Stripes, maintains a similar sonic quality. Whether they are playing loud and raucous or twangy and soulful, this foursome from Anaheim, CA on Chautauqua has raised their song writing to truly legendary heights. Instead of merely creating brilliant displays of guitar work or drum solos(not to say that these areas do not shine on this album), the Willowz have worked long and hard at creating a complete album that will not soon be forgotten. With each song offering a different story told with a different musical approach, 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 Rating: 5 out of 5
Track Listing: 1)Beware 2)Take a Look Around 3)Jubilee 4)Nobody 5)Evil Son 6)Siren Song 7)Warship 8)All I Need 9)Waiting to Fall 10)Choose a Side 11)Once and A While 12)Big Knob 13)Yesterdays Lost 14)Lonesome Gods