Accept no substitute.
By Fred Mills
BLURT faves the Willowz are set to release their fourth
album (or fifth, depending on how you treat that the 2004 and 2005 releases The Willowz and Are Coming, which had overlapping tracks) on Oct. 6 via Dim
Mak/Downtown. Titled Everyone, it’s
being described as “staying true
to their no-strings-attached soul infused garage rock sound [but incorporating]
stronger crafted pop hooks than ever before.”
Check out the
MP3 for the new song “Repetition” and hear for yourself.
Dang, that’s one fine
Yardbirds-styled fuzz raveup. While you listen to it you can also read about
guitarist Richie Follin’s solo album that was released earlier this year.
Come to think
of it, the Willowz’ 2007 release Chautauqua had pretty strong pop hooks, too. Yours truly, writing for Harp mag at the time, opined thusly:
You can dwell upon the
Willowz’ rock ‘n’ roll pulchritude if you want; the Anaheim group oozes cinema-ready
star quality in Richie Follin’s lean, hirsute visage and Jessica Reynoza’s
pouty-lipped smirk. But discount the actual music on their third full-length
and you’ll miss out on one powerhouse combo. From the Led Zeppelin-like screech
‘n’ awe of “Beware” (“Yer gonna feel it when it hits,” warns a
retribution-minded Follin) and the Alice Cooper-esque thug-thud of “Waiting to
Fall,” to the maraca- and ass-shakin’ Stones stomp of “Nobody” (Follin and
Reynoza lustily gobbling the microphone like a guy/gal Jon Spencer) and the drone-and-strum
Velvets groove of “All I Need,” the Willowz’ sonic revelry is a riotous romp
through rock’s back pages. It’s neither ramshackle nor imitative, however. The Willowz
are an ingenious hybrid, devising clever arrangements and deploying convulsive
vocals and slowly but surely getting under your skin. Don’t hate ‘em ‘cos
Well, they’re still purty, and based on their last SXSW
showcase in Austin,
they still romp riotously. At any rate, here’s what we’re being told about the
Opening the record is “Break Your
Back,” a track that starts out with simple percussion and colorful vocals
before crescendo-ing into a massive, heavily layered song, paving the way for
the remainder of this dynamic rock album. “I Know” rides the waves between
garage rock vigor and an undeniably addictive, anthemic chorus. “Way It Seems”
highlights lead vocalist Richie James Follin’s incredible range as his falsetto
accompanies the always tempo changing song, making it stand out as an original
track that can’t be qualified as either fast paced nor a ballad, but rather
manages to be both.
Works for us.
We’re BLURT, and we approved this news item. See you in October!