Thursday, September 27, 2007

The WoWz

The WoWz are a prolific three-piece miscellaneous band from New York City who comb (and combine) the eternal dolor of Hank Williams Sr. with the perverse humor of David Berman and the improbable harmonies of BEATLES FOR SALE. Since 2004, theyve recorded two full-length records and an EP.

Their debut, LONG GRAIN RIGHTS, was recorded in early 2004 at Balloon Heaven, an appalling dump of a Bensonhurst basement that has likewise captured the sounds of Adam Green, Herman Düne and Jeffrey Lewis. Released on NYCs Recommended If You Like Records, LONG GRAIN RIGHTS plays like a fermented solution of powdered sugar and baking soda - a compound as addictive as picking your scalp.

After completing that album, Sam James (guitar, bass, vocals), Simon Beins (guitars, vocals) and Johnny Dydo (drums, vocals) sought out the next basement they could find: Johnny's pop's laundry room in Yonkers. There, inspired by sawdust and commuters' fury, they continued to mutate, juxtaposing Sam and Simon's rebelliously cherubic voices with the electric flatulence of bass fuzz and the astonishingly ornithological indigestion of feedback.

In the meantime, The WoWz played frequent acoustic sets all over NYC and began to leave the subway long enough to play out of the city, hitching rides with pals like The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, The Brunettes and David-Ivar Herman Düne.

In June 2004, The WoWz found yet another basement that would let them descend into it; and so they set up shop at Care-A-Lot Studios in Harlem and hastily recorded the 5-song NICOTINE BUBBLEGUM EP for Luv-A-Lot Records. Throughout 2005, The WoWz composed and recorded the soundtrack for Mosaic Films production KING CORN with producer Bo Ramsey, and released their second full-length, COOL DUMP (Luv-a-Lot / RiYL), a reaming tower of questionable matter lovingly groped by some and exasperated by many.

Like LONG GRAIN RIGHTS and NICOTINE BUBBLEGUM, COOL DUMP finds the band at the outer reaches of quirkiness, poised to teeter upon the precipice (and prepuce) of advisable beauty until they all fall down... and perhaps only then, after we've read their wills, might we understand what that name of theirs means.

The WoWz are currently at work on their third full-length album with producer Ben Fries, due out in 2008. The band has also recorded the soundtrack to the new documentary, KING CORN (, which will kick off its national theatrical run at New York's legendary Cinema Village on October 12th, 2007. Highly Recommended!

The Wowz - Birds Fly High (from Long Grain Rights)
The Wowz - My Baby Loves Me (from Nicotine Bubble Gum EP)
The Wowz - Distant And Wide (from Cool Dump)
The Wowz - Cool Dump (album download)
The Wowz @ MySpace

Kanye West - Graduation (2007) !!!
UGK - Underground Kidz (2007) !!!
Talib Kweli - Eardrum (2007) !!!
Soulja Boy - souljaboytellem.Com (2007)
Will.I.Am - Songs About Girls (2007)
Rascal Flatts - Still Feels Good (2007)
VA - Chi City (OST)
Jay-Z & Dr.Dre - Chronic 3000
Mano Negra - Casa Babylon
Nas - Hip Hop Is Dead
VA - Big Mike - Fourth Quarter Pleasure Part 3 (Bootleg)
Spoon - Live At Webster Hall NY, 06-09-2005
Mount Eerie - Live At Kerckhoff Grand Salon 11-16-2003
Whiskeytown - Sampler
Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have It So Much Better
Kanye West - College Dropout
Gym Class Heroes - As Cruel As School Children
+ Pussycat Dolls, Christina Aguilera, Gnarls Barkley, etc.
Citizen Cope - Every Waking Moment
VA - Terror Squad Presents DJ Kahled - Listennn: The Album


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