||Talk in Circles CD (2005)
Alex Nowicki music CDs Audio Mixers: Paul Kostabi; Evan Rodaniche.
Photographers: Johann Wall; Yuri.
The Willowz: Dan Bush (guitar, Fender Rhodes piano, background vocals); Jessica Reynoza (background vocals); Richie James Follin, Alex Nowicki.
Personnel: Dan Lowe (vocals, guitar, Fender Rhodes piano); Richie James Follin (vocals, guitar); Jessica Reynoza (vocals, bass guitar); Alex Nowicki (drums).
||Willowz CD (2004) |
Alex Nowicki albums On their self-titled debut, the Willowz have mastered the art of sounding impassioned and totally disaffected at the same time. It's true that the Anaheim, CA, trio's garage punk calls to mind more established bands in that style, most notably the White Stripes; indeed, The Willowz has the same kind of stripped-down sound and explosive enthusiasm that made the Stripes' early albums so striking, but the Willowz are a far less arty band than the duo from Detroit. On their own terms, though, the Willowz are a fun mix of attitude and energy, two traits that describe lead Willow Richie James March. He is an impressive garage punk vocalist, with an assertive, nasally rasp that sounds instantly familiar but is still difficult to pin down. Bassist/backup singer Jessica Reynoza is the yin to March's yang, adding some depth and softness to the Willowz's sound with her harmonies. The vocal interplay between her and March works particularly well on "Meet Your Demise," which is heightened by the fun phonetic play in phrases like "meet your demise" and "mission to Mars" and on the inspired nonsense of "Get Down." Songs such as "Keep on Looking" and "Not You" make the most of March's appealingly cheap guitar tone and also underscore the influence of '80s Cali punk on their sound, while the sweetly shambling ballad "I Wonder" shows that the Willowz have a wider range than just the thrashy garage punk that they usually play. A prime example of this is "Something," the brash, funny song that was also featured ...