© Benjamin Garett Davis
Woozy took time out from their tour on their ride to Fort Colins, CO, to answer some questions for Third Outing about their new album Blistered out today...
3rd: Hi Woozy! Introduce the band and tell us more about you?
Woozy: We are a band from New Orleans, LA made up of guitarists/vocalists Kara Stafford and John St. Cyr and percussionist Ian Paine-Jesam.
Woozy's sound. Give me 3 words you'd hate to hear it described as?
"By surrounding the heaviest parts of these songs with delicate instrumentals, the harshness is that much more apparent".
I've had time to listen to Blistered. It's an intense record with contrasting sounds. How would you describe it?
Sonically, it's a study in dynamics and counterpoint influenced by our backgrounds in classical music and love of punk in its many forms. Classical thought in a hardcore framework. Thematically, the album is a sort of open group therapy, a retrospective of what went wrong.
On what went wrong...like the heavier tracks Painted White or The Lurch? They rely on power and melody. Or something else?
These songs are definitely heavily reliant on melody, but a lot of their power lies in contrast. By surrounding the heaviest parts of these songs with delicate instrumentals, the harshness is that much more apparent.
I like the contrast of the guitars and the voice. It creates an atmospheric ambiance. What was the idea behind the record?The relationship between the guitars and vocals is an attempt to maintain a songwriting aesthetic within a compositional context.
And the track Gilding The Lily?
The song is a love letter to the people you love that you have to let go.
Your music is experimental. You take risks. What's your view on the current rock scene in the USA?
While there will always be trends and tropes, the underground music scene in America has never been more accepting of new ideas and experimentation. The DIY/DIT community has reached its grimy little tendrils into the corners every dingy coffee shop, anarchist record store and all-ages community space in the country and created a safety net of support and encouragement for underground music.