From Anaheim, California, and with an average age of only 20 years old, The Willowz are Richie James Follin (Lead Vocals & Guitar), Jessica Reynoza (Bass & Vocals) and Alex Willow (Drums).
Garage rock, blues and soul, 80’s punk and 60’s rock’n’roll are all words that people have used to describe them. What is clear is that they make music that predates their years somewhat.
Clocking in at a rapid 20 minutes over nine tracks, their debut and self-titled mini-album is available in the States on tiny independent, Dionysis (Buy it from Amazon – The Willowz). Recorded in just three days and despite the band treating it as their “demo tape”, it successfully translates their exciting talent on to record and heavily hints at their bright future ahead. Both ‘I Wonder’ and ‘Something’ originally appeared on said record.
As well as releasing their first material, this year has also seen them get an incredible start to their career. Michel Gondry (he of Björk, Chemical Brothers and White Stripes video directorial fame) discovered them whilst scouring the web for music for his film, ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ and, upon loving what he had stumbled upon, promptly used ‘Something’ to soundtrack a scene with Kirsten Dunst dancing around in her underwear. Not the sort of thing that happens everyday then.
It doesn’t end there though. Michel has gone on to fund and make a suitably odd video for “I Wonder” for them. Filmed entirely in black and white and starring Richie, it quirkily captures the mood of the record and leaves you in no doubt that the Willowz star is rising…
“I Wonder” / “Something” will be available on 7″ only. Brand new material from The Willowz will follow shortly.
DEBUT UK TOUR – SEPTEMBER 2004
- CARDIFF BARFLY
- LONDON BARFLY
- BRISTOL LOUISIANA
- COVENTRY COLLOSEUM
- WOLVERHAMPTON LITTLE CIVIC
- LIVERPOOL BARFLY
- YORK FIBBERS
- GLASGOW BARFLY