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The WoWz are a three-piece miscellaneous band from New York City who comb (and combine) the eternal color of Hank Williams Sr. with the perverse humor of David Berman and the improbable harmonies of Beatles For Sale. They've just released their first LP, Long Grain Rights, on Recommended If You Like Records. Recorded in early 2004 at Balloon Heaven, an appalling dump of a Bensonhurst basement that has likewise captured the sounds of Adam Green, Herman Dune and Jeffrey Lewis, Long Grain Rights plays like a fermented solution of powdered sugar and baking soda - a compound as addictive as picking your scalp.
After completing the album, Sam Grossman (guitar, bass, vocals), Simon Beins (guitars, vocals) and Johnny Dydo (drums, vocals on occasion) sought out the next basement they could find: Johnny's Pop's laundry room in Yonkers. There, inspired by sawdust and commuters' fury, they've 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.
Meanwhile, lacking adequate transportation, the WoWz have played frequent acoustic sets all over NYC, wooing audiences at venues like Pete's Candy Store, Artland and the Sidewalk Cafe - thus generating enjoyably small amounts of confusion when they plug in.
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. The EP 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, will we understand what that name of theirs means.
Why We're Antifolk:
Sam: Because New York hasn't the time to hear us blubber.
Simon: Because Phil Ochs is dead.
Johnny: Because things are kinda crazy right now.
"The Wowz are kind of like a coked-up youth group sing-along; the duo [sic] plays hyperchirpy, manic songs with ecstatic titles like 'Nothin' Would Be Better' and 'Happy Today.' Watch out, though - their cheery outlook (ironic or not) is contagious." - Time Out New York
The Wowz "recreate '60s pop ala the Monkees and the Searchers, but without anything resembling vocals that are on key [sic]." - Village Voice