In October 2012, when Billy Baker, Jesse Duran-Crelin and Chelsea Moore united to form a band, the Woven Woods dynasty began. Since their initial interweaving, the band changed its name several times, undergone an artistic shift and played shows throughout the Boston area. Woven Woods’ first self-titled EP Woven Woods creates an angst-filled journey that effectively tackles the indie rock and alternative music realms.
The professionalism behind each track on Woven Woods shows the band’s advance grasp on today’s musical market. Woven Woods’ songs channel the spirit of hugely popular bands like Paramore, The Best Coast, and YellowCard, while still maintaining their own artistic identities. All four tracks on Woven Woods work lyrically, vocally and instrumentally so well that they could easily be placed on radio airwaves tomorrow and become hit records.
The songs “95” and “Trying to Find a Body” both draw on personal stories of lovers growing apart, but each of these tracks create different tones with their musical accompaniment. “Trying to Find a Body” uses less aggressive guitar and drum methods, so it sounds more reflective than angry, which works with the perspective of the song and singer. The point-of-view of the singer is someone who may miss their old relationship but has accepted the end of it. On the other hand, with “95” the point-of-view of the vocalist is someone still angry about the outcome of the romance, so the more aggressiveness of the instruments works within the frame of that single. With a Natalie Imbruglia or Sheryl Crow style, “Is Anyone There?” contains the deepest and most profound message on the EP with its development of tragic stories about lost souls, some haunted by their past with no hope for their future. It also contains the most carefully, tender vocals.
Instrumentally, “Is Anyone There?” offers the most variety with the softness of the drumming and guitar chords. However, whether Woven Woods goes all in rock hard or soft steps toward victory, all their musical arrangements work. They chose the best instrumental weapons to go with the emotional battles portrayed with their lyrics.
Overall, Woven Woods creates poetry with their words, power with their beats, and personality with their vocalists. It gives fans a glimpse of what the band can become. It’s both exhilarating and thought provoking. Woven Woods is definitely a band to watch out for in the future: hopefully they’re going to do big things.
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