With their instantly recognisable sound and vibrant yellow aesthetic, WOOZE are a sonic and visual feast designed to woo both senses.
Debut EP ’what’s on your mind?’ – out now on Young Poet Records – is the culmination of their fiercely original work to date: four distinctive alt-pop tunes that mark out Theo Spark and Jamie She as two of the UK’s most exciting creative forces.
Before the British/Korean duo bring their incredible live show to Hidden Herd Festival 2019 at Brighton’s Patterns on Saturday 13th July, we caught up with the band to get the latest.
How would you describe WOOZE to a stranger?
Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?
Theo Spark (vocals/guitar): “My biggest influence is probably Jamie She (vocals/drums) at the moment and he’s been one of my greatest inspirations in the past decade generally. We met primarily as mutual fans so it’s been a ball working with each other. Why? I like his style of songwriting and lyricism.”
Jamie She (vocals/drums): “The Beatles.”
What was the best gig you’ve played so far?
“It will be our EP launch tonight (14th May) at Tamesis Dock – tickets now available through all reputable sites.”
You’re based in South London – what’s your local music scene like?
“We live by the Windmill so have played with a lot of other local bands and artists – they’re all great.”
Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?
“Pleasure Complex – best guitar band in London
Show Boy – best pop artist in the underground scene
Pelicandy – we saw them when we played Hidden Herd Festival 2018 and they were our faves”
You’ve just been announced for Hidden Herd Festival 2019 in July – which other bands are you most looking forward to seeing on the day?
“We’re looking forward to seeing Anteros, LUCIA and MarthaGunn – we’ve heard good things about them from our friends so will be good to put music to faces.”
And finally, what does the rest of 2019 hold for WOOZE?
“Our first EP ‘what’s on your mind?’ just came out (3rd May) and since we’ve had Live at Leeds, Liverpool Sound City, Paris, Guildford Boileroom, The Great Escape, Our EP launch at Tamesis Dock, Brixton Windmill, Southampton Loft and then Reading Purple Turtle all in the first 3 weeks of May.”
WOOZE play Hidden Herd Festival 2019 at Brighton’s Patterns on Saturday 13th July alongside KAWALA, BLOXX, Anteros, LUCIA, Annabel Allum, Sick Joy, CHILDCARE, Chappaqua Wrestling, Saltwater Sun, MarthaGunn, Hot Dreams, Circe, Youth Sector and more. Super Early Bird tickets are sold out, but Early Bird tickets are now available via DICE.