Buckle your seat belts, WOOZE‘s music is a thrill ride of curious noise that’s sure to set them apart. The dynamic duo, an offshoot of infectious capital-based act Screaming Peaches, are eccentric to the core, with a mind-expanding sound that channels Berlin-era Bowie.
The experimental London newcomers are yet to unveil any recorded music, but the slew of unreleased tracks we’ve wrapped our ears around are a vibrant mix of fellow Londoners Artificial Pleasure, Everything Everything and the current crop of psychsmiths who hail Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker as God. Ahead of supporting HIDDEN HERD favourites Flyte tonight at London’s Scala, we caught up with WOOZE to get the lowdown on their winning formula.
You’ve not yet released anything, but what we’ve heard sounds brilliant. How have the tracks come together?
“We spent a lot of this year just messing around in the studio we built inside our guardian property in Brixton. So all of our songs followed a similar formula of us jamming until we had a vague structure then taking it to our computers and piling on vocals, bass, keys etc. until it was all done. It’s all been a very quick process.”
How did WOOZE start out?
“We were in the same band until it went on a hiatus and during this year (and the tail end of last year) we’ve also been playing in lots of our friends’ bands too. While that was going on, we started a side project called The Rock Casual which was us just writing, recording and then making a music video for a song within a 24-hour period. They all were pastiching a particular genre, like nu metal, that we were taking the piss out of but also thoroughly enjoying – straddling the line between sincerity and caricature. That was very seamless, so we figured we would do it for something a bit more serious and so we made this band.”
What inspired your name?
“I had it written down in one of my notebooks – it’s a kind of anglicisation of the Korean word for “outer space” – 우주.”
Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?
“The Kinks, Primus, Led Zeppelin, Gary Numan and Pleasure Complex.”
Any other new bands that you’ve played with and would recommend?
“Pleasure Complex are the best live band I’ve seen in a long long time. Grace Lightman has amazing, highly considered but also accessible songs. Will Sin for Love also – Jess Winter is an incredible frontwoman!”
And finally, what does 2017 hold for WOOZE?
“We’re playing one of our first shows in the next week at Scala supporting Flyte, and then going into the studio with our producer in October. We aren’t going to release anything this year, but are going to give out limited download codes at every show we play so people can wrap their heads around our songs in the meantime.”