Woozy Share “Venom” on Stereogum + Announce Full Length Debut “Blistered” via Community Records/Exploding In Sound‏

August 20, 2015
Ben Davis

Ben Davis

New Orleans’ Woozy Share “Venom” on Stereogum

Full Length Debut “Blistered” Due Out October 16th

October Tour Dates with Two Inch Astronaut and Ratboys

Exploding In Sound and Community Records are thrilled to team up for the co-release of Blistered, the full length debut from New Orleans’ Woozy. After a pair of EPs, singles, splits, and a compilation of the band’s earliest material, the long awaited Blistered will be released on October 16th. Woozy, comprised of Kara Stafford (guitar/vocals), John St. Cyr (guitar/vocals) and Ian Paine-Jesam (drums/percussion) have evolved their sound on the album, pushing the trio’s experimental “rock music” into new territory while remaining true to their intricate melodies and introspective lyricism. Blending gorgeous songwriting with heavy and extreme dynamic shifts, the band’s dual lead vocals and guitars challenge natural pop tendencies to create something that avoids easy genre categorization. Elements of indie rock, first wave emo, slowcore, post-punk, art rock, anti-folk, sludge, post-harcore and pure unadulterated pop all swirl together under the demanding beauty of Stafford and St. Cyr’s harmonies. Fidgeting in every direction that the band describe as the sound of a “introspective singer/songwriter brain in a frankenstein body.” There’s a comfort to be found in Woozy’s uncomfortableness, as the trio set out to “help turn “overthinking what you said to the barista while you were looking for change” into an art form.”

Stereogum are sharing the album’s first single “Venom,” an undeniably catchy song led by Stafford and St. Cyr’s swirling harmonies and brilliant song structures. Their voices combine with an incredible clarity and unique chemistry. Every line is delivered with as much heart-wrenching passion as musical ambition.

Speaking about “Venom,” St. Cyr said, “This song is basically about shit-talking, exploring toxic relationships that form within tight-knit communities (specifically music scenes). In particular, the tendency of people in these communities to in one second condemn and in the next ask for help from their peers. The line “wrap yourself in paisley and white images you’ll croon tonight” refers to some of the questionable morals (namely misogyny) that people get away with by singing them in a pretty song.”

“The pretty packaging is still there (and, boy, is this song gorgeously laid out) but, instead, they’re calling out the bullshit of the scene and asking for respect.” – Stereogum


“Freshman Slump” Tour Dates:

10/01 – Birmingham, AL @ Desert Island Supply Co. w/ Velouria
10/02 – Nashville, TN @ Stone Fox w/ Idle Bloom, Watcher
10/03 – Knoxville, TN w/ Lions
10/06 – Richmond, VA w/ Sundials, Ostraca
10/07 – Washington, DC @ Above The Bayou w/ Two Inch Astronaut, Swings
10/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA w/ Two Inch Astronaut, Lithuania, Clique
10/09 – Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium (w/ Two Inch Astronaut, Leapling, Very Fresh
10/10 – Boston, MA @ Out Of The Blue (w/ Palehound, Pile’s Rick Maguire
10/11 – Purchase, NY w/ Palehound
10/12 – Chester, NY @ Elephant Graveyard
10/13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The People’s Warehouse w/ One Hundred Year Sleep, Skull Kid
10/14 – Akron, OH @ Fool Mansion w/ Setsuna, Alaska, Forever Losing Sleep
10/15 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Milhouse w/ The Reptilian
10/16 – Grand Rapids, MI w/ Ratboys, Odd Dates
10/17 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean w/ Ratboys, Coaster, Churchkey
10/18 – Davenport, IA @ Uncle Stu’s w/ Ratboys
10/19 – Ames, IA w/ Ratboys
10/20 – Kansas City, MO @ Records With Merritt w/ Ratboys
10/22 – Little Rock, AR w/ Ratboys
10/23-24 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa (Community Records Block Party)
10/29 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder w/ Ex-Breathers, Gnarwhal
10/31 – Gainesville, FL @ The Fest

Blistered (October 16th, 2015)
Community Records/Exploding In Sound

Track List:

1. Venom [stream/embed]
2. Clouds Rush In
3. Painted White
4. Old Growth
5. Gilding The Lily
6. Christmas Club
7. Distance
8. The Lurch
9. Another Way Out
10. Fade Like A Sigh

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