|Genres||Psychedelic rock, garage rock|
|Associated acts||On Trial, Dragontears, Spids Nøgenhat, The Setting Son|
|Past members||Fuzz Daddy aka. Rocco Woodrose
Baby Woodrose is a rock band formed in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2001. They take their name from the Argyreia nervosa, a plant commonly known as Hawaiian baby woodrose, which can be used for hallucinogenic effects.
Early Years (2001-2002)
Baby Woodrose was started in 2001 by Uffe Lorenzen, later known under the alias Lorenzo Woodrose. Initially Baby Woodrose was a personal side-project for Lorenzo Woodrose, who was still drummer and song writer in On Trial then. Lorenzo recorded Baby Woodrose's first album Blows Your Mind by himself on Pan Records (re-released by Bad Afro in 2003). Later on he decided to take the project to the next level and contacted 'The Moody Guru' (Riky Woodrose, bassist) and 'Fuzz Daddy' (Rocco Woodrose, drummer).
As a power trio they recorded several more albums, the first of which was Money for Soul, released on Bad Afro in 2003. The album catapulted Baby Woodrose into public recognition in Denmark, receiving considerable airplay, and 2003 became a turning point. They won the P3 Award in 2003, the main award in Denmark's largest music award show. The show was broadcast live on national television in Denmark, and during their live musical performance, they were joined on stage by Danish beat music icon Peter Belli. Following the quick success of Baby Woodrose, Lorenzo quit On Trial in 2003, after 17 years in the band. They released a live record of their performance on Gutter Island Garage Rock Festival, Live at Gutter Island later in 2003.
In 2004, Baby Woodrose played the opening show on the main stage of Roskilde Festival, Denmarks largest music festival. They closed the stage again three days later, playing the final show under the title "An Evening with Baby Woodrose". Same year they were nominated for the Danish Music Awards in 2004, which they didn't win however. They also released Dropout!, which was an album of cover songs by other artists, such as The Savages and 13th Floor Elevators in 2004.
2006 saw the release of the follow-up studio album with the band's own songs, after their breakthrough. The album Love Comes Down was released on Playground Music Scandinavia, as the only collaboration between Baby Woodrose and a larger record label (Lorenzo later bought the master tapes back, to re-release Love Comes Down on Bad Afro).
The mainstream media's interest was not as massive as earlier, but Baby Woodrose had attracted a following in the psychedelic underground, and continued to tour and release records. Theres was some changes in the band's lineup during the following years, and Lorenzo Woodrose lent himself to various side-projects, such as Dragontears and The Setting Son. He also played a few reuinion concerts with an older side-project, Spids Nøgenhat (the Danish name for the psilocybin mushroom 'liberty cap', Psilocybe semilanceata), one of which were to spark a renewed interest for Baby Woodrose.
Renewed Interest (2011-)
Lorenzo Woodrose performed with Spids Nøgenhat, an old side-project brought back to life, on Roskilde Festival 2011. The Spids Nøgenhat project was very little known, but the show at Roskilde Festival, which took place at 02:00 AM, became a big hit. The small stage was packed with audience, who kept chanting the chorus of the last song "Er vi de sidste her på jorden?" for hours after the show.
This led to a renewed interest in Baby Woodrose's music, reflected in the number of audience showing up for concerts in Copenhagen. In 2012 the album Third Eye Surgery was released, displaying a more space rock type sound from the band, which was well received among critics and fans.
Some years after joining, Moody Guru and Fuzz Daddy both left Baby Woodrose. Kåre Joenson replaced Moody Guru on the bass, and for some time, Johan Lei-Gellett replaced Fuzz Daddy on drums with Adam Olsson joining on guitar. Johan Lei-Gellett and Adam Olsson (both of the surf band, The Good The Bad) were later replaced by Hans Beck (drums) and Mads Saaby (guitar), resulting in the current lineup:
- Lorenzo Woodrose: Lead guitar, lead vocals.
- Kåre Joensen: Bass, vocals.
- Mads Saaby: Guitar, vocals.
- Hans Beck: Drums.
- "Blows Your Mind!" / Pan Records (CD – 2001)
- "Blows Your Mind!" / Animal Records (LP – 2002)
- "Never Coming Back b/w Flash On You" / Bad Afro (7" single – 2002)
- "Double Six b/w That’s How Strong" / Pan Records (7" single – 2002)
- "Don’t Look Back" / Ewing Records (split single with The Defectors – 2002)
- "Blows Your Mind!" / Bad Afro (CD – 2003)
- "Disconnected b/w Too Far Gone" / Bad Afro (7" single – 2003)
- "Carrie b/w Too Far Gone" / Bad Afro (CD single – 2003)
- "Money For Soul" / Bad Afro ( CD/LP – 2003)
- "Live At Gutter Island" / Bad Afro (LP – 2003)
- "Nok Af Dig b/w Det Du Ka’ Li" / Bad Afro (7" single with Peter Belli – 2004)
- "Dropout!" / Bad Afro (CD/LP – 2004)
- "Hold It!" / Bad Afro (split single with Sweatmaster – 2004)
- "No Other Girl b/w Live Wire" / Playground Records (7" single – 2006)
- "Love Comes Down" / Playground Records (CD/LP -2006)
- "Chasing Rainbows" / Bad Afro (CD/LP – 2007)
- "I’m Gonna Make You Mine b/w Information Overload" / Crusher Records (7" single – 2008)
- "Let Yourself Go b/w A Good Day To Die" / Longfellowdeeds (7" single – 2008)
- "Here Today Gone Tomorrow" / Bad Afro (split single with Dollhouse – 2008)
- "Coming Around Again b/w I Feel High" / Bad Afro (7" single – 2008)
- "Baby Woodrose" / Bad Afro (CD/LP - 2009)
- "No Mas b/w Making My Time" / Sound Effect Records (7" single – 2009)
- "Countdown To Breakdown b/w Long Way Down" / Fat People Records (7" single - 2010)
- "Love Comes Down" / Bad Afro (CD/LP – 2011)
- "Take It b/w I Need" / Get Hip (7" single 2011)
- "Mindblowing Seeds & Disconnected Flowers" / Bad Afro (LP/CD 2011)
- "Third Eye Surgery" / Bad Afro (LP/CD – 2012)
- http://www.dr.dk/DRPresse/Artikler/2003/12/04/Seks+fik+P3+Guld++og+Baby+Woodrose+tog+topprisen.htm Press announcement from P3, April 12, 2003.
- http://www.prog-sphere.com/2011/03/03/baby-woodrose/ An interview with Lorenzo Woodrose on Prog Sphere
- http://roskilde-festival.dk/dk/band/singleband/an-evening-with-baby-woodrose/ Roskilde Festival's programme, 2004
- http://www.discogs.com/Baby-Woodrose-Dropout/master/321463 Dropout! on Discogs.com
- http://gaffa.dk/anmeldelse/58519 Third Eye Surgery review in Gaffa, April 16, 2012
- This article is partially translated from the Spanish Wikipedia article of December 23rd 2009