Way Out West (group)

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This article is about the progressive house duo. For the Australian jazz group, see Way Out West (jazz group).
Way Out West
Origin Bristol, England
Genres
Years active 1994–present
Labels Deconstruction Records, Distinctive Records, Hope Recordings
Website http://www.wayoutwestmusic.co.uk
Members Jody Wisternoff
Nick Warren

Way Out West are an English electronic music duo consisting of producers Jody Wisternoff and Nick Warren. They rose to fame in the 1990s with chart hit "The Gift", and have since released four albums.

History[edit]

Originally named Echo, the name Way Out West was coined after one of their remixes. They have produced and performed together for more than sixteen years. They released their eponymous debut in 1997; the album spawned the singles "Blue" (a reinterpretation of the theme from the film Withnail and I), "Domination", "Ajare", and the UK top 15 hit, "The Gift"[1] (which sampled Joanna Law's cover version of "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face").

The release of their second album Intensify in 2001[2] was marked by a move from the defunct Deconstruction Records label to Distinctive Records, and a change in their sound, from club instrumentals and sampled vocals to a mixture of club tracks and original songs. Singles from the album included "Mindcircus", which reached #39 in the UK Singles Chart,[1] and the worldwide club hit "Intensify". "Activity" from this release also appeared in the 2001 PlayStation 2 game Kinetica[3] and Paul van Dyks album The Politics of Dancing.

The duo released their third full-length album in 2004, entitled Don't Look Now, featuring the vocalist Omi on several tracks. Their song "Don't Forget Me" has been featured in season two of Grey's Anatomy, "Melt" appeared in The O.C. as well as the season 2 episode "Bones of Contention" for the series "Numb3rs", and their song "The Gift" is used for the title theme on the MTV show True Life. The instrumental version of their song "Just Like A Man" has appeared on season 3, episode 8 of CSI: Miami.[4] The song "Anything But You" was featured in the video game Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07. The song "Killa" was featured the video game Juiced.[5]

In 2008, Way Out West contributed the song "Evelina" to the Survival International charity album, Songs for Survival.

The duo's fourth album, We Love Machine, was released on 5 October 2009. The song "Only Love" featuring Jonathan Mendelsohn on vocals (the album marks their first collaboration with a male vocalist) was the first single off the album, released on 31 August 2009, followed by "Future Perfect" on 7 December. The album was released on Hope Recordings.

In April 2010, Deconstruction Records re-released "The Gift" together with remixes by Logistics, Gui Boratto, Tek-One and Michael Woods; Way Out West also recorded a new remix. In May 2010 We Love Machine - The Remixes was released via Hope Recordings for download only. The release featured remixes from producers such as Scuba, Henry Saiz, Jaytech and D. Ramirez.

Live performances[edit]

In support of their third album Don't Look Now in 2003 & 2004, the duo expanded from their DJ roots to a full fledged 6 piece touring collective, playing at festivals such as Glastonbury 2004, Creamfields, and The Glade. The band had supported Faithless on their Australian tour in October 2004, and embarked on their own tour in the US in May and November 2004.

2003 members[edit]

  • Jody Wisternoff - keyboards, synths, samples, programming
  • Nick Warren - onstage engineering
  • Adam Pickard (engineer for The Orb, The String Cheese Incident) - drums, percussion

2004 members[edit]

  • Jody Wisternoff - keyboards, synths, samples, programming
  • Nick Warren - onstage engineering, bass (freelance)
  • Omi (Emma Everett) - vocals
  • Adam Pickard (engineer for The Orb, The String Cheese Incident) - guitars (regular touring dates) drums, percussion (freelance)
  • Joe Allen (Massive Attack**, Alison Moyet, Groove Armada) - bass
  • Damon Reece (Massive Attack**, The Orb, Spiritualized, Echo & the Bunnymen, Lupine Howl.[6][7] - drums, percussion

** - Both of the members are absent from the band due to touring commitments with English trip hop group Massive Attack.

2005 members[edit]

Due to the band's DJ set commitments in 2005, Way Out West had stripped their live membership from 6 to 3 (4 if with vocalist)

  • Jody Wisternoff - keyboards, synths, samples, programming
  • Nick Warren - onstage engineering
  • Omi (Emma Everett) - vocals
  • Adam Pickard (engineer for The Orb, The String Cheese Incident) - drums, percussion

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Way Out West (1997) - UK #42
  • Intensify (2001) - UK #61
  • Don't Look Now (2004)
  • We Love Machine (2009)
  • We Love Machine - The Remixes (2010)

Singles[edit]

  • Non-album singles:
  • "Montana" (1994)
  • "Shoot" (1994)
  • From Way Out West:
  • "Ajare" (1994) - UK #52
  • "Domination" (1996) - UK #38
  • "The Gift" (1996) - UK #15
  • "Blue" (1997) - UK #41
  • "Ajare" (remix) (1997) - UK #36
  • Intensify (2001):
  • "The Fall" (2000) - UK #61
  • "UB Devoid" (EP) (2000)
  • "Intensify" (2001) - UK #46
  • "Mindcircus" (2002) - UK #39
  • "Stealth" (2002) - UK #67
  • Non-album single:
  • "Muthaf**ka" (2003)
  • Don't Look Now (2004):
  • "Killa" (2003)
  • "Anything But You" (2003)
  • "Don't Forget Me" (2004)
  • Non-album singles:
  • "Wonka" (2007) - promo only
  • "Spaceman (EP) (2008)
  • We Love Machine (2009):
  • "Only Love" (EP) (September 2009)
  • "Future Perfect" (web only release) (December 2009)
  • Non-album single:
  • "The Gift 2010" (web re-release with new remixes) (2010)
  • "Tuesday Maybe" (web only release) (February 2016)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 594. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Way Out West – Intensify". Discogs. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "SCEA Announces Kinetica Soundtrack". IGN. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 
  4. ^ Just Like A Man on CSI: Miami, YouTube video
  5. ^ "Juiced". Giant Bomb. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 
  6. ^ Lupine Howl at Allmusic
  7. ^ Reverberation at Allmusic

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