Woodlock

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Woodlock
Woodlock - Melbourne band during performance.jpg
Woodlock performing at the Queen Victoria Market in September 2015
Background information
OriginYarrawonga, Victoria
Genres
Years active2011–present
Associated actsThe Paper Kites, Boy & Bear, The Temper Trap
Websitewww.woodlock.com.au
MembersZechariah Walters
Ezekiel Walters
Bowen Purcell

Woodlock are a Melbourne-based acoustic/folk band who gained popularity by busking the streets of rural and capital cities. As of current, the group have released three independent EPs. Woodlock consists of three members: brothers Zechariah "Zech" (guitar & vocals) & Ezekiel "Eze" (guitar & vocals) Walters and Bowen Purcell (percussion).[1]

History[edit]

While travelling overseas, New Zealand brother Zech and Eze Walters met Australian-born Bowen Purcell. After relocating to Purcell's home of Australia, Woodlock was born. Following the formation of the band, the trio spent several private sessions writing songs and rehearsing, before planning to visit several towns and cities to busk. The three purchased a caravan, painted it and began traveling up and down the east coast of Australia to perform their music on the streets.[2] They captivated crowds with their "energetic" and "creative" performances, the band found themselves in Airlock Studios in early 2014 to record their first EP: Lemons. This release featured five original songs and was produced by Australian producer/engineer Wayne Connolly.[3] Follow the independent release of their first EP, the band received media attention, and soon made appearances on BalconyTV and Triple J.

Woodlock became regular buskers in the CBD of Melbourne, appearing largely in Bourke Street. In early 2014, the band returned to the studio with Connolly to record their second EP, Labour of Love. Their second CD featured seven original tracks, and charted on both iTunes and the ARIA Top 100 Charts. The trio continued to busk in the city, working their new material in with the old, and beginning to cover new songs to expand their repertoire. To celebrate selling over 25,000 EPs independently, the band launched a country wide tour, selling out shows in several locations, including Melbourne and Brisbane.

2015 saw the band tour the East Coast as a support act for The Pierce Brothers [4] as well as busking between shows. It was announced via social media on June 17 that the band had returned to the studio with Andy Mak to begin work on their third EP.[5] In August, Woodlock announced their new EP Sirens and released the title track of the same name as a single. Along with this release, the band announced a country-wide Australian tour (with support at selected shows from fellow local bands) that would take place from October to December.[6]

In June 2016, the band announced that in the following month they would release a new single. Australian music website Tone Deaf premiered 'The Only Ones' a day before its initial release, deeming it 'a distinct move away from the acoustic folk that’s been their bread-and-butter up to this point, bringing instead a more electronic influence of pop synths, thumping drums and melancholy atmospherics.'.[7] The song was released on iTunes on July 15, coupled with the announcement of 'The Only Ones Tour' that consisted of three dates in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.[8]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
ARIA Top 100 iTunes Aus
Lemons
  • Released: 23 March 2013
  • Label: Independent
  • Format: CD, digital download
- 77[9]
Labour of Love
  • Released: 16 May 2014
  • Label: Independent
  • Format: CD, digital download
97[10] 17[11]
Sirens
  • Released: 18 September 2015[12]
  • Label: Independent
  • Format: CD, digital download
- 61[13]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album
2014 My Throne[14] Labour of Love
2015 Sirens Sirens
2016 The Only Ones[15] TBA
Last Train to Clarkesville
Something Broke That Day

References[edit]

  1. ^ Woodlock Music - Page Info Facebook.com Retrieved 25 June 2015
  2. ^ Woodlock Bio Triple J - Unearthed. Retrieved 25 June 2015
  3. ^ Woodlock - Lemons Bandcamp. Retrieved 25 June 2015
  4. ^ Last busk before touring with the Pierce Brothers Facebook. Retrieved 25 June 2015
  5. ^ Beginning work on new EP Twitter. Retrieved 25 June 2015
  6. ^ Sirens Tour announcement. Woodlock, Facebook. Retrieved 5 September 2015
  7. ^ Staff (14 July 2016). "Premier: Woodlock have made the leap from acoustic folk to moody synth pop". Tone Deaf. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  8. ^ 'The Only Ones' Tour Dates Woodlock, Facebook. Accessed 16 July 2016
  9. ^ Woodlock - Lemons iTunes Charts. Retrieved 25 June 2015
  10. ^ ARIA Chartifacts ARIACharts.com - 24 May 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2015
  11. ^ Woodlock - Labour of Love iTunes Charts. Retrieved 25 June 2015
  12. ^ Woodlock - Sirens - EP, iTunes. Retrieved 2 Sept 2015
  13. ^ Woodlock - 'Sirens - EP' iTunesCharts.net . Retrieved September 22, 2015
  14. ^ Woodlock - My Throne - Single iTunes. Retrieved 25 June 2015
  15. ^ The Only Ones - Woodlock iTunes.com.au. Accessed 16 July 2016

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