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The Willow Collective formed in early 2010 and began writing and performing almost immediately. The band in its current form is comprised of brothers Obadiah (guitars, vocals) and Jacob (drums, vocals) Brown-Beach who made Seattle their home after living in several towns in the Midwest. The band also includes local guitarist Bryce Esses and Los Angeles transplant Lizzy Timpe on bass. Lizzy's husband Dave Peixoto currently draws all art for the Willow Collective.
The goal of the project was to forge a unique heavy rock sound, unafraid to embrace melody and explore dynamics. Drawing upon influences that include Opeth, Katatonia, Animals as Leaders, A Perfect Circle, Deftones, Soundgarden, Nirvana, and Tool, the Willow Collective seeks to combine heavy rock riffs and atmospheric swells with a thick layer of melodic vocals. Seattle artist Dave Peixoto has also begun work with the band to incorporate live digital painting and visuals in hopes of breathing new life into the art/rock scene in Seattle.
Their first full-length album release titled “Underground Sky Soaring Thunder” was recorded at the legendary Egg Studios with Conrad Uno (Presidents of the USA, Mudhoney, Fresh Young Fellows, etc.). The album has a vintage warmth to it—and an organic garage-like quality that one can only obtain while working with Conrad. Featured songs on the album include “March of the Troll,” “That One,” and “Believe.”
Between 2010 and 2013, the Willow Collective played many shows throughout Washington state with bands such as Metameric, Wide Eye Panic, Rishloo, Witchburn, SpaceWaster, Curse of the North, Woods of Ypres, Titans Eve, Key of Solomon, Buildings on the Moon, Light's on Why, Plaster, Hanzel Und Gretyl, Pill Brigade, Gebular, and many more.
The year 2014 finds Willow Collective on hiatus while their singer/guitarist pursues a master's degree in digital composition, located in Spain. They are steadily releasing tracks from a new EP entitled "Horizon Lost." Recorded and mixed entirely by the Willow Collective's Obadiah Brown-Beach (with band input, of course), the production process spread itself across the globe. "Horizon Lost" expands the depth and breadth of the sound of the band -- hitting harder, sinking deeper and soaring higher. "To infinity...and beyond!"