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We Are The Woods is a vital and stark declaration. It also happens to be true. We are an underground system of roots and tunnels. We are the love you feel for no reason and cannot name. We are the friends that only you could see as a child. We have your back everywhere you go.
The core of We Are The Woods is a family of three: Marcia Webb, Tyler Beckwith, and Jessie Murphy (special guests and visiting friends help make live shows the most dopely magical they can be). Jessie and Marcia (voices, guitar, keyboards, woodwinds) are two midwives of music and revelry that know how to get a party started in a medieval, throw down the gauntlet kind of way. Tyler (drums and percussion) is a charming, disarming, stone cold servant of the beat and the beat is always well pleased.
We Are The Woods hail from Lancaster, PA where they learned to cow whisper and Rumspringa with the best of them. All three went on to college and flourished like hot tomatoes in a green house, with the exception of Jessie’s one year at Berklee where she laid waste to her courses, earning F’s in music technology and arranging, and A’s in Mass Ave slumming and digging the Blues.
Marcia and Jessie teamed up officially while studying witchcraft and wizardry at Columbia University, but Tyler wasn’t far behind having already mastered a number of super powerful spells from ruling the runes at Penn.
When they are together they make a lot of esoteric jokes about the frailties of human biology that only people age 8 and younger can hope to understand or derive any benefit from.
Thankfully the music they make together has proved to be a genuine soul elixir and have rejuvenating effects for most people. For this, We Are The Woods, thanks their Moms, Dads, and Buddy Guy, Led Zeppelin, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and the Fleet Foxes.
We Are The Woods employ unique multi-instrumental and vocal abilities to create sweet genre-bending sounds. Combining Simon and Garfunkle-like harmonies with the wild horse spirit (and mane) of Robert Plant; they invoke the evocative lyrical precision of Emily Dickinson.
WRTW just finished recording a new album, Whales and Roses, with producer Jeremy Sklarsky (producer of Freelance Whales debut album Weathervanes) at Threshold Recording Studios in NYC. All three of them agree that it is the best damned thing they have ever done. They can’t wait for the world to give it hugs.
"Sufjan Stevens in heels."
“One listen to "Eight Belles" proves that music is timeless. The beautiful songs and musical arrangements rival some of Pentangle's best work, but still feel fresh and contemporary. Give it a listen and you will be charmed."
-Edward Rogers, Atlantic Tunnel, East Village Radio
“...unique folk pop... heartbreaking lyrics, and haunting melodies.”
"You'll have a hard time not falling in love with [The Woods] from New York who make you fall in love with them from the first note."
“...one of those albums that will be in heavy rotation for awhile. "Tour de Force" topped our picks for 2010 with its sick drum beats, flute and crazy lyrics... Jessie Murphy's delivery is gentle and sometimes hauntingly beautiful.”
“…nu-folk fans will have a ball!”
“Eight Belles” is an unexpected delight. The Woods have put together a delightful album that would appear to only scratch the surface of their talents.
-Banner Graphic, Indiana
“Childhood nostalgia strolls through Eight Belles…Bright pop pieces, like “When I Am a Horse Again” and “Tour de Force,” have a brisk, positive sheen, but dig deeper and there is indirect darkness that pierces the songs’ surface sunshine.”