Photo of Woolbright by C&I Studios
Last month, Florida band Woolbright released Busybody Lazybones via Whelmed Records which was followed with an East Coast tour. I got the chance to ask the band some questions about Florida’s music scene, their influences, and that tour, so enjoy getting to know them in our interview below!
For those who are still getting familiar with Woolbright, what are your names and what do you play in the band?
Candice Maritato: I play guitar and sing.
John Peloso: Bass
Josue Vargas: Guitar
Gabriel Jean: Drums
How and when did you become a band?
Candice: I started up Woolbright as a “solo” project for a brief moment in time in June of 2015 and started practicing and performing as a full band in September of 2015. We all know each other through the scene/former bands that we all were in. John and Gabe know each other from high school.
What’s it like being apart of Southern Florida’s music scene?
Candice: Being a part of South Florida music scene has been a huge joy for me. I’ve met most of my closest and best friends through this community. I’ve also met some of the most talented musicians in this scene! Just like any other place everything has it’s ups and downs.. But all around I am proud to be a part of this community!
Who are some of your favorite artists who are also from the area?
Candice: Gouge Away and winded are no longer mainly from south florida.. But I’m going to pretend like they are! We all grew up here and they are definitely some of my favorites! Alongside with Florence and Normandie, Henrietta, Letters to Part, Boston Marriage, Josue Vargas, and Lautlos.
John: Henrietta, Florence and Normandie, and Gouge Away
What’s been your favorite show you’ve played so far?
Candice: That’s really hard to choose considering there have been so many great ones! Any other time I would have mentioned some date on the tour we just did but after this last weekend I want to say it’s a tie between our album release show and Pulp Fest. Both shows were stacked with our favorite Florida bands! It felt like a family reunion for a lot of us.
John: Our CD release show
What was the creative process like for writing Busybody Lazybones?
Candice: Get sad, write music.
John: It was really fun to record. Getting to mess around with different sounds and blending all of our musical styles.
Do you have a favorite track from the album? If so, which one and why?
Candice: What’s It Gonna Be is definitely one of my favorites. I brought that song to everyone as just an idea, not the whole song was written. We wrote the ending of it just as a jam and fell in love with it so we kept it. I feel like this song really highlights everyone strengths and it’s just super fun to play!
John: Air. Because loud.
Were there any artists you listened to a lot during the writing process? Or any musical influences that you turned to for inspiration?
Candice: Mmm.. More than likely in the time period I was listening to a lot of From Indian Lakes, Incubus, Motion City Soundtrack, Paper Rival, Death Cab for Cutie, Hiatus Kaiyote, Tom Misch, RLUMR, and Tancred.
John: I listened to a lot of Town Portal. Their bass tone is a major influence for me.
How would you describe your last tour in 3 words?
Candice: PARTY CITY BABY.
John: Cats. x3
Best and worst things you ate on the road?
Best: This green tomato vegan sandwich/mac&cheese from Market On South
Worst: Can’t really think of one
Best: Pizza and mozzarella sticks in Hartford.
Worst: Chicago pizza
If you could create a dream tour package for Woolbright to be apart of, what would the lineup be?
Candice: OH CRAP there are so many bands I’d love to tour with. A dream tour package… Incubus, Paramore, Gouge Away, Julien Baker.
John: Incubus and Town Portal
Where do you see Woolbright going from here? Any big plans to close out the year?
Candice: I see us putting out a lot more music, getting on bigger festivals, and doing some live sessions! We have some ideas and things in the works currently so fingers crossed! We are actually going to be playing FEST on October 28th in Gainesville. Our biggest goals for 2017 was to put out a full length and play a festival and so far we accomplished those goals! It is very possible that we might release more music before 2017 is over… Guess we will all see!
John: I just want to keep touring. I’m excited to play FEST and write more music.