The perfect Meet The Band for the weekend.. Michael Rey and The Woebegones. Without a doubt, one of the most talented bands to come out of the new sounds of Southern California. The scope of the music is amazing, it’s a trip through the history of rock, from rockabilly , surf, psych, garage and all built from a foundation of the blues. It takes a Band to impress me, and I can hear all of them working together to make a sound you have not heard before and that is not an easy thing to accomplish. I don’t care much for who is on the current hype of the minute list, what I’m looking for is a Band that has some staying power. Like the 1st time I heard The Talking Heads in 79 , you just knew they were going to be around for awhile. That’s what I feel when I listen to Michael Rey and The Woebegones. Listen to these tunes today, Michael Rey and The Woebegones is a Band that you will be hearing a lot more from, love it all, great stuff.
Hi our name is….Michael Rey and The Woebegones
People say we sound like…..To be honest I’m not sure what people say we sound like. I can say I am heavily influenced by the blues, and all the branches created as a result of that movement. Its a funny thing, once you dive deep into the blues you hear it in everything.
We are…My name is Michael Rey, I write, sing and play guitar. The band consists of some of my favorite people. Justine Brown plays bass for us. Some of you might know her from playing drums in the sister duo Summer Twins. Rob Rozema is the man on the keys, one of my best friends. We’ve been playing in bands together for the last 10 years give or take. Daniel Flores our man behind the drums, keepin time and looking fine. 3 of my closest confidants.
We are originally from…..All of us are from the IE a huge piece of land that occupies most of Southern California, sort of this endless suburbia.
Who are some that have an influence on your sound?
The music is a reflection of me. It is based off of my life experiences, and the sounds I surround myself with on a daily bases. Which is hard for some fans to grasp. We wont be the same group the next time you see us. My music is constantly moving. I am always learning, and applying new ideas to every new song, or show. I can say if my music was a religion and just like every religion needing some sort of holy transcript to shape the minds of future followers, a big portion of that book would be dedicated to the Beatles.
The first time we all decided to get together and make some music… The group started almost 4 years ago now. We started playing with Justine in the band about 2 years ago. That’s when the group really started to lock in, buckle down, and take things a bit more serious.
Books we recommend …I love Bukowski I know its an easy go to. I’m also a fan of the beat writers which is sort of a natural progression to Bukowski, i would imagine. I can only speak for myself.
Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the album ready? I have a very long writing process that never ends. Not to say new songs are far between. The bin is full of at least 10 songs constantly. As I finish 1 the other 10 are waiting for their turn.
I don’t think I will ever complete a full length. I like to work within EPs. All thriller no filler.
Our craziest gig ever was….
We’ve never had anything too crazy happen. I can say our funnest show to date was a house party we played in Santa Cruz recently. Usually it takes the crowd a whole set to finally decide they like us or not, it may be shyness, or unfamiliarity with the band, who knows. But in Santa Cruz the kids vibed from get go. The whole room was moving. I mean it was a house show, for sure everyone was there to party.
If you could pick any time to travel back to for music, where would you go and what year would it be….
I would have to time hop. One of my biggest influences which is spread through out the musical family tree, is the blues. It’s in every decade, disguised by all kinds of names. I want to be in the pockets of all those sub genres.
Growing up ,at home we listened to…..
The first music I fell in love with on my own was Ska, two tone ska. I was in middle school. Before that the lowrider oldies my father listened to when I had no choice. The rhythm of both those influences are embedded deep in my bones.
What tunes are on heavy rotation for you…
Shin Joong Hyun has been on repeat for me. South Korean sing songwriter composer from the 60’s in to the 70’s, I believe. Super funky, in a garage rock n roll sort of way. Something you’d probably find on a Quentin Tarantino film.
If you could open for any Band right now who would that be and why?
The Rolling Stones haha they might be old but if your opening up for the stones that’s still pretty fucking cool.
If you could give any advise to the kids who are just picking up their 1st guitars or drum sets and want to be in a rock n roll band , what’s your advise?
Jimi Hendrix played his guitar every free moment available. The benefits of love come from the dedication put into it.
When you are touring and have some time off , where could we find you..
If I’m not playing or writing, I’m at a show. I’m truly a fan first. If it’s during the day… most likely you found me at a thrift store. The hunt for gems in addicting.
The one thing we want you to remember while your listening to us
The name is the Woe Be Gones! Haha people have difficulty with that word for some odd reason.
listen to these killer tunes….