The Willowz released their third album, Chautauqua, on Dim Mak Records last month. I feel guilty admitting that I've only now given the album a complete listen-through, but boy am I glad that I did! It's their best album to date, laden with tightly controlled songs coupled with their signature raw, rock 'n' roll sound. I'm not sure how they do it, but they've miraculously made a classic '60s style rock sound modern and original. I mean, sure, they may all look like they walked out of a Woodstock film -- note lead singer Richie Follin's ever-growing locks and newly grown mustache and Jessica Reynoza's unending amount of '60s dresses -- but their music is anything but stale and antiquated. It was particularly cute watching French people dance to their music during a scene from "Science Of Sleep."
Anyway, if you haven't heard this album yet, hear some of it on their MySpace page and judge for yourself. Here's their video for my favorite song on the new album, "Jubilee." The Willowz play at the Mercury Lounge Wednesday, April 25th.