AGAINST THE GRAIN: Woodlock have embraced electronic beats on their new single Something Broke That Day. WOODLOCK have spent countless hours busking on Bourke Street, hoping to convince office workers to stopmomentarily throughtheir sweet harmonies and acoustic tunes.
Unsurprisingly the horror which unfolded in Melbourne’s CBD last Friday shook the indie-folk three-piece to their core. One madman’s rampage in his vehicle claimed the lives of five pedestriansand injured more than 30, causing an outpouring of grief.
“We found out about that while it was happening,” Woodlock vocalistEzeWalters said.“We’re partof a busking forum, so all of us buskers on Bourke Street can work together and organise times.
“When we were driving to Adelaide and my brother [Zech] was like,‘Dude check out what’s going on’. There was all this messaging on the page from people checking if everyone was OK. It’s weird because things like that don’t happen in Australia.
“We felt really bad. At our Adelaide and Melbourne shows we made everyone quiet and had a bit of a prayer for the families and people affected because it’s just horrible and you don’t expect that.”
Woodlock – Something Broke That DayWoodlock aren’tyour typical indie band. The Walters brothers are devout christians who grew up in New Zealand travelling around due to their father’s work as a pastor. The brothers were home-schooled until they were 16 and have completedmission work in Uganda.
Their songs also originate from unique sources.The latest single Something Broke That Day was inspired by the comic The Sandman. In the storytheSandman’s obsession and anger towards an unrequitedlove, causes him tobanish herto hell.
“I didn’t realise how weird our upbringing was until I was 16 years old and I did my last few years in a normal school,” Walters said. “The good part about it was my mum was a musician and she wrote her own album when we were kids, so our whole family is very musical and it’s our whole way of hanging out together.
“It was an awesome upbringing, I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”
Since the release of their first EP Lemons in 2013, Woodlock have slowly built their fan base through the album Labour Of Love (2014) and EP Sirens(2015). Something Broke That Day signals a move away from their traditional acoustic sound for more electronic beats and greater production.
Walters said fans can expect that stylistic change on their forthcoming second album later this year.
“We’re been experimenting with lots of different noises and sounds and ideas and Something That Broke That Day is something we’re really proud of and we’ll continue writing stuff like that,” he said.“Maybe not so dark, but around that sort of style.”
Woodlock play the Small Ballroom on February 4.