Candice Maritato is the vocalist, main songwriter, and rhythm guitar player. Josue Vargas is the lead guitar player (the ultimate shredder) Gabriel Jean plays drums (a true monster), and John Peloso plays bass (another beast). My role in the band is basically managing everything when it comes to shows and such.
Woolbright is kind of my baby so I like to make sure everyone is on the same page which we always are because I have the best band mates in the world.
2. How did all of you meet?
All of us met through local shows and mutual friends who went to shows. John and Gabe met earlier in high school.
3. What first sparked your interest in music?
My step dad plays guitar. I used to pick at the top strings on the head stock of a guitar when I was around the age 5-6. He started giving my sister lessons and I would sneak in and watch them. It wasn't too long after til I started learning on my own. I started playing guitar at 8 and got my own guitar around 13.
In middle school I took a keyboard class and borrowed my neighbors keyboard for over a year. I've always loved music in general. Listening to Billy Talent, Paramore, and Say Anything really influenced me into wanting to write music on my own.
4. Is there a story behind the band’s name?
Not really. We had a list of names we wanted to name the band. Woolbright just seemed like the best fit for whatever reason.
5. How would you describe your local music scene?
I would describe our local music scene as very loyal. The same people will come see the same bands several times throughout the month no matter what. I haven't had much experience with other music scenes, but I'd say that ours is pretty awesome for doing that! With all the venues getting shut down it's been kind of tough doing shows in general but we have been able to manage keeping shows going on pretty frequently. I love our music scene! I've met all of my best friends through this scene.
6. You recently opened for Gouge Away at their record release show. What was that experience like?
Christina (vocalist of GA) is one of my best friends so just having our bands play a show together is always fun as hell! We were so honored to be picked to play on such an important day for them. I always feel so welcomed and safe at GA shows. All of our friends were there, some dressed as minions. Events leading up to that day were a little crazy since tour is later on in the month but that's pretty normal. We all had fun regardless.
7. You’re going on your first tour this spring with Insignificant Other. How did this tour come about? What have you done to prepare for it?
Yes we are! Sim and I have talked about doing weekenders for a while now so I figured why not just skip that and do a tour? I asked Sim in the beginning of the school year if they were interested in doing a spring tour during spring break. Luckily everyone was on board and was able to take the time off. We have released a three song "Spring Demo" specifically for this tour so we could have music that properly represents us. We also recently stocked up on merch. Aside from that we practice weekly and we have all the tour dates confirmed!
8. What can new listeners expect from your set?
I didn't realize until after we recorded the demo that our music is kind of aggressive which I'm pretty excited about! It's going to be four of us on stage playing some music. Hope new listeners are ready to get LIT.
9. You’ve just released a Spring Demo. What are some of the inspirations behind these songs?
Every song is very personal to me. They're all basically about my feelings towards certain situations and me going through the motions of those feelings ranging from family matters, relationships of any kind, depression, and witnessing addiction to people very close to me. I don't really want to go into too much detail about it currently but those are the general topics that have inspired me to write.
10. What is your writing and recording process usually like?
Writing normally happens out of nowhere for me. I normally write the outline of a song and then I show the guys. If they like it then we work on it and change what we need. I was recording on my own for a bit using garage band on my phone. Josue recorded a demo I released in September. If I write a song I usually immediately want to record and release it as a single track. For this Spring Demo we tracked with our friend Sebastian. It is the only music we have out that really represents our sound as a band currently. We tracked scratch guitar tracks, then drums, bass, guitars, and vocals last.
11. Do you currently have any plans to release a full length record?
We do. Hopefully by the end of the year we will have a full length out. Honestly I feel like that's pretty optimistic considering how particular we all are. We have a few more songs to write and a few we have to refine. Hopefully we can all be on the same page and get some songs together that we are all proud of enough to release.
12. What are some things you’d like to accomplish this year?
We are a new project so there are many things we have to look forward to as a band. Any opportunity to travel and play music would be ideal. I would love to play some kind of festival! Doing another tour would also be cool. Ultimately we are trying to write an album we are proud of and release it.
13. Is there anything else you’d like to share? (shows,merch,etc.)
There is a consent show coming up on March 19th at Underground Coffeehaus. This will be the second one being hosted by Christina from Gouge Away. Woolbright, Gouge Away, Insignificant Other, and Leftorium will be playing. This show is special because we spotlight the importance of consent. We go all out with
decorations and it's a lot of fun having craft parties making the decorations before the show.
Woolbright will also be playing The Barn Show on March 16th that will be hosted by Mikey Switz (Florence and Normadie.) You can find the event page on Facebook for more details on both of those shows.
Interview by: Lindsy Carr