Woolbright are Florida’s emo/indie, FEST playing, Death Cab For Cutie covering band of 2018. Having released their debut record Busybody Lazybones via Whelmed Records in 2017, the split with friends in winded has come as a fresh start to 2018. In the same vein as Charly Bliss, Japanese Breakfast and Sheer Mag, Woolbright are soulful and full of light. While it’s agreeable that Death Cab For Cutie’s song “Passenger” might be the saddest song of all time, Woolbright bring a longing and prowess to the track. Their original track, “23”, is a personal, heartfelt story to singer Candace Maritato while winded’s original song “Crossed Wire” is about Dissociative Disorder.
“I can barely play ’23’ without crying. The holidays have never been a joyful time for me or my sister for a number of reasons. Through every shitty situation we had each other. Not having her around makes it all feel so much emptier. I know I’m not the only person out there that feels this way and I’m sorry. You’re not alone and I wish you peace.”
The emotional pull with “23” and “Crossed Wire” are a big deal with both Maritato and Catherine Vianale of winded. The track is solemn, acoustic croon reminiscent of Feist and Cat Power.
“I struggle with dissociative/depersonalization disorder and this track reflects the internal narrative I have with myself when I become extremely detached from the world,” Vianale said. “‘Crossed Wire’ was really fun to write and it was a very quick writing process. I sent the track to my friend David Settle, who fronts the Tallahassee post-punk group Big Heet and he wrote and performed the lead guitar part for the song. His addition to the track seriously makes it for me, and I know it would be lacking were it not for his contribution to it.”
All proceeds from the split will go to The Hispanic Federation to give relief to Puerto Rico.
“I was driving to work one morning and could feel this cloud of energy around me,” Maritato said. “I realized the holidays were coming up. It was time to let out some demons. I absolutely love everything [winded] writes. I knew I wanted to release this with her the moment it came to mind.”