Raleigh, North Carolina’s WOOL has just released the new single “Stars” with a full-length album scheduled for late summer, 2014.
The appropriately titled song is celestial dream pop that owes a debt not only to British shoegaze, but to U.S. acts Built to Spill, Mercury Rev and Sunny Day Real Estate.
Of penning “Stars” (and material for the band, in general), lead singer and main songwriter Troy Brian Hancock states: “It felt like this huge empty void I had been feeling was finally being filled, which is what led me to keep writing songs…and eventually record.” He began the project that would become WOOL in 2012 and the band now features Raymond Finn (drums), Zack Oden (lead guitar) and Johnny Hobbs (bass, keyboards).
After building a name within the local Raleigh scene and touring the American east coast, WOOL released their debut EP, Delta, late in 2013. The four tracks that comprise the EP address vast (and often barren) landscapes and the obscured internal geography of the individual.
“I feel that my experiences with really struggling and sometimes questioning who I am as an individual eventually got me to a place where I'm confident in myself, in my musical style,” says Hancock. “I do feel like that those themes of self doubt do show up in some of my songs.”
Find out more at wooltheband.bandcamp.com