BAND OF THE WEEK: The Woolly Bushmen

The Woolly Bushmen (photo by Dan Tantrum)

Every week at Orlando Music News, the site highlights a local band. A good local band. This week, The Woolly Bushmen, winners of “Best New Band” in this year’s OMNi Awards poll.

The Woolly Bushmen are playing Will’s Pub on Sunday, Sept. 18 as part of  the”Surf Rock Sunday” multi-venue extravaganza

Just the facts:

When formed:

Well our memory is a bit hazy, but The Woolly Bushmen as we know it now, formed some time in January.

Band members’ names & instruments:

  • Jacob Miller on bass, guitar and backing vocals
  • Julian Palombi on drums and vocals and arguing
  • Simon Palombi on guitar organ and lead vocals

As a side note, Julian also wanted to say that his primary job in the band is to be good looking.

Currently available releases:

Here Cometh the Woolly Bushmen



Upcoming Shows:

  • September 18th at Wills Pub for Surf Rock Sunday
  • September 24th in Sarasota (location unknown at the moment)
  • October 22nd at the Crowbar in Tampa.

Describe your sound:

Five words is way too many to describe our sound. The best we can do is “Garage-a-Billy.”

Five Questions:

1) What has been your most memorable show so far?

Well most of our shows have been equally memorable, so we can’t really say what our most memorable show was. However, we can tell you what our least memorable show was. It was the second show we ever played. It was at a crummy coffee shop near UCF that shall remain nameless. We drank a fifth of whisky and have very little memory of playing the show, but we do know for certain that it was a catastrophe.

2) Which local band is your favorite one to play a show with?

We can’t name just one favorite, so we’ll name three.  Goodrich & the Die Tryin’s, Wet Nurse, and Zap Dragon & The Attack.

3) What description gets used for your band that you would most like to correct people on? Why?

Well, we haven’t really had many problems with the way people describe us. However, one person told us that we sound like the Arctic Monkeys. That Just doesn’t sit well with us.

4) What’s your favorite thing about being an Orlando band? What’s your least favorite?

As we dug ourselves deeper into the Orlando music scene, we have developed some pretty strong opinions on the scene in general.  Before anything, we would like to say that EVERYBODY that we have encountered in this scene has been extremely supportive and helpful to us. We have never seen this in any other music scene that we have come across. For that we want to say thank you to everybody that has supported us and helped us out in any way. We especially want to say thanks to all of the member of Goodrich & the Die Tryin’s and all of the people that associate themselves with that band in any way. We don’t know where we would be right now without you guys. Now the problems that we have with the Orlando music scene are mainly just personal opinions. The main problem that we see is the fact that the scene is so clique-y. The other thing is that the bands that actually have talent don’t get nearly the amount of respect and attention that they deserve. That brings us to our final problem. Now the three of us love underground music, but we can all agree there are way too many mediocre bands that are getting way more attention than they deserve and they put down many of the other bands that should be receiving  the credit. We feel that the only way this scene will be successful is if bands work together.

5) Any big news to share?

We just got a ping pong table.  Also, Julian is single!


One response to “BAND OF THE WEEK: The Woolly Bushmen

  1. Loved the concert. /wish I could be at the next one.

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