Interview: Mum-Jean Rock Band Wynona Are Bringing Again the ’90s With Catchy Anthems & Carefree Appeal


Certainly one of our 2024 artists to look at, “mum-jean rock” band Wynona converse to Atwood Journal about their Stroll the Moon-related formation story, their ’90s “mainstream different” musical influences, and the tales behind their latest, irresistibly catchy singles!
Stream: “Sink or Swim” – Wynona


We attempt to prioritise melody, and to an extent lyrics, that instantly provide you with that fuzzy, acquainted feeling.

It’s protected to say we’ve fallen headfirst for Wynona and their seductive “mum-jean rock” sound.

The upbeat indie band based mostly out of Studying, England have been on a roll this yr, allotting a month-to-month stream of irresistibly catchy singles – every of which finds them shining their inside gentle out onto the world. By way of dreamy hooks and pastel melodies, cinematic guitars and dramatic drums, Wynona have us hooked, and we wouldn’t have it every other manner.

Wynona © Lachlan Chester
Wynona © Lachlan Chester

Comprised of Natalie Woodward and Richard Willats (along with guitarist/producer Adam Hailstone and drummer Kurt Phillips), Wynona unofficially started in 2018 and finally debuted their nostalgic and floral ‘90s “mainstream different”-inspired music in 2021. The band spent the following two years slowly introducing themselves and honing their artistry, main as much as final September’s Theo Verney-produced debut EP, Cut up Ends.

“The EP is de facto particular to us as a result of it feels prefer it completely captures the second we began to seek out our sound,” the band inform Atwood Journal. “The entire releases this yr have been actually knowledgeable by that lightbulb second, and we’d not have written any of this materials with out going by way of the transformative course of of constructing the EP.”

With their band title impressed by Winona Ryder (“she was an icon of a extra carefree period”), the English four-piece take their musical influences from such beloved acts as The Remedy, R.E.M, The Cranberries, and Crowded Home – teams that “completely stroll that excellent line between crucial acclaim, while nonetheless with the ability to contact an enormous viewers by way of their industrial success.”

“I feel we positively deliberately seek for that nostalgic heat after we write and produce our music,” Natalie Woodward says of Wynona’s heat, ’90s nostalgia-inducing tones. “It type of goes again to that concept of eager for a extra carefree, harmless time.”

Wynona © Lachlan Chester
Wynona © Lachlan Chester

There’s no denying the smile-inducing energy of Wynona’s music, particularly on the subject of their newer tunes.

2024 has to date seen the band dazzle the ears and energize the soul with the cathartic alt-rock anthem “Feeling for Edges,” the love-soaked Valentine’s Day reverie “Kiss Me, Kiss Me” (which premiered on Atwood Journal), the tender romantic daydream “Inform Me What Comes After,” and the spirited “Sink or Swim” – every of which enchants listeners by way of its personal curated array of radiant, emotionally-charged choruses and memorable, significant lyrics.

“We’re fascinated in regards to the mechanisms behind a very nice pop track,” Woodward smiles. “I feel we attempt to prioritise melody, and to an extent lyrics, that instantly provide you with that fuzzy, acquainted feeling.”

With their Might single set to drop any day now and no finish in sight to the month-to-month launch sequence, there’s by no means been a greater time to satisfy – and turn into an in a single day fan of – Studying’s Wynona. Get to know the band in our candid interview with Natalie Woodward and Richard Willats as they dive into their formation story, their musical influences, track inspirations, and what the long run has in retailer.

“We don’t wish to decelerate, or waste anytime, after being sat on so many songs that we love for years,” the pair share. “We’ve a treasure trove of lots of of demos on our non-public SoundCloud, and we wish to begin rolling out extra of those songs and sharing them with the world. Plainly it’s simpler than ever to launch music, however to truly get it heard is one other story… What issues most to us is that these songs exist on this planet.”

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Stream: ‘Feeling for Edges’ – Wynona

A CONVERSATION WITH WYNONA

Wynona © Lachlan Chester

Atwood Journal: Natalie and Wealthy, firstly thanks a lot on your time! Let’s begin from the start, lets? How did Wynona come about; what introduced you two collectively?

Wynona: We met in school and have been making music collectively since then! Wynona happened while we have been residing collectively in Osaka, Japan. The band Stroll The Moon have been within the metropolis for the SummerSonic competition they usually questioned in to a bar we have been acting at. Their tour supervisor, Blake O’Brien, a very great human being, imparted on us some type phrases of encouragement and advised we get again in to songwriting and Wynona was born!

What impressed your band title? Is Wynona somebody’s center title or favourite actress, or is there a deeper which means? And to that finish, what do you hope listeners consider after they hear the title “Wynona”?

Wynona: Winona Ryder! She embodied a lot of the spirit that we needed to encapsulate with the music. She was an icon of a extra carefree period, which occurred to be residence to a few of our favorite books, movies and music.

I do know we actually related on the high of 2024, however you’ve been releasing music for 3 entire years – main as much as final September’s debut EP, Cut up Ends! What are you able to inform me about that document? What continues to resonate and stand out for you?

Wynona: Cut up Ends is the one collective piece of labor we now have launched. We related with Theo Verney, who had combined some actually nice UK bands. The EP is de facto particular to us as a result of it feels prefer it completely captures the second we began to seek out our sound. The entire releases this yr have been actually knowledgeable by that lightbulb second, and we’d not have written any of this materials with out going by way of the transformative course of of constructing the EP.

To that finish, how do you are feeling Wynona as a band have already grown previously three years since your debut? What do you’re keen on most about who you might be – and the music you’re making – immediately?

Wynona: We predict the songwriting has continued to develop in a manner that we at all times hoped it could after we set out. In different methods, priorities and expectations have continued to vary, as we attempt to discover a wholesome strategy to handle releasing music alongside our personal relationship. In some ways, the unimaginable people who seemingly maintain getting drawn into the Wynona circle has been key to holding us on the correct path.

One factor that immediately drew me to you is your sound – it’s obtained this type of nostalgic ‘90s different heat that I discover completely irresistible. Your music jogs my memory of Dizzy-era Goo Goo Dolls, The Cranberries, Travis, Matchbox 20… the record goes on. From the place do you pull your inspirations?

Wynona: Wow thanks! I feel we positively deliberately seek for that nostalgic heat after we write and produce our music. It type of goes again to that concept of eager for a extra carefree, harmless time. I assume we’re pretty traditionalist within the association and construction of our songs and we’re fascinated in regards to the mechanisms behind a very nice pop track – taking a look at bands like The Remedy, R.E.M, The Cranberries and Crowded Home, who completely stroll that excellent line between crucial acclaim, while nonetheless with the ability to contact an enormous viewers by way of their industrial success.

You’ve described your sound as “mum-jean rock,” and what a world that conjures up! I’m curious to be taught extra about it: What does that title means to you?

Wynona: Ha! It type of began from enjoying with the concept of pop rock, type of poking enjoyable at our romanticising of music you’d most likely be extra prone to discover in your dad’s CD assortment! From there it morphed into mum-rock after which on to mum-jean rock. It’s pretty unserious, however we thought that it encapsulated our sound in a enjoyable manner.

You’ve talked about nostalgia earlier than and in press releases when describing your personal music… Do you suppose nostalgia performs a component in your personal inventive processes, or is it extra an after-effect of how we relate to and field collectively sure sounds?

Wynona: That’s an awesome query, I feel it’s completely there from the start of the creation course of. Nostalgia is usually baked into the manufacturing, utilizing analog and classic gear and emulation, however there’s something a couple of easy melody and chord development on a guitar or piano that may equally really feel nostalgic.

I feel we attempt to prioritise melody, and to an extent lyrics, that instantly provide you with that fuzzy, acquainted feeling.

Do we expect the ‘90s are making a comeback, some 30 years on?

Wynona: It seems like it’s to an extent, which is logical on condition that the ’80s loved a comeback all through the final decade. However the way in which that we eat media now has modified a lot, that it seems like there’s ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s revivals all occurring directly, throughout so many little pockets on the web.

Nostalgia apart, what are the three phrases you’ll use to explain Wynona’s music?

Wynona: Sincere, Floral, Anthemic

Wynona © Lachlan Chester
Wynona © Lachlan Chester

Natalie, your vocals are completely enchanting; your skill to combine and mingle conversational with emotional tones actually helps make every track really feel particular. Who’re a few of your vocal “icons,” and what’s your strategy to singing?

Wynona: Awww, thanks a lot! Rising up Debbie Harry, Hayley Williams, Karen O and Imogen Heap have been actually formative artists for me and private icons. We’d often eat a lot of our music by way of music channels again then, so there iconic picture was simply as impactful. Extra lately Chrissy Hyde and Harriett Wheeler have turn into a few of my go to singers for inspiration.

I’ve been singing for a very very long time, however wanting again I realise that it has taken me some time to mould my voice right into a candy spot the place I’ve come to get pleasure from the way in which that I specific my vocals, in Wynona.

One other defining side is the guitars and results you’re using. Can we nerd out for a second and discuss what pedals and guitars you play with, which are supplying you with tones like those heard on “Inform Me What Comes After” and “Feeling for Edges”?

Wynona: “Inform Me What Comes After” was primarily achieved by operating layers of acoustic and 12 string guitars by way of a Juno refrain pedal, giving some modulation to the clear acoustic tones, making it really feel extra artificial, which fits the 80s leaning vibe of the track. There may be additionally a Danelectro, in Nashville tuning, layered in there for some further jangle!

“Feeling For Edges” tones all got here from Adam on guitar. For this, he ran his Fender JazzMaster by way of The Large Timber by Audio Kitchen pedal that was within the studio. That gave us precisely the tone we have been reaching for within the demo of the track and we beloved the way it ended up.

I’ve alluded to this earlier, however I’m completely enthralled by the music you’ve put out this yr. In case you’ll indulge me, are you able to briefly stroll me by way of the 4 songs you’ve launched up to now, and what every one means to you – beginning with “Feeling for Edges,” then “Kiss Me, Kiss Me,” “Inform Me What Comes After,” and “Sink or Swim”?

Wynona: “Feeling For Edges” was really a deep minimize for us, written across the identical time as our debut single in 2020. We have been sharing some previous demos forwards and backwards with Adam, and he instantly heard one thing within the track, and breathed new life into an previous concept. Lyrically it had the identical aspect of uncertainty and transit that our debut launch had, as we have been always on the transfer again then, residing in 5 totally different locations within the span of slightly below three years.

“Kiss Me, Kiss Me” was written in the direction of the top of that time period the place we have been always on the transfer. Earlier than we lastly settled in our residence, our gear was in packing containers and we didn’t have something resembling a studio, so we put collectively the bones of the demo utilizing probably the most primary gear we had like our laptop computer microphones and iPhone memo app. The track was constructed from the verse acoustic guitar riff, which was the point of interest of the association, however finally took a again seat to different parts that have been launched later. It instantly grabbed us from a melodic viewpoint, and felt prefer it belonged on the soundtrack of a 00’s rom-com!

“Inform Me What Comes After” was a track that was getting an awesome response each time we performed it stay. It appeared that folks have been actually drawn to the vitality of this one and so I feel we realised that we had one thing particular. It felt like a slight stray from our regular sound right into a extra ’80s territory, which was thrilling and a course we’d be eager to revisit in future songs.

“Sink Or Swim” got here round as we have been recording the Cut up Ends EP, really simply earlier than we went into the studio. It was a product of that ‘touchdown on a sound’ that happened round this time. In a manner, it type of shaped the blueprint for the remainder of the music we’d go on to jot down, and shall be releasing this yr.

Past after they have been launched, do these tracks all really feel related, for you? Is there any overarching story that brings all of them collectively?

Wynona: Sure, I feel they felt like they sonically shared the identical universe and have been extra cohesive than something we had completed earlier than. It’s most likely quite a bit to do with our track making course of maturing, as we saved writing.

One thing I really like most about Wynona songs are that all of them really feel just like the soundtrack to life’s particular moments. When do you suppose is the perfect time to pop on a Wynona track?

Wynona: Thanks! That’s so type. I feel we actually go well with these private, and personal particular moments. The quiet ones that perhaps don’t get as a lot fanfare, however are tremendous necessary. I feel we’re a headphones on type of band, the place you’ll be able to relaxation your head in opposition to the bus, or practice, window and take a second of reflection for your self.

Wynona © Lachlan Chester
Wynona © Lachlan Chester

With 4 tracks launched, you’ve technically already obtained sufficient materials for an EP. What’s on Wynona’s horizons, and what can followers look ahead to within the months to return?

Wynona: Our plan is to maintain releasing! We goal to launch round one track a month this yr. We don’t wish to decelerate, or waste anytime, after being sat on so many songs that we love for years. We’ve a treasure trove of lots of of demos on our non-public Soundcloud and we wish to begin rolling out extra of those songs and sharing them with the world. Plainly it’s simpler than ever to launch music, however to truly get it heard is one other story…. What issues most to us is that these songs exist on this planet.

Since nostalgia is such a powerful a part of your music, I’m curious: What are among the songs in your go-to “nostalgia” playlist? Who’re you throwing it again to once you’re within the temper for a time warp down reminiscence lane?

Wynona: The Seashore Boys, The Beatles, R.E.M, Crowded Home, Fleetwood Mac, Tears For Fears, The Pretenders, The Lovely South – so many of those bands have been current in are early years by way of our dad and mom enjoying their information.

Lastly, within the spirit of paying it ahead, who’re you listening to nowadays that you’d advocate to our readers?

Wynona: Wunderhorse, Lizzie Esau, Platoon, The Beths, Wishy, Ada Lea, Wednesday, Rat Boys, Flyte… There are actually too many to call. We’ve a playlist of all of the stuff we now have been listening to these days, if persons are !

 

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