Will Wood and the Tapeworms are a five-piece experimental rock outfit based out of northern New Jersey, lead by singer/songwriter and pianist Will Wood, who Came Up entirely out of nowhere some time in 2015
When we listened to our first dose of Will Wood and the Tapeworms via youtube we must admit our faces almost exploded we were smiling so much. It is so refreshing to discover a new band that go beyond playing mundane rock. This eccentric group of talented performers take music to a whole new level, combining theater, drama and stage performance to create a brand new form of fantastically energized music.
Armed with cleverly-crafted and surreal anti-folk songs, Wood assembled a group of performers and began crashing around New Jersey covered in face paint and confetti. Unusual instrumentation, foreign scales, and highly theatrical performances give Will Wood and the Tapeworms a unique and hard-to-define voice. Will Wood and the Tapeworms dress up in drag and bowties, barrel around the stage hollering at the top of their lungs, and unpredictably swing from collapsing to their knees to collapsing into each others arms. And while the Tapeworms pump up audiences, Will Wood entertains with shockingly honest comedy and personal anecdotes about his life as a true eccentric. They regularly perform on the NJ/NY indie scene and plan to begin national touring soon.
On August 19th, Will Wood and the Tapeworms debuted their twisted and powerful concept album front-to-back to a jam-packed full house at NJ’s famous Mexicali Live, where fans painted each other’s faces, crowd surfed, and threw flowers around the intimate venue, shocking the locals alongside powerhouse NJ-based acts Super Snake, Cicada Radio, Red Hymn, and Jean Pool.
The highly-anticipated album release show was a prime example of why Dying Scene called getting up front at a Will Wood and the Tapeworms show, “a dangerous decision,” and had NJ.com calling them a“masterful mess,” after they opened for international punk outfit Gogol Bordello at Starland Ballroom in March. Violent, intense, colorful and chaotic- yet somehow still sentimental and human all at once. Will Wood and the Tapeworms present “Self-ish,” a powerful new record that will almost certainly be talked about for a long, long time.