Woodgrove, The NRIs
1811 14th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20009
"Singing songs about ghosts and dead gods with a little too much poppy falsetto and nowhere near enough fuzz." That's how the Virginia-based band describes their sound. Loud and heavy, but with dynamic shifts that lead into a world of groove and ambiance. Woodgrove came into being, as did the genre ’Paxil Pop,’ after a long summer of introspection in 2016. After a number of solo shows, Virginia native Jared Hall (guitar/vox) was joined by Max (drums), Logan Leverett (guitar), and Jake Wentzel (bass) to move the band forward in a much heavier and all-encompassing direction. While Hall still plays solo shows with nothing but his suitcase drum, guitar, and voice, the full band has become the prime directive for the group. Basing their entire venture out of the Northern Virginia metro area of DC, the band has had a firsthand view of the changing social landscape. Focusing on a blend of ambience and groove, on polarizing songwriting and introspection, the four-piece welcomed the chaos that was 2017 by trying their best to play music as a coping mechanism.
They released their debut EP 'squintyoureyesandseegod' on April 21, 2018
Although the band takes its name from leader Nayan Bhula's status as an Indian who does not live in India, The NRIs are 8 diverse individuals who each bring something unique to their collective sound.
The NRIs' 5th EP, "An Echo for Each One of Us," showcases the band's willingness to push boundaries. This is their first recording with a new drummer and a permanent horn section, and the overall sound strains defiantly against the edges of the band's folk-pop categorization. It is also the first EP in the band's catalog to include 6 songs, rather than 5. The 6th song, "Like I'm Flying," was written for an independent documentary film of the same name. Titled with a nod to the work of Hermann Hesse, the record explores the echoes and waves of human experience