Woody Whatever was created by then 18 year old Dayton, Ohio native Erik Schmall in 2001 with the release of the Roar EP on Cincinnati-based Ionik Records (voted one of the best releases of 2001 by indieville.com). Inspired by the local lo-fi bands Guided by Voices and Swearing at Motorists, Schmall learned to prolifically write catchy pop tunes in his bedroom 4 track studio. One year and four albums later, he moved to Athens, Ohio to attend Ohio University and Jeremy Schmall joined Woody Whatever as lead poet, immediately resulting in the EP Hiding From the Bomb-Shelter. With a rotating cast of musicians and sporadic live performances, Woody Whatever slowly crafted its sound through 2003 and 2004 releasing When I Lost I Left and Liquor Stores on Blank Stares on the Toronto DIY label Blod Records.
By now, Schmall began experimenting with electro-pop, trading in live drums for drum machines and adding an array of synths to his songs the result of which is The Great Pop LP. A year and a half in the making, it is the most ambitious Woody Whatever project to date. With a reformed band line-up that consists of Erik Schmall (now 22) on guitar and vocals, older brother Jeremy Schmall as lead poet, fellow Dayton native Tom Huffman on bass, guitar, and keyboards, and D.C. native Michael DJ Barticus Bart on drum programming, Woody Whatever will be touring in support of The Great Pop following its release March 1, 2005 on Ionik Records .
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We are on the wonderfully independant Ionik Records (see ionikrecords.com) and have also recently launched our own label (see woodywhatever.com/agriculture). Please come and see us at our message board!