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Please come out and check the kids out live. See for yer self why Flagpole calls their new album, White Women, "a bombastic masterpiece."

April 11th at the Somber Reptile, WCW will be performing as part of the big Scuss show celebrating the release of Our Heat (Your Moisture) on Scuss Media. The compilation will feature an unrealeased WCW track.

WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS finished recording their brand new album @ Neil Fried's place recently. Are they productive or what - it hasn't even been a year since White Women came out...
So, WCW's second ShoeString Records release should be in stores in the early summer!!! (like, July...)

If you're interested to set up an interview or whatnot, please do let us know ASAP - we would love to do it.


William Carlos Williams-White Women

Atlanta's William Carlos Williams is a group whose musical output defies easy categorization. Avant-garde only hints at the influences of the band - which include rock, freeform jazz, and fusion. Like the modernist American poet from whom the band took its name, William Carlos Williams is prolific, original and creative. And, after two short releases on the Brave Scout label, William Carlos Williams presents their debut full-length release, White Women, on Atlanta's new ShoeString Records.

Formed by musicians whose backgrounds range from jazz to death metal, William Carlos Williams meld their diverse styles into a whole sound which is greater than the sum of its parts. The band was founded in 1995 by saxophonist Rob Mallard (ex-60 cycle Hum and The Golden Sparkle band), bassist Andrew Burnes (ex-bassist for The Gold Sparkle Band and Barel), guitarists Rob Perham (ex-Bunnieslope) and Wes Daniel (ex-Steamboat), and drummer Stewart Voegtlin (who previously played in several death metal bands). William Carlos Williams made Mallard's Studio 204 their regular practice space, and it is there, in the heart of Atlanta s Cabbagetown neighborhood, that the band found its musical direction.

The name of the band's debut album, White Women, is a shout out to what Mallard calls, "a group of people who mean an inexplicable amount to us and our music." Mallard also adds: "Our's is not an album meant to make you feel happy, just feel good - catharsis for us, catharsis for you. Music exists primarily through its powers as a healing force. It has the ability to take people to a place where they may see inside themselves, be at peace and chuckle in spite of it. Albums are also something cool for the child in us to bring to show and tell. Listen to the track "The Shame of Man" and see if you can avoid feeling the depth of the sorrow expressed in this simple song. Or take the energetic rabble in "Stuck In Traffic" as we address the pitiful tragedy that life can be as epitomized by rush hour after rush hour and the fact that some relish that time as their time alone."

White Women was recorded by Mallard on an 8 track analog tape in his Studio 204. It features twelve diverse tracks, some mixed by Mallard at Studio 204, and some by Shachar Oren at Casino Studio. For the making of these recordings, the band was joined by their friends Eugene Chadbourne, Coleman Lewis (of Smoke), Danette Haser (of Pineal Ventana),Scott Herren (of Delarosa and Seely), Michael Murphy, Casey Reeves, Manuel Domingo, Molly Baroco, Jason Wagoner, Rodney Mills, Michael Weil and Michael Lindsey.

The band regularly tours the Southeast and the East coast (including packing the house at The Knitting Factory in NYC), and will be touring in support of the White Women, their debut release.


William Carlos Williams
White Women
Catalog Number: SHO 4551


Track listing:
1. As The Hen Ages... (3:31)
2. Old As Trains (5:48)
3. The Firmest Pillar Of Good Government (7:22)
4. Town And Country Seeds (3:42)
5. Ru End (5:47)
6. The Shame Of Man (6:15)
7. Every Woman's An Exploding Rose (4:44)
8. And You're Stuck In Traffic While Your Piano's Home Having Cocktails With The Termites (12:55)
9. Alive With Gymnicmarvels (2:11)
10. The Vast Canvas From End To End (9:09)
11. Song For The Crossing (7:32)
12. Salt Pillar, Lest You Be Destroyed (3:36)

William Carlos Williams are:
Rob Parham - Vocals, guitar
Wes Daniel - Vocals, guitar
Stewart Voegtlin - Vocals, drums
Andrew Burnes - Vocals, bass, piano
Rob Mallard - Vocals, tenor, alto, bass clarinet, flute, harmonica, bells

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What critics say about WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS:

"In WCWs world, shit happens. To Wit: A Mike Watt-like guitar figure hits the ground running, then Billy Cobham-style drumming obliterates the tempo but sets the tone: Chaos, catharsis.... Next song... makes its dirgy little mess smack between P.J. Harvey and the Birthday Party.... Then they slow down again. Later, they speed up..." David Tindall OPTION (Jan./Feb. 1998)

"This is a rich and entertaining slice of recording - something along the lines of Camper Van Beethoven meeting Mark Ribot and Captain Beefheart... and emotive tunefulness thrown in to hover above (or happily below) pedantry... one of the more intriguing rock oriented records Ive come across in a while... You should find it too." Chesley H. SOUND VIEWS (NYC, Dec. 1997)

"It's fitting that WCW takes its name from one of the most distinctive and unpredictable American artists of this century... This CD... is a must for sound junkies who cannot get enough stunning cutting-edge sound into their skulls." Johnny Bannon EYE (NC Dec. 1997) {4-1/2 eyes}

"WCW is part and parcel of the singular incongruous glory of Atlantas intown music scene... bringing all sorts of influences to bear on a sound that should alert the interest of any connoisseur of jazz and rock." Thomas Peake CREATIVE LOAFING (GA Dec. 27, 1997)

"(White Women is) A bombastic masterpiece that owes as much to punk rock as it does to free jazz." FLAGPOLE

"These crafty bastards have some mighty strange ideas up their sleeves... In an age when music seems all about playing it safe, a band that takes this many creative risks is cool by me." INSITE

"A mischievous hard-core jazz combo of equal parts Painkiller shudder, Masada cool, and Caspar Brotzmann clang." STOMP & STAMMER

"Almost painfully loud, but sweet like cake, this is musical terrorism with a smile." THE IMPROVISOR 97


If you would like to purchase William Carlos Williams' latest album you have two options:

  1. Send $13 ($18 outside of the USA) to the address below
    ShoeString Records
    P.O. Box 8952
    Atlanta, GA
  2. Or buy it from CDNow

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