TWIRL RADIO FEATURED ARTIST MARCH 2007: WINZENRIED (aka HOLLYWOOD DRUNKS)
Review of Hooray
New Review by Mike Schmidt, Palm Beach Daily News, 12/15/04
Check out Mike's Letter to the Editor in February's Vanity Fair
When a talented guy moves from Ohio to L.A., it's a huge loss of innocence no matter
how much success, partying, or heart-stompings he experienced back home---
because none of it compares to the Indian--giving nut kickers he encounters in L.A.
But it's a warm, stimulating hell, so he stays. There's no pressure to go to church,
wake up early, or stop smoking weed, and there are lots of very talented escapees
from podunk towns--just like him--dying to do something creative.
So it for Eric Winzenried who left Kenton, OH for L.A. after a few years in
Chicago fronting "Not Praxis". His debut solo c.d. "Hooray" is a
scrumptious 1/2 oz. bag of freshly picked funked-up power pop, a celebration of
everything mentioned above, especially the nut-kickings. Being a talented comic
actor ("Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, the "Austin Powers" movies), Winzenried
can poke fun at pain where other pop stars can't with their overweening egos.
Unlike the doe eyed herd of EMO bands for whom heartbreak is a new, shocking
event, Winzenried has been through enough relationships and Ohio upbringing
to know how commonplace our rejections and disappointments can be. There's
not a whine to be heard on "Hooray, just plenty of knowing, ironic shrugs and
self-inflicted kicks....the stuff your best friend needs to stop crying over that girl
and start bar-hopping again.
Backed by a "crack" band and righteous guitarist/ producer Lloyd Stuart Casson,
"Hooray"is all the more enjoyable because of its originality. Winzenried draws on
many pop influences, but worships at none of their altars. He likes his funk, hip-hop,
arena rock, and songs that make young girls cry just like anyone else, but his pen
and voice are utterly his own. Trying to compare Winzenried to other songwriters
is pointless, and more beer won't help. After 6 or 7, you'll perhaps think of "Hooray"
as Ben Folds attitude with Rick James' backbeat, Maroon 5 tag-teaming Lil' Kim, or
Beck if he stopped speaking drivel and had the Beastie Boys ghost-write his lyrics.
But none of these comparisons cut it. Hop on this one before you forget what original
whine-free pop sounds like.
---Mike Schmidt, Palm Beach Daily News, 12/15/04
Eric Winzenried has a way with words. So stay with him while he tells tales of crystal meth smoking ex girlfriends, his ex wifes infidelity and the death of his sister. Although I'd steer clear of relationship advice from him.