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Spooky Woods casts haunting spell

July 30, 2013


July 30--Triangle indie-folk supergroup Spooky Woods will make its local debut on Sunday with a gig at Carolina Beach's Ocean Grill. The date is a make-up of the June 6 show at the OG that was swept away by the threat of Tropical Storm Andrea.

Spooky Woods made its debut in January and hasn't played out a great deal, but the band has gotten enough buzz up Raleigh-way to be selected for the esteemed Hopscotch Music Festival in September.

According to a description of the band on the Hopscotch site, its sound "meet(s) somewhere in the middle of pop, folk, jazz and rock with beguiling lyricism and versatile musicianship. This is sophisticated stuff, though it's not exclusionary; there's a sense of wonder to the songs that draws you in, a sort of haunting spell that's suited to the group's name."

Aside from its sound, the buzz around Spooky Woods emanates from its high-profile members. Singer and guitarist Skylar Gudasz has turned heads in the past with her tuneful lo-fi outfit The Ugly Girls, and the bassist Casey Toll, whose mother is Wilmington artist Pam Toll, plays in the burgeoning folk rock band Mount Moriah.

Guitarist Jeff Crawford and drummer James Wallace are partners in the Chapel Hill recording studio Arbor Ridge, and have worked with a who's who of names in the Triangle music scene.

- John Staton


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