ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Music: The Windsor Oaks Band
Promising alternative group The Windsor Oaks Band spawns from Cary, North Carolina. Produced by Steven Haigler, who has worked with The Pixies, Sugar, Clutch, and The Connells, the band’s second album Take a Chance was released in early March of 2013.
The album has a college-radio alternative feel, with story lines involving perseverance, heartbreak, and the pursuit of every day happiness. The group celebrated the album’s release with a sold-out performance at the Pour House in Raleigh, North Carolina on March 1st. The talented group also recently released a music video for their single Touch the Sky.
The Windsor Oaks Band has been actively touring all over the East Coast for the past 3 years. With a sound that is comparable to mid-90’s acts such as the Foo Fighters, Buffalo Tom, or Weezer, they are positioned as one of the state’s rising alternative acts. Actually, when lead vocalist Shane Smith disclosed his listening preference he said, “I really like the ‘Foo Fighters’ a lot.”
Shane Smith and drummer Alex Shepherd grew up in a neighborhood called Windsor Oaks in the outskirts of Cary, North Carolina, between Kildaire Farm Road and Penny Road. The band’s name was established when Smith and Shepherd partnered with guitarist and vocalist Brandon Scott Mclean. Smith said, “We wanted to pay tribute to where it all started. But, after years of touring we’re excited about the new album and ready to extend our fan base nationwide.”
Mclean comes off as the unapologetic extrovert of the group. He is spontaneous, and it’s not uncommon to see him individually engage the crowd in a sing along during live acts. Smith is very cordial and meticulous about the band’s direction. The dynamic between the two offers a good balance of professionalism and entertainment.
Dave Rose, President of Deep South Entertainment said, “Windsor Oaks Band is one of those rare ‘really has their act together’ bands. They are talented, hardworking, and creative. We will be hearing a lot more from them in the future.”
You do get the feeling that this is just the beginning for the band. As a rock band goes, they come off as totally unpretentious and possess a high-energy, easy-to-digest sound. Daveylove of the Modern Problems Radio Show said, “The Windsor Oaks Band album ‘Take a Chance’ is a must have with its soulful lyrics and its electrifying rock sound you can’t miss.”
Their new album is available now on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/album/take-a-chance/id606971090
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Cover image courtesy of Curtis Brown Photography