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MOWZ is:

Vanessa Penn: Lyricist, Vocalist
Thomas Limper: Guitars, Keys, Programming
Robert Conley: Bass, Keys, Programming

The howl of a lone coyote across the midnight plain, the sobbing of the last drunk at the bar, the crack of a pistol echoing through the sky; it is images like these that provide thematic inspiration to the band. Formed in early 2009, MOWZ is a union of long time friends from the California Bay Area who set out to create a blend of eerie, desolate landscapes, pulsing grooves, and vocal lines that are both haunting and meaningful. MOWZ has musically been influenced by artists from Portishead and DJ Premier to film composers such as Enio Morricone and Angelo Badalamenti to form their own brand of beat-driven music that they have come to refer to as “Cowboy Trip-Hop”. Joining tremolo-laden spaghetti western guitars to ambient textures and bass-ridden beats, the music strikes a balance between harmony and dissonance as it supports singer/lyricist Vanessa Penn’s melodic vocals and intricate word play.

While working together at a Santa Rosa, CA specialty video store, Rob approached Thomas with the root of an idea, at that point consisting only of a name: MOWZ. From the start, a primary focus of the band was the integration of the electronic music expertise brought by Thomas with the groove-oriented, “in-the-pocket” bass techniques of Rob. The catalyst for the endeavor, however, was the introduction of Vanessa as a vocalist; it was at that point that the band went from being a minor side-project to a full-fledged obsession for all involved.

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