Andrew Paul Woodworth

Andrew Paul Woodworth

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

John Paul Jones once said of Andrew Paul Woodworth, "He's the best lyricist I have ever worked with." The legendary bassist for Led Zeppelin discovered the young talent in Los Angeles and was soon producing the debut album for Woodworth's band, Elephant Ride.

Biography

John Paul Jones called him the best lyricist he had ever worked with. At the L.A. Music Awards 2004 he was chosen “Male Vocalist of the Year”, and his music has been utilised for the Roswell-Show, by ESPN, the biggest sports broadcaster worldwide, and by the makers of the cult series Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. And yet, the biggest breakthrough in the life of Andrew Paul Woodworth came with the Beastie Boys’ smash party hit You Got To Fight For Your Right (To Party). His goosepimple-raising acoustic version left mouths gawping in amazement ― audiences as well as insider circles in the music biz ― and, in the end, turned out to be the kick that sent him starting off on a solo career as songwriter. The solo debut by Andrew Paul Woodworth is now ready for release: “Eddy Ate Dynamite”.

“Eddy Ate Dynamite, Good-Bye Eddy” is the mnemonic shortcut that kids in the USA use to become familiar with the basic notes of their guitar’s strings: E-A-D-G-B-E. For Andrew Paul Woodworth, the step up to a solo career is equally a new start with which he is beginning the game all over again.

Solidly anchored in the L.A. scene, Woodworth founded the post-Grunge band Elephant Ride in the ’90s. Their first album was produced by John Paul Jones, the legendary bass player from LedZep, at his own request. Though the feedback was decidedly positive, the album didn’t fulfil Sony’s commercial expectations. The result: no second album with a major label. In addition, internal problems within the band led to a split-up. In 2002, Woodworth brought the band Virgil to life, equally clearly Rock-oriented, and certainly an above-average Indie success: Movie theatres across the US presented Virgil in their audio programmes and screened the videos on Top 50 markets. The band played at SXSW, and at the LA Music Awards 2005 the Virgil album “My Paradise” received the award for the “Independent Rock Album of the Year”.

Nearly simultaneously, Andrew began recording his first songs of his own together with producer Christian James-Hand. While working, it was more of a mood that led to the creation of Fight For Your Right, but the feedback came right away ― for example from the producers of “One Tree Hill”, who immediately featured the track in their TV series.

At this point it became clear to Andrew that he was already in the midst of kicking off a solo career. He began writing songs like a man obsessed. Together with James-Hand he completed the EP I Hate Music, which promptly became a small Indie hit in a very limited edition. The next logical step: a full-scale album.

Produced by Evan Frankfort (The Wallflowers, The Jayhawks, Rancid), Eddy Ate Dynamite displays the diversity Andrew Paul Woodworth has to offer on 12 songs and 3 interludes; not to mention his love of both melody and painstakingly arranged instrumentation. So it’s no surprise that real strings can be heard on the album, two violins and one cello. Besides that, there’s a horn player, a banjo, a harmonica and all kinds of little sound gimmicks that turn the album into an ear-catching trip.

Andrew Paul Woodworth’s voice might perhaps be described as the love child of Michael Jackson, Eddie Vedder and Jeff Buckley: emotional and entranced by melody, but never soft or powerless. Eddy Ate Dynamite reveals Woodworth as a man addicted to harmony through and through. It presents a kaleidoscope of different styles of playing within Pop and Songwriting. From light-on-its-feet and radio-worthy to introverted and melancholy and on to playfully complex harmony lines enhanced by suggestive horn arrangements, Woodworth pulls out all the stops time and again in order to find new approaches for his songs. Remarkably, a certain lightness weaves its way through all the tracks that enables listeners to lean back and enjoy.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that Eddy Ate Dynamite is just a carefree experience. A kind of double-bottomed meaning characterises nearly all the lyrics on the album. Even when they deal with hope, the optimistic search for a better place and a whole lot of love on the surface, lurking behind there is often a problem, something out of the past to be coped with, or him simply settling accounts with himself. It’s the conflict that arises for someone who doesn’t make things easy for themself, and it always involves the darkness that shimmers though wherever light shines. For instance, Thick Black Mark, the supposedly cheerful opening cut, sings the praises of having friends while bitterly settling accounts with one’s own feelings of guilt at the same time; The Day After The Day After Tomorrow is simultaneously an optimistic look ahead while wrestling to be freed from inner compulsions. Woodworth’s texts are both: artfully encoded lyrics that focus on themes which are valid for one and all, yet also lyrics that don’t shy away from calling a spade a spade. Woodworth has a sharp eye, an eye schooled by constantly seeking his own centre, which, in turn

Lyrics

Thick Black Mark

Written By: Andrew Paul Woodworth

In starless skies above the weather
I only hide to sleep on stretchers.
Another thick black mark
Upon a thin white heart.

And if I could prove my heart was bigger than my ego
Could I expect my friends to forgive me for the things that made me
wrong?
If my behavior made me better than my thoughts are
Could I demand that I be counted among the cleanest and the strong,
right or wrong?

We’re primitive like roses, rocks and shells and
The tiny grin of an infant.
I think we sleep too much
And starve ourselves of sun.

Everything To Everyone

Written By: Andrew Paul Woodworth

I’m uncomfortable getting massages.
I don’t like to be stuck in a crowd.
But I would like to ride bicycles through your marathon.
I don’t want to be alone at a party.
I don’t want to be the knock on a door.
I’d like to hypnotize you to be unhypnotizable
And stand beside your wall.

And if you want to make it hard on me
Just be everything to everyone.
I know you’re wondering who you are darling.
I know we can be whatever we want.
I see you fumbling your keys darling.
Let me take the power out of those things.
You’re safe with me.

So I find myself asking you questions like,
“What’s the life expectancy of a spy?”
You can find your savior in the Oregon marching band,
Or when buying land.

What if we shut it off?

And if you want to make it hard on me
Just be everything to everyone.
I know you’re following your heart darling.
I know we can do whatever we want.
I see you twitching in your seat darling.
Let me put the power back in your dreams.
You’re safe with me.

Discography

I Hate Music (2005)
Eddy Ate Dynamite (2008)

Set List

Different Sets from 30 to 90 minutes.
Shows possible in different line ups from APW solo to Andrew Paul Woodworth and a full piece band.