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Wee Boy Pretty

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | SELF

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | SELF
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""Get your copy of this CD now, before this band get snapped up by some big record company, and you have to fork out £16 for it in your local megastore.""

It's a beguiling but dangerous rollercoaster that runs the full gamut of styles and emotions - interspersed with odd noises, samples and studio out-takes. The nucleus of Phroyter's [now Wee Boy Pretty] sound is Joanna Cairns' wistful, yearning voice and Sandor Gyurkovics' intricate layers of guitars... It feels so fresh that it should be kept in the fridge, not the CD rack. - John Pierpoint, OTV


""Get your copy of this CD now, before this band get snapped up by some big record company, and you have to fork out £16 for it in your local megastore.""

It's a beguiling but dangerous rollercoaster that runs the full gamut of styles and emotions - interspersed with odd noises, samples and studio out-takes. The nucleus of Phroyter's [now Wee Boy Pretty] sound is Joanna Cairns' wistful, yearning voice and Sandor Gyurkovics' intricate layers of guitars... It feels so fresh that it should be kept in the fridge, not the CD rack. - John Pierpoint, OTV


""...I ‘d listened to the album about 58 times I wasn’t bored.""

Finding the album was a glorious moment of serendipity: I happened to hear a track played by Tom Robinson on [BBC] 6 Music and, after a mild grumble about them being unsigned , he gave out their website address so you could buy the album. The rest, as they say, is a credit card transaction.

“Crazy Pills” paddles a laid-back funky groove reminiscent of dying-20th-century Bristol: Massive Attack, Sneaker Pimps, Portishead...There’s jazzy, there’s funky, there’s out-and -out commercial pop, The album is fascinating, delightful, enjoyable, interesting.

...this is my third attempt to review the album...About half way through it dawned on me that although I ‘d listened to the album about 58 times I wasn’t bored. In fact, I still find the album perplexing and intriguing...

Phroyter [now Wee Boy Pretty] certainly have something rather wonderful going on...the album is stuffed with endearing and entertaining musicianship and a fascination with intriguing (and delicious) sounds.

...Joanna’s vocals will arrest you, Sandor’s playing will fascinate you. Maybe like me you’ll like its glorious generous sounds, its sexy, seductive moments, its chilled-out blissfulness. - This Is Not TV - CD Review


"'Crazy Pills' has to be one of the unsigned highlights of the year."

Excerpts from the review...

'Crazy Pills' is a wild ride that takes you from chill out to burn out many times over. From the sultry acid jazz beats of "Blank Pages" and the porcelain-fragile acoustic beauty of "Yellow Fever", it's quickly evident that Phroyter can make accomplished songwriting sparkle with intricate guitar stylings, some well-chosen percussion and a vocal from Joanna that is sometimes raw, sometimes delicate, but always dead right for the song.

But unlikely combinations and strange directions are where Phroyter [now Wee Boy Pretty] really excel. ...Weird and fantastic in equal measure, you never know where this album is going to take you next.

For sheer passion, personality and invention, 'Crazy Pills' has to be one of the unsigned highlights of the year. Each tune is bursting with ideas and striving to put a new twist on traditional sounds - Overplay.com


""...this emphatically yells "HIT!""

"...this emphatically yells "HIT!" If there's any sanity left in this business (yeah, right...), it won't be long before this band get signed up." - Exposed Magazine Feature CD Review


""[Jo] has enough personality, confidence and sheer cheek to win over any crowd.""

What we have here is a pair of first-class songwriters, who are also fine musicians....as a frontwoman she [Jo] has enough personality, confidence and sheer cheek to win over any crowd. Sandor's guitar playing was inspired... - Gig Review - John Pierpoint, OTV/Independent Gig Review


"...it just jumped out of my headphones and I said "we've got to play it.""

Now here's something special. This is a CD that came in last week. Just put it on in the middle of a stack of about 60 that I was working my way through, and as soon as I heard this it just jumped out of my headphones and I said "we've got to play it."

After playing it Tom said:

We played a track called "Yellow Fever" and we were instantly inundated with emails. Now normally if we play a track by a band that people haven't heard before we might get one, or maybe two, enquiries if it's really, really good because only about one in 10,000 listeners actually bother to sit down and email in. Well, we got something like 17 emails in for Phroyter [now Shiny Thing] - BBC 6 Music - Tom Robinson's Evening Sequence


"...it just jumped out of my headphones and I said "we've got to play it.""

Now here's something special. This is a CD that came in last week. Just put it on in the middle of a stack of about 60 that I was working my way through, and as soon as I heard this it just jumped out of my headphones and I said "we've got to play it."

After playing it Tom said:

We played a track called "Yellow Fever" and we were instantly inundated with emails. Now normally if we play a track by a band that people haven't heard before we might get one, or maybe two, enquiries if it's really, really good because only about one in 10,000 listeners actually bother to sit down and email in. Well, we got something like 17 emails in for Phroyter [now Shiny Thing] - BBC 6 Music - Tom Robinson's Evening Sequence


"...to realize that it's not signed just made me think "oh, my God, why not?""

I haven't been able to listen to some new music for quite a while. So, I got round to it the other night and this, this is a whole album I just thought "this is great." Then to realize that it's not signed just made me think "oh, my God, why not?" So I'm appealing to those people with the power out there to listen up and take notice.

Now the track that I'm going to play you, it's so eclectic, this is the one that I though represented the vocals....Joanna's vocals on this track are just absolutely amazing, and it's called "Mint Sauce."

Play song......

And....there are so many tracks off this album that I could play you, that to be honest, I'm going to bring you a couple of tracks from that over the next few weeks.

- BBC 6 Music - Vic Mcglynn - National Radio Show


"...to realize that it's not signed just made me think "oh, my God, why not?""

I haven't been able to listen to some new music for quite a while. So, I got round to it the other night and this, this is a whole album I just thought "this is great." Then to realize that it's not signed just made me think "oh, my God, why not?" So I'm appealing to those people with the power out there to listen up and take notice.

Now the track that I'm going to play you, it's so eclectic, this is the one that I though represented the vocals....Joanna's vocals on this track are just absolutely amazing, and it's called "Mint Sauce."

Play song......

And....there are so many tracks off this album that I could play you, that to be honest, I'm going to bring you a couple of tracks from that over the next few weeks.

- BBC 6 Music - Vic Mcglynn - National Radio Show


Discography

'Sun On My Face' - Sunrype TV Commercial SINGLE
2009

CRAZY PILLS REMASTERED
2009

CRAZY PILLS
2004

TV PLAY:

SUNRYPE - National TV Commercial
2010

SAVE THE CHILDREN Appeal Show - Closing Theme
2009

BBC TV
Gardener's World:
'Me Me Me', 'Not Doing It', 'Mint Sauce', 'There's Always Someone Else'

Countryfile:
'Wee Boy Pretty', 'There’s Always Someone Else

The Afternoon Play
'Mint Sauce', 'Not Doing It'

RADIO PLAY:

CITR - 'Shameless' with Jonathon Brown
Live Set

BBC RADIO6 - Tom Robinson
'Blank Pages'

BBC RADIO6 - Vic McGlynn
'Mint Sauce'

RADIO6 INTERNATIONAL
'The Down' - Record of the Year 2005, 3rd Place

KERRANG!105.2 - The Unsigned Show
'Blank Pages'

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Bio

If WBP were a night out, they’d be a house party. They’re the random conversation with the guy called ‘Dolphin’ in the kitchen, they’re the toasting your hands on the fire pit, and they’re the rocking out on the beer soaked dance-floor. Freewheeling, intimate, always a good time.

WBP are a 4 piece alternative pop/rock band from East Vancouver.

Their music combines pop & rock in an approach similar to Feist and Morcheeba, but with a grit and boisterousness unique to WBP. Their deliciously catchy songs with striking lyrics, have undertones of funk and classic rock in their hooks and grooves, and quirky psychedelics in the guitar-scapes. It’s music for the funky intelligent optimist.

WBP formed over many leagues and miles. Jo & Sandor’s debut album ‘Crazy Pills’ was conceived in the garage they lived in, and completed in Birmingham, UK, where they piled mattresses up against the walls to keep out the neighbors, and keep in the heat.

Back in Vancouver in 2005, the band came together through a shared love of bare feet, playing with guitar pedals naked late into the night, shiny things, spastic energy and mini-wiener dogs. Wee Boy Pretty was born.

WBP are a soundtrack for living. They’re laid-back, but they’ve got sass, they’ve got groove. Perfect with your third glass of wine on a Tuesday night. For that kettle boiling hour on a Sunday morning, surveying the previous night’s carnage, trying to work out who you should be apologising to, and deciding on no one.

With their 2nd album due for release later this year, there’s a palpable energy at WBP base-camp, and they can’t just wait to get it out and play with it.