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"Review of "8bit Monk""

"remnants of Curve, Peter Gabriel's soundtrack work, world music rhythms and Massive Attack." - Rollingstone.com

"8Bit Monk Album Write Up"

"gothy electronics and trip-hop squiggle...sounding like Marilyn Manson moonlighting as a moody software engineer." - Spin

"8bit Monk Album Review"

"verges on heady Kid-A territory without stepping foot in traditional rock waters." - Mean Streets

"Lollipop on 8bit Monk"

"Woven sound like Massive Attack and Squarepusher writing pop songs." - Lollipop.com


EPrime (Interscope)- EP
8 Bit Monk (Interscope)- LP
Aftermath (Cat Toy Records)- EP
Designer Codes (Cat Toy Records)- LP



In 2001, with the release of its debut EP titled EPrime (Interscope), the Los Angeles group Woven set out to pave new roads with their signature aesthetic blend of organic and synthetic elements. Exploring the spectrum of electronic and rock influences, the music travels a path from guitar-driven drum and bass to syncopated, sparse IDM, ending in a dark and brooding dream state. The eclectic songs from EPrime quickly made their way into heavy rotation and charted nationwide on CMJ as the 5th most added record that year for college radio then landing spots on L.A.'s groundbreaking radio station KCRW 89.9.

Throughout the next year, Woven solidified its niche as a unique group of sonic explorers devoted to taking listeners on astral and emotional aural excursions. In 2003, the band released their second endeavor with Interscope Records, 8 Bit Monk. A wildly imaginative odyssey through the cosmos of soft, glitchy static and melodic rock harmony. Seeking a dynamic mix similar to their debut, EPrime, they re-enlisted the London-based mixing genius, Stephen Fitzmaurice, who honed his mixing skills with such acts as Depeche Mode, U2, Fischerspooner, Seal and Magnet.

With the band drawing from such diverse influences as Bjork, Aphex Twin, Pink Floyd, Jane’s Addiction and Deftones among others, they would create otherworldly songbeds for listeners to lie in and ponder life's moody side. Such haunting moods would land two of 8 Bit Monk's songs, "My Conditioning" and "Soul Fossa", on the hit CBS show, CSI : Crime Scene Investigation. Continuing to attract the attention of new listeners across the globe, Woven became one of the first featured artists on iTunes' front page, receiving enough downloads to prompt iTunes to extend the bands coverage an additional two weeks. and would later receive positive nods from Spin Magazine and RollingStone.com.

In support of 8 Bit Monk the group toured with then labelmates, Dredg joined by Equal Vision’s Codeseven and Wind-up’s Strata gaining the respect of new fans along the way. Forging ahead on their own, Woven continued to perform across the country with a wide array of acts such as Buckethead, The Apex Theory, Mellowdrone, Pretty Girls Make Graves, They Might Be Giants and Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon among others.

Woven guitarist, Steve Abagon has performed with Perry Farrell’s post Jane's Addiction endeavor kicking off 1999’s seminal Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and recently contributed guitar tracks for folk-rock veteran Rickie Lee Jones on her album The Sermon On Exposition Street. (New West Records 2007) Ory Hodis, Woven's vocalist/guitarist has also recorded guitar tracks on Perry Farrell’s 2001 solo electronica record, Song Yet To be Sung (Virgin).

Currently, Woven are gearing up to release Designer Codes, the highly anticipated follow-up to 8 Bit Monk and will be touring nationally this fall to support it.