“Huge Axeman” by Wooze

WOOZE recently released their new EP The Magnificent Eleven. The album follows the UK duo’s singles “Bittersweet Timpani”, “Birthday”, and “Cowardly Custard”. Released via Young Poet, and follows the band’s 2021 debut release “Get Me To A Nunnery” which saw the band earn widespread plaudits for their inimitable sound and visuals.

WOOZE have also recently announced a string of new UK live dates for September. The dates come as part of the National Lottery’s Revive Live tour and will follow a number of festival appearances this summer.

Alongside the EP release, the band have shared an animated video for their new single and EP closer, “Huge Axeman”. Hand-drawn frame-by-frame over a period of months by Jamie She in the mornings before work, the tongue-in-cheek video takes inspiration from 80s cartoons such as He-Man. The video sees the band battle it out against a huge axe wielding villain in space.

Speaking on the video, She says, “When we wrote the song in 2019, we imagined the ‘Huge Axeman’ as a similar physical beast to He-Man. It seemed obvious that the video needed to reflect this, so I said to Theo, “Theo, you know who’d be perfect for this? Jamie She, man.”

I had taught myself animation in my salad days, starting with flip books and, after a painful wait for a digital camera, (in the potato days), progressing to plasticine model adventures. Who could forget ‘The Incredible Help’ and ‘Mr Gumsley’s Treasure Hunt’? I hadn’t really done much in the two decades since and this was to be much more ambitious. But my He-Man fandom (or He Fandom) kept any fear at bay.

Having sent a storyboard to Theo, I got started. I drew each still on office paper, which I then scanned and coloured on the computer. I also hand painted the backgrounds as much as possible. A little sequence every day was my plan, as I knew pausing or relaxing would spell disaster. I hope the end result spells M.I.S.S.I.O.N.A.C.C.O.M.P.L.I.S.H.E.D.”

The Magnificent Eleven

1. Bittersweet Timpani
2. Birthday
3. Cowardly Custard
4. Huge Axeman

WOOZE 2022 Tour Dates

12th Sept – Exchange (Basement), Bristol
14th Sept – Hug & Pint, Glasgow
15th Sept – Quarry, Liverpool
16th Sept – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
1st Oct- Cro Cro Fest, Croydon

order The Magnificent Eleven by WOOZE HERE


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