Their band name may be based off of a children’s book, but their game is anything but immature. You know…maturation where it counts. Philadelphia-area, banjo-wielding (!) punk quintet, the Hundred Acre Woods are making a name for themselves with their odd-ball take on indie rock. Taking the best of PropertyOfZack favorite, Evan Weiss, and adding a touch of punk-gloom with a Modern Baseball glare, the Hundred Acre Woods is sure to make a believer out of you.
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Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Winthrop Stevens - Vocals/Acoustic Guitar
Zack Reinhardt - Electric/Acoustic Guitar and Vocals
Pat Loundas - Bass
Will Davis - Banjo/Vocals
Brandon “Kooger” Harrison - Drums
What’s your hometown (or what are your hometowns)?
ZR: We all met and more or less started the band in Chester County, Pennsylvania, but have since made Philadelphia kind of our “home base,” as most of the band currently lives in the city.
How did the band come together? How long has it been?
WS: Zack and I started the band in the fall of 2009 when I was a junior in high school and he was a senior. It started as more of a collective, with lots of different members lending their styles, but has since become a full group.
PL: I played shows with the band on drums for over a year before I ever practiced with them. It all started at high school coffee houses and then ended up in Philly basements.
WS: Pat recorded our first ever demo, and he’s been our homie-for-life since.
Why should people listen to your band?
WS: I think that we try to be as honest as possible in our songwriting. While I’m not sure if our music has a central theme, I hope that people can relate to the things that we say. For me I tend to focus on my own actions and how I can better myself as a person. I may not necessarily be saying anything that hasn’t been said before, but I hope that people can find a connection regardless.
ZR: Yeah, I’d agree with Throp in saying that I try to write things that will hopefully connect with a listener. I think I’ve always used music as an outlet to kind of isolate a feeling or mood or experience and trap it in a song. Even if it’s a feeling you’d rather not remember or revisit, it’s good to have it there in a song rather than letting it eat away at you.
How have you grown since you started?
WS: For me, we have grown a lot in terms of energy both on-stage and off. While I think our sound has always blended punk and folk, we have definitely drifted more towards the punk side of things in recent years. With earlier records we were at a sort of disposition in terms of our recorded material sounding different than our live show. We’ve always been a loud band, but our past records have been very stripped down. I think that our new record is going to display the punk aspect of who we are, which we have all wanted for a while.
What sets you apart from other bands?
ZR: Will Davis
BH: Beautiful facial hair.
WD: AWW, Guys.
What’s the best part about being in your band?
PL: Seeing a lot of new music for free. Shows rule.
BH: I second that.
ZR: For me I think it’s either playing live or just the process of taking something from its conception and building on it until we have a fully fleshed, finished song.
WD: For a while, I was the only one in the band who was 21, so when we would play shows at bars and whatnot, I would collect all of our beer tickets. That was pretty cool.
WS: I get to make music with my best friends in the world, and I don’t think I could ask for anything more. I might be an only child but they are definitely my brothers!
PL: Thropdad killin’ it with the real answers.