The Werks make some 'Magic'

Black Mountain News
The Werks have earned a devoted fan base across the world and reputation as an energetic, compelling and entertaining live act.

On their forthcoming LP "Magic," melodic visionaries The Werks transcend their funk rock roots. Poignant songwriting and engaging improvisation come together on a record that showcases their maturation as a multidimensional group of creative musicians.

The Werks play at Pisgah Brewing Co. Saturday, March 17. The Snozzberries open the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 advance, $18 door.

The virtuosic rhythm junkies of The Werks have released four studio albums over the past 10 years, performed well over 1,000 shows (including launching their own multi-day music festival The Werk Out) and released many live recordings, including last year’s "Live at The Werk Out" live album.

In that time the band has earned a devoted fan base across the world and reputation as an energetic, compelling and entertaining live act. They’ve developed a hard won confidence, and a willingness to chart new sonic territory on "Magic."

“This is our first truly multi-genre album” member Chris Houser said. “Each track has its own unique vibe and sound. We didn’t write these songs to please people. We wrote them because this is what we hear when we turn off the outside and let the creativity flow.” 

The songs on "Magic" started as sketches the band members crafted independently. Coming together in their sonic dojo The Werkspace, those seeds of groove were nurtured by the group, growing into fully wrought songs. “Our writing is collaborative,” said member Dan Shaw, “but starting with demos written individually gives each band member a chance to leave their fingerprint on a tune.”

The songwriting finished, the band decamped to Sonic Lounge in Grove City, Ohio. There lead engineer and producer Joe Viers (Blues Traveler, Twenty One Pilots) settled down to work with the studio’s legendary Amek/Neve 9098i mixing console. One of only 13 in the world, Sonic Lounge’s was originally installed in Olympic Studios in London, England, where it served to document the unique creative mojo of Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, and more.

Joining Viers were assistant engineers and producers Aaron Oakley and B.J. Davis, and the unstoppable horns of Columbus’ own Hoodoo Soul Band - Chris Young (trumpet), Kevin O’Neil (tenor sax), and Phil Clark (baritone sax).  

“This is a recording of the music that’s in our souls” band member Rob Chafin said. “In a way, the past decade has been leading to this moment. We play and write together so seamlessly now, we’re able to channel the inspiration in our hearts out into our instruments, and come at this from a pure place.”