"Prosser” is the new project of Eric Woodruff, formerly of Bellingham, WA. spacerock band Delay.  His debut CD “Prosser” is a unique melding of indie rock and alt country, with hints of psychedelic and folk influence. Vocals, cello and a few keyboards are sprinkled on top layers and layers of the jangly guitars that form the basis of the sound. It is a modern take on a classic sound that many will fall in love with.

Raised in various suburbs of Seattle and Tacoma, Eric moved to Bellingham, WA. during his college years, where he earned a B.S. in geology; a degree pursued more out of love of the subject matter and less out of a desire for a career.  It was during this time that he got involved in the local music scene, experimenting with 4-track recording and playing in various local bands. The most notable of these is Delay, a psychedelic space-rock band whose tenure on the Bellingham music scene was brief (lasting from 2001 to 2003), but forceful.  Despite having a rapidly growing fan base and a newly recorded debut album, Delay took its last breath in 2003. A cd reissue is in the works.

Soon after Delay broke up, Woodruff moved down to Seattle and almost immediately began recording song ideas with his friend Dylan Rieck.  After buying a cheap drum set and a couple of microphones, “Prosser” was unofficially born in the basement. Woodruff played every instrument on the original recordings except for the cello, provided by Dylan Rieck.

The fall of 2005 witnessed the involvement of Paul Turpin and Dave Richards, who invited Woodruff to sign as an artist on their new label, Clickpop Records. In order to preserve the intimate sound and feeling of the original basement recordings, nearly all of the guitars, strings, and vocals were used in the final product. Don't be fooled though; the album is no mere basement demo. The sound has evolved immensely, excepting re-recorded drum tracks and utilizing polished studio techniques. The effect is harmoniously resonant, a happy medium struck between the original lo-fi charm and bigger studio production.

The entire creative process of “Prosser” has been something new for Woodruff, who stated, "I didn't know I was going to have an album until most of these songs were recorded, it was just something I was doing in my basement. Part for fun, part out of necessity to get thoughts and feelings out of my head and into a physical form…" Usually, Woodruff enjoys the creative coordination that two or more songwriters can have. He generally even prefers it and believes that his best work is produced in a cooperative environment.  However, “Prosser” is an exception, as he only had himself to turn to.  This very personal approach to songwriting can be felt on the finished product.
The sound of the record is timeless. Woodruff's ample musical prowess and the impact that some of his favorite bands (Guided By Voices, Pavement, Sonic Youth, Neil Young, Bedhead, Jesus and Mary Chain, and the Velvet Underground) have had on him combine to make something unique and actually worth listening to. Each track is elegant and beautiful in its capacity to be heartfelt, depressing, charming, or simply mesmerizing. “Prosser” appeals to its fans in some of the same ways that Nick Drake, Cracker, Elliot Smith, and Wilco pose for theirs.

Guest spots on the record include ex-Delay member Josh Haupt playing guitar on "Summer Song #1", and producer Paul Turpin playing organ, rhodes, and mellotron on several songs.

To translate these recordings onto the stage, Eric has recruited a full band consisting of various Seattle-area musicians. The cast includes his brother Brian Woodruff (guitar), Peter David (bass), Eric Peters (drums), and on occasion where an acoustic set is appropriate he is joined by Dylan Rieck (cello). The band has been playing shows around Seattle to a very favorable response, gaining momentum for the March 13, 2007 release via Clickpop’s new distribution arrangement with the spinART label. A subsequent tour will take place in the spring of 2007.

DATE VENUE LOCATION
08.20.2007 The Comet Tavern Seattle, WA
07.20.2007 The Mars Bar Seattle, WA
06.16.2007 The Comet Tavern Seattle, WA
05.25.2007 Tractor Tavern Seattle, WA
04.26.2007 The High Dive Seattle, WA
04.06.2007 Chiribins Bellingham, WA
03.15.2007 The Tap Room Austin, TX
03.01.2007 Rendezvous Seattle, WA
02.09.2007 The Comet Tavern Seattle, WA
     
     
     
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booking: starbirdpromo@comcast.net
myspace: myspace.com/prossr
clickpop records: clickpoprecords.com