"Yahoo Music is excited to debut the new music video,“My Eyes,” from their latest EP, Still Lions, for fans to get a taste of their sound."
“If this track ("Where I Am") is any indication on the quality of musicianship and songwriting on the new releases, then it’s something I will be looking forward to.”
“Pennies immediately kicks things off with a bold guitar melody that brings forth elements of grunge and rock which teams up with some angelic sounding guitar chords which set up a lovely backdrop for frontwoman Rosie Pacla’s wonderful vocals. Winds and Walls work this strong beginning into a track that boasts a huge instrumental full of chords, harmonies and all sorts of different sections to keep it sounding fresh and always on the move. It’s great.”
“Winds and Walls, the rising band hailing from New York City, has all of the hallmarks of what a successful pop rock band should sound like.”
“Pop/rock band Winds & Walls just released their brand new single, “My Eyes.” The single is a stunning, building instrumentation that will leave listeners breathless. With a haunting tone, and catchy refrain, the track is irresistible. The more I listen to it, the more I wish Winds & Walls would just go on tour with DIVIDES.”
“Winds & Walls, named after a song Rosie has composed, really sound like no one else out there. The only comparisons (and they are pale ones at that) I can think of is either a heavier, guitar-driven, less poppy Go Go’s, or Silversun Pickups with a female vocalist. I told you; it’s tough to nail down their sound. All I can say, it is a tremendous, addictive sound. I love it. I am now an official Winds & Walls addict.”
““Pharmacist”/”rock star” is a helluva dichotomy, but Rosie Pacla makes this unlikely career combo work. After all, it takes quite a bit of conviction to get a doctoral degree in six years, so adding on writing and performing duties is a natural extension of that internal drive. Along with friends Lawrence Turco, Andrew Reyes, Quentin Carver, and her younger brother Joey, Pacla makes music with heft and stakes; everything is personal, but in the best way.”
“One of the most unique pack of rockers we’ve ever interviewed, NYC’s Winds & Walls (Rosie Pacla, Joseph Pacla, Lawrence Turco, Andrew Reyes, Quentin Carver) is an indie-pop-alt-rock outfit that’s damn near as professional in their off-the-stage lives as they are on the stage, bringing together a complicated mix of sounds that’s smooth like butta.”
“One of the beautiful things about being a fan of post-hardcore is that it's a genre with a lot of room to explore a host of sounds. The Devil & God Are Raging Inside Me by post-hardcore/pop punk icons Brand New fuses acoustic songwriting with walls of reverbed out guitar noise and Jesse Lacey's wail to create a sound that is atmospheric and distinct. Nirvana are "grunge" but there are tracks on Nevermind that have more in common with Dinosaur Jr. and Husker Du than grunge's traditional welding of pop hooks with punk guitar riffs (and reverb...so much reverb). And on their track "Pennies, New York post hardcore indie rockers Winds & Walls let their heavier roots take a back seat to an almost folksy, poppier sound while still hinting at the edges and intensity just around the corner.”
“New York’s Winds and Walls have a rather interesting story what with having pharmacist, Rosie Pacla as their lead singer, earning herself a doctorate at the age of 23. Impressive indeed, however it looks like Pacla’s future path involves music more than prescription drugs.”
“Indie-pop act from New York. Catchy lyrics and super sweet music.”
“From what I’m hearing here, and knowing what works out there in music today, it shouldn’t be any tougher for this band to get signed than to simply walk into the office of a record-label of their choosing, sit down, maybe a handshake and a cookie or two, and then ask where they’re supposed to sign. Truly, no BS whatsoever, if you’re a fan of the sounds I’m describing or a fan in general of powerhouse singers, Winds & Walls are that good and clearly that ready for the next step wherever that may lead them.”
“[INTERVIEW] For the remainder of 2015, we’re working on our third EP, “The Hollow Sessions” which will be a sort of acoustic EP with a twist. Some songs will be reprises of the old material, and there may be 1 or 2 new songs with a different sound. We also have shooting our third music video for the song, “My Eyes” to look forward to in August. As well as performing at the Bowery Electric in Manhattan and at the Fifth Estate in Brooklyn. We plan on releasing the third EP toward the end of the year.”
“INTERVIEW: What was it like to work with Rob Freeman and how did that relationship develop? --- Working with Rob Freeman is quite the experience. He’s been more of a mentor to us in the recording process since he’s really the only producer we’ve worked with. We’ve learned a lot from him and he pushes us in our development as recording artists. Working with him is sort of a tough-love experience because he’s such a good guy and is passionate about music.”
"The proof is in the numbers with W+W, ranking among the Top 25 NYC bands in the Alternative category on Reverbnation, which is no easy feat when you're in the 2nd largest music market in the U.S."
8.0/10: I AM ENTERTAINMENT
Winds and Walls (W+W) have put the punch back into the female fronted rock band
model. The combined talents of Rosie Posadas (vocals), Joey Posadas (guitar),
Lawrence Turco (drums), Andrew Reyes (bass), and Ben Kriegler (guitar) make for one
amazing rock band. The NYC based rockers' latest release, THIRD RAIL, showcases their
ability to capture the essence of alternative rock music; proving that W+W can thrash with
the best of them. The proof is in the numbers with W+W, ranking among the Top 25 NYC
bands in the Alternative category on Reverbnation, which is no easy feat when you're in
the 2nd largest music market in the U.S.
THIRD RAIL offers five indie rock tracks that border on the edges of hardcore punk and
alternative music. Of the songs available on this EP, my favorite track is Hindsight
because of the overall sound. While the music is somewhat similar to the other great
tracks on this project, the lyrics on this one stood out for me. The subject matter along
with the vocal delivery by Rosie really put me in head space W+W was in when this song
was written. Hindsight truly is 20/20, and we either learn from the blurred vision we had
before the situation in question took place, or we're doomed to repeat the same
mistakes. I also enjoyed how W+W mixed the hardcore guitar thrashes with the soft, yet
wide range vocals we hear on this song. The contrasts are very nice.
Overall, Winds and Walls is a great band, and their THIRD RAIL is a solid EP. If you like
hardcore, alternative, or indie rock music, don't wait to hear this band and their music.
Comparable to bands like Paramore and Flyleaf, W+W really are an earful of awesome
talent and top notch music. I'd recommend this band in a heartbeat, and who knows, you
might hear them on The Miews podcast soon and see them in I Am Entertainment
magazine? Be sure you browse their website (link above) to learn more about this killer
I can’t even begin to imagine the amount of sheer wax build-up a person would have to have in their ears to not hear the impact that Paramore and the music of Hayley Williams have had on this new band Winds & Walls. You’ll hear it prevalently there in every tune of this five song EP…and you’ll have to decide what side of the fence you fall on quite quickly; are you happy to hear more of a sound you know & love, or would you be happier hearing this talented band go in their own direction and put more distance between their music and the rest? It’s always a tough call…and truthfully I’m likely to fall on either side of that fence. I like new, exciting and groundbreaking sounds that I’ve never heard before…maybe even more so than I know any other person to be; but I also can’t deny that more of a good thing is, well, a good thing…at least to me!
This isn’t anything like finding out Rusell Crowe couldn’t be in your movie and you had to substitute Topher Grace into the lead role…there’s nothing budget about the sound in Winds & Walls…this is music that hits every bit as hard as their influences and they’ve clearly put the work into this self-titled EP to make it as flawless as it is. I can tell you firsthand as a fan of what Hayley Williams has brought to music myself, that if you ARE into that sound and the dynamics/dramatics that come with that style, then you’re absolutely going to love this EP from Winds & Walls.
Ok ok ok…enough about the Paramore references or I’m just going to end up like every other review they’re going to get in this first go around…
What I DO want to talk about, is Rosie Pacla. What an incredible talent. This is one of those moments I love most when I hear music for the first time to review…when you can clearly identify a future superstar as easily as this. Her voice is powerful; well-beyond her young age, Rosie is without a doubt the main feature and attraction in the music of Winds & Walls. What makes this band a complete band, is the fact that these guys; Joey Pacla (Guitar), Lawrence Turco (Drums), Andrew Reyes (Bass) and Ben Kriegler (Guitar) are writing their music completely structured to put her on this pedestal and platform to allow her to really get the maximum out of her voice. And Rosie does – on every track she’s got a part so powerful that it should knock you on your ass easily if you’ve got the volume up nice & loud. She’s perfect; I couldn’t find a note or a tone I’d change, and I was blown away by her consistency and her incredibly melodic song-writing instincts.
It really does need that music to come out perfectly in support though, and all four of the guys backing her never let her down for a moment. From the stuttered stop/start of “In A Little Bit,” they get the energy pumping quickly and burst right into a beautifully melodic chorus. Much credit to Rosie of course, but also to the people mixing her vocals – they’re nailing it too. From the harmony-laden and truly beautiful backing vocals she puts in there to the dynamically powerful lead parts and heights she reaches to, all the elements are mixed just the way they should be to make it all truly stand out.
You can hear the band’s confidence grow slightly edgier on the track to follow, “Lotus,” which brings in a bit more aggression and builds towards one colossal ending. BUT…
Well…well you see…it’s just that…
When you write a song as powerful and well-performed as the following track “Hindsight,” it might just eclipse the rest on this energy-driven EP! What am I supposed to do – NOT say that? Just like what, like radio is somehow NOT supposed to play this? YEAH RIGHT – cause I’m clearly making my statement known here, and in time I can’t imagine radio not holding onto to this and spinning it like the gold that it truly is. This is Winds & Walls firing on absolutely all-cylinders and taking their sound to the maximum height of their talent in a true display of power and emotional-tone mixing together to bring about a captivating experience that will fully saturate, penetrate and invade deeply, your earholes.
What I REALLY liked about this EP, was the fact that I felt like this could easily apply to these final three tracks. All five of them as a set feature real strengths in songwriting all the way through, but the final three tracks are just a stone’s throw away from landing in the mainstream…if that’s the direction Winds & Walls wants to go – I personally can’t see anything getting in the way of them making that deal. From what I’m hearing here, and knowing what works out there in music today, it shouldn’t be any tougher for this band to get signed than to simply walk into the office of a record-label of their choosing, sit down, maybe a handshake and a cookie or two, and then ask where they’re supposed to sign. Truly, no BS whatsoever, if you’re a fan of the sounds I’m describing or a fan in general of powerhouse singers, Winds & Walls are that good and clearly that ready for the next step wherever that may lead them.
As it wraps up with “Coming Down,” they bring the stop/start energy to the verse they started us out with, but also a more mysterious & dramatic element to this song than the warmer inviting sounds on the opening of “In A Little Bit.” Lawrence Turco gets to definitely display some capabilities here in a very large & complex drumbeat that he pulls off hugely. Combining that with the big bass sound of Andrew Reyes and you’ve got yourself a HUGE sound in this last track. That being said, when it breaks down to a slow jam in the middle of the track, it just sounds incredible, and the guitar work from that moment on becomes a stand out as Joey Pacla and Ben Kriegler get their own turn in the spotlight.
But in the highlight moment of this entire EP, that final rush towards the end of this final track…here comes Rosie once again….and off the top-ropes she comes jumping out of this final song with every ounce of power she contains…and blows the roof off this EP just before its final moments. What great skill, dynamics and capabilities these five have…it’s really a pleasure to have listened to. You can bet solidly on Winds & Walls…you WILL be hearing more and more from this band as time marches on. This is the beginning of a long future for them and a wild sonic ride for us.