Giselle Woo and the Night Owls escape reality by performing across the Coachella Valley
By Terrah Starling
Hoots are being heard throughout the Coachella Valley.
Those hoots are being made by none other than Giselle Woo and the Night Owls. Playing a dynamic combination of psychedelic rock, desert rock, surf pop and reggae funk are Giselle Woo on rhythm guitar and electrifying vocals, David Macias shredding on lead guitar, Erik Mouness rocking out on the drums, and Andy Gorrill playing oh-so-sly on bass.
The group formed after jamming together.
“It’s our escape from reality,” says Woo. “… It’s our way of touching hearts and making the world a much more beautiful place.”
The members are from various parts of the Coachella Valley. Woo was born in Palm Springs but raised in Cathedral City. Mouness lives in Palm Springs. Gorrill and Macias live in the farther-out parts of the desert, such as Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley. Despite the distance, they have no problem coming together as one. Woo says they are “bringing the high and the low together in beautiful harmony.”
The songs they currently play were written by Woo, but everyone in this band contributes. They are now in the process of adding an additional gypsy rock/ska/salsa/punk sound that Macias has been tinkering with.
Woo and her Owls have spread their name across the desert, playing at the Date Shed for a consecutive two years, and performing at The Hood in Palm Desert. The group recently took part in the Lumpy’s Foundation for Autism benefit at the Indio Performing Arts Center. Originally, Woo was going to handle the gig on her own, but her band mates wanted to accompany her to the awesome event. They played during the 15 minute intermission, allowing other bands to break down and set up.
For more information and future show info, follow the band at www.facebook.com/GiselleWooandTheNightOwls.