Brooklyn’s eerily somber, lo-fi rock heros Woods will drench Australia with an extensive tour this January.
With a strikingly pure falsetto voice, Woods’ Jeremy Earl spills a twist of dark secrets and images within his songs.
After two early releases, Woods gained widespread critical acclaim with the release of ‘Songs of Shame’ in 2009. Since, escaping from their previously haunting acoustic albums, Woods combines deceptively sturdy melodies with off-kilter energy.
All seven albums have been released on Earl’s influential label Woodsist, which has released records from Real Estate, Kurt Vile and Sun Araw just to name a few.
Woods have just released their seventh album ‘Bend Beyond’ where Earl’s beautiful falsetto meets an unknown darkness of stuttered guitar and a collision of instruments.
January 2013 will see Woods bring their live show heavy with kraut-rock blackouts and distorting sound-scape journeys to Australia for the first time ever.
Wing & Gill and Polyester Records presents: WOODS AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2013
FRIDAY 18TH JANUARY – THE NATIONAL HOTEL – GEELONG
SATURDAY 19TH JANUARY – SUGAR MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL – MELBOURNE*
WEDNESDAY 23RD JANUARY – THE BAKERY – PERTH
Co-presented by Good Company
THURSDAY 24TH JANUARY – FORMAT – ADELAIDE
SATURDAY 26TH JANUARY – GOODGOD SMALL CLUB– SYDNEY
Co-presented by FBi Radio
Tickets on sale Monday 1st October
Tickets on sale through moshtix.com
* Tickets on sale now through Ticketmaster & Polyester Records
Woods Bend Beyond is out now via Woodsist/Remote Control.
New York group Woods return with new album Bend Beyond, set for release on Friday 14 September via Woodsist / Remote Control.
For their seventh album, Bend Beyond, Woods got dark. It’s not that they weren’t dark before—when you really get in there and listen, Jeremy Earl is singing about some heavy stuff, but it’s hidden under his gorgeous falsetto and sometimes obtuse lyrics. On Bend Beyond, though, Earl and company fully embrace that darkness.
Album opener ‘Bend Beyond’ has long been a jammy live staple, but here it’s compact and tight with a stuttered guitar line and a world-ending collision of instruments. Meanwhile ‘Is It Honest’ jangles along happily until you notice Earl is in a more destructive zone than the bright music initially suggests, singing ‘It’s so fucking hard to see’ as both a form of comfort and an act of despair.
Instrumentally, Bend Beyond is certainly the most full Woods record yet; guitars weave and bubble across peppy drumming, but lyrically Earl is at his most direct and spare. While previous albums sounded like they went directly from Earl’s brain to tape with minimal outside interference, Bend Beyond is lush and full-bodied, the work of a band in perfect, heavy harmony. Listening to the record as a whole, it feels like the most daring leap Woods has made yet: It captures the band’s live intensity, but keeps the intimate sadness that made them so great in the first place.
Woods – Bend Beyond Track-listing:
1. Bend Beyond
2. Cali in a Cup
3. Is It Honest?
4. It Ain’t Easy
6. Back to the Stone
7. Find Them Empty
8. Wind Was the Wine
10. Size Meets the Sound
11. Impossible Sky
12. Something Surreal
Stream the first single ‘Cali in a Cup’ below.
Woods – Beyond Bend is out Friday 14 September 2012 via Woodsist / Remote Control