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On The Verge: Woods

posted September 11, 2012, 1:04 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases, Tour, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Woods, Widowspeak, Purling Hiss, White Fence, The Walkmen


Woods shares the B-side of the recently released 7″ single for “Cali In a Cup,” The band has also added even more dates to their Fall tour. SPIN is now streaming Woods‘ new LP, Bend Beyond in full.  Last week, the band premiered the first video from the album , the Adarsha Benjamin-directed “Cali In a Cup,” filmed on Super 8 at and around this year’s Woodsist Festival in Big Sur, CA. The band launches a national tour in Atlanta on Sept. 26 where they will team up at various points with White Fence, Widowspeak, Purling Hiss and The Walkmen.

More about Bend Beyond:

“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.”
- Sam Hockley-Smith

WOODS

Wed-Sep-26    Atlanta, GA        Variety Playhouse *
Thu-Sep-27    Nashville, TN        Cannery Ballroom *
Fri-Sep-28        Asheville, NC        Orange Peel *
Sat-Sep-29    Cincinnatti, OH        Midpoint Music Fest / Grammers *
Sun-Sep-30    Pittsburgh, PA        Mr. Smalls *
Tue-Oct-02    Toronto, ON        The Garrison
Wed-Oct-03    Ann Arbor, MI        Yellow Barn
Thu-Oct-04    Chicago, IL        Subterranean #
Fri-Oct-05        Madison, WI        Der Rathskeller at Memorial Union #
Sat-Oct-06    St Paul, MN        Turf Club #
Sun-Oct-07    Iowa City, IA        The Mill #
Tue-Oct-09    Denver, CO        Larimer Lounge
Fri-Oct-12        Portland, OR        Mississippi Studios
Sat-Oct-13    Vancouver, BC        Media Club
Sun-Oct-14    Seattle, WA        Barboza
Tue-Oct-16    Oakland, CA        New Parish
Wed-Oct-17    San Francisco, CA    Preservation Hall $
Thu-Oct-18    Santa Barbara, CA    TBD $
Fri-Oct-19        Los Angeles, CA    The Echo $
Sat-Oct-20    San Diego, CA        The Loft @ UCSD $
Sun-Oct-21    Pioneertown, CA    Pappy and Harriets $
Wed-Oct-24    Austin, TX        Red 7 %
Thu-Oct-25    Dallas, TX            Club Dada %
Fri-Oct-26        Memphis, TN        Hi Tone %
Wed-Oct-31    Chapel Hill, NC        Duke Coffeehouse %
Thu-Nov-01    Richmond, VA        Strange Matter %
Fri-Nov-02    Washington, DC    Red Palace %
Sat-Nov-03    New York, NY        Music Hall of Williamsburg %#

* = with The Walkmen
# = with Purling Hiss
% = with Widowspeak
$ = with White Fence

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