New Woods – “Rain On”

When James Toth, aka Wooden Wand, released Harem of the Sundrum And The Witness Figg in 2005, I coulda sworn (and did) that he was going to continue with this lo-fi scratchiness, providing a noisier and weirder path for folks already finding Devendra Banhart and some of those other freak folks a bit too staid. Since then Toth’s changed his moniker a half dozen times, all the while making increasingly bland classic rock albums: Wooden Wand & The Vanishing Worth. That said, a couple of his ex-backing Vanishing Voice bandmates — Jarvis Taveniere (also Meneguar) and sound-bender G. Lucas Crane — have gotten behind an idiosyncratic project that seems to have some legs. I liked Woods’ 2007 At Rear House (and reviewed it at the time for a site that has since killed its archives, so there goes that), but reversing Toth’s path, the forthcoming Songs of Shame (and the previous Woods Family Creeps) find Woodsist head Jeremy Earl, also of Meneguar, taking his new entourage into stranger, even more satisfying waters. “Rain On”:

Woods – “Rain On” (MP3)

Songs Of Shame is out 4/14 via Shrimper/Woodsist. You can hear more at MySpace. They were fun at SXSW. It continues:

04/01 – Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio #
04/08 – Lille, France @ TBA
04/09 – Paris, France @ La Mecanique Ondulatoire
04/10 – Dijon, France @ Kill Your Pop Festival
04/11 – Rotterdam, Netherlands @ Motel Mozaique
04/12 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ OCCII
04/13 – Brussels, Belgium @ Domino Festival

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